20 Years of Making a Difference: Annual Report 2018

Hot off the presses, our 2018 Annual Report highlights the incredible impact AdoptAClassroom.org donors made for students across the nation.

Here’s a summary of this year from Executive Director Ann Ruhr Pifer:

In 2018, AdoptAClassroom.org celebrated its 20th Anniversary and laid the groundwork for the next 20 years by introducing an updated mission statement:

“Advancing equity in education. Powering today’s classrooms to prepare tomorrow’s graduates.”

To better fulfill that mission, we launched an entirely new technology platform and website which enabled us to provide both teachers and donors with new, more effective, and flexible ways to support education:

  • Teacher Program: Our new website made our traditional crowdfunding program for teachers easier to use for both teachers and donors (p. 3).
  • Spotlight Funds: Our new focused funds created a way for donors to “fund a passion,” and provided teachers with a way to access funding through AdoptAClassroom.org that does not involve traditional crowdfunding (p. 4-5).
  • Disaster Relief: New technology enabled us to respond quickly and effectively to connect donors with teachers and students in need following devastating hurricanes (p. 6).
  • Peer-to-Peer and Team Fundraising: New systems made it possible for donors like Yiran, who raised nearly $5,000 for our Highest-Need Fund by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, to create personal fundraising campaigns (p. 4).

Looking ahead to 2019, our investment in technology will also enable us to launch a new program to provide fundraising support to school principals and administrators. The AdoptAClassroom.org School Program will enable donors to support larger, school-wide projects that can have a transformative and lasting impact on education for many students (p. 7).

With your support, we will continue to “think bigger” about how we can advance equity in education by supporting teachers, students, and schools across the U.S.

2017-2018 School Year

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