Giving Compass' Take:

• Jessica Cunha at Charity Navigator lists five ways that donors can help enrich learning communities for students to thrive.

•How do you currently support classrooms in your community? Do you find it more impactful to volunteer time, resources, or direct donations to schools? 

• Read more about why philanthropy in the classroom will help students. 


Education plays a major role in shaping children’s lives. It provides them with the tools they need to succeed in the career path of their choosing. Classrooms are a place where children can increase their knowledge, engage their curiosity, and expand their horizons.

Unfortunately, support for many classrooms is limited.With this in mind, here are the top five ways you can support a classroom and foster a vibrant learning environment in your community and across the country.

  • Donating supplies- In many classrooms, everyday supplies like pencils, notebooks, and tissues are scarce. Often teachers dig into their own pockets to provide these necessities in their classrooms.  It may not seem like a significant contribution, but a pack of pencils, crayons, a roll of paper towels, or a box of tissues can go a long way in creating a stronger learning environment.
  • Sponsoring a teacher or classroom- If there is a specific subject, topic, or activity that resonates deeply with you, funding a classroom project may be the best way for you to give. Platforms like DonorsChoose.org allows donors to read about different classrooms and specific requests from teachers, choose one to support, and receive updates about what kind of impact that contribution made.
  • Starting a school supply drive- A great way to get your community involved is to start a school supply drive.
  • Volunteering- A simple yet impactful way to support classrooms is through volunteering. You can contact a local school directly to inquire about ways to get involved or work with a group that offers volunteering opportunities like the Center for Creative Education, a 4-star organization which promotes arts education.
  • Mentoring- Supporting a classroom can go beyond the classroom. Access to a mentor or multiple mentors can broaden a student’s world view.

Read the full article about how donors can support classrooms by Jessica Cunha at Charity Navigator.