DonorsChoose.org and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a partnership to help maximize children's learning in Butte County public schools. PG&E is providing a Double Your Impact offer through DonorsChoose.org to match 50 percent of funding needs of classroom projects across the county, up to $25,000. This program is the first of its kind to support education in Butte County.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects local communities to public schools in need. Educators from across Butte County post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscopes for biology class.
Community members can visit the web site, browse project requests and make a contribution to a local classroom. Once community members have funded 50 percent of the project cost, PG&E will provide the remaining 50 percent of the funding to fulfill the need – effectively doubling the impact.
By inspiring a dollar-for-dollar match, PG&E's $25,000 investment will be leveraged to ultimately deliver $50,000 to Butte County classrooms. These funds are anticipated to fund dozens of classroom projects and provide hundreds of students across Butte County with the materials and experiences they need to be successful in school. There are currently 44 classroom projects submitted by Butte County teachers on the site.
"With nearly 500 PG&E employees living in Butte County, supporting the children in this community is a personal commitment," said Ezra Garrett, vice president of Community Relations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and executive director of the PG&E Corporation Foundation. "By partnering with DonorsChoose.org, we are able to connect with our local teachers and provide them with exactly what they need to create an exciting and engaging learning environment for their students."
DonorChoose.org was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to addressing the scarcity and inequity of distribution of materials and learning experiences in our public schools. By providing an avenue for small, directed contributions, community members are able to choose which projects to fund. The organization's mission is to engage the community in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity.
"PG&E has been committed to supporting local communities for more than 100 years," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "This is an exciting initiative for our organization and will enable citizens to engage with innovative teachers in a simple, immediate way."
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), strives to power strong communities throughout Northern and Central California. Throughout 2012, PG&E has provided over $23 million in community support throughout its service territory, including educational initiatives. PG&E is committed to supporting innovative programs that provide students and teachers opportunities to learn and prepare for the future, the future of California, and the future of the energy industry. Community investments are funded entirely by shareholders.
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Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org (www.donorschoose.org) is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers post requests, and then individuals can browse and fund projects that speak to them. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and teacher thank-you letters. To date, 250,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for more than $156 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through DonorsChoose.org, individuals from all walks of life have helped 7.9 million students.