is a 10-year old organization I'd never heard of until I started following the Adam Lambert fandom, but as it is sponsored not only by him but by two LiveJournal communities that follow him -- hooplamagnet and teamlambliff -- I took a look and have since donated a couple of times.
I especially like this way of giving as there is an immediacy to it and those who donate are able to see actual results as the teachers, all from improvrished areas across America who are in need and who have made requests for funding of their projects -- art and music and reading supplies as this is the part of DonorsChoose Adam has specifically chosen to be a part of -- use email and photographs to show what has been accomplished once their individual requests have been funded. Plus you are joining together with other donors who, after checking all the possibilities, chose the same project as you.
That having been said, I received the following in my email this morning and yes, this would be the part where I got teary-eyed. Such generosity astounds me, even having the ability to be so generous astounds me. And as this directly affects my state, California, it is just that much more awesome. Hopefully others of means will take note and do the same in every state.
Also: Through teamlambliff , there is a Badgers and Creeper's Giving Page in honor of Tommy Joe Ratliff, Adam's cute-as-a-button base player. This is a giving exchange where writers and graphics people will do what they do best in exchange for donations. More about that here.
Out of the blue, in the middle of a recession, the phone rang. What would it cost, the caller asked the founder of DonorsChoose.org, to fund every California teacher's wish list posted on the Web site?
The founder, Charles Best, thought perhaps the female caller would hang up when he tossed out his best guess: "Something over $1 million," he told her.
Twelve hours later, the woman, Hilda Yao, executive director of the Claire Giannini Fund, sent Best an e-mail. It said, in short, OK.
A day later, Yao mailed a check of more than $1.3 million to cover the entire California wish list, 2,233 projects in all, with an extra $100,000 tossed in to help pay for other teacher needs across the country. The projects funded by the donation range from about $100 to cover pencil sharpeners or paper to thousands of dollars for technology,
"Use of the word 'miracle' is not an overstatement," Best said Tuesday, a day after 1,000 California teachers were notified that their needs were funded. "I think it's fair to say it's the best first day of school they've ever had."