Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced on Monday, as part of the annual teacher’s appreciation week, it is launching a “We Love Teachers” fundraiser. This initiative is described as a national initiative to support K-12 teachers and GoFundMe will donate $1,000 to 100 campaign created by and for K-12 teachers.
According to the funding portal, as part of this initiative and in an effort to further reduce teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses, Yoobi, a school, home and office supplies company, will be offering an exclusive discount on supplies to all teachers benefiting from campaigns on GoFundMe. The funding platform also reported:
“We all know schools across America are chronically underfunded. In order to ensure their students receive the best possible education, educators invest significant amounts of their own money in an effort to bridge resource gaps. According to an independent study, teachers collectively spend $1.6 billion out-of-pocket every year on classroom supplies, with an average spend of $500 per teacher per year. In fact, 91% of teachers used some of their own money to pay for school supplies. New data shows the growing trend of teachers, parents, and staff turning to GoFundMe to support K-12 classrooms. To date, $33.8 million has been raised by nearly 72,000 GoFundMes to support K-12 teachers.”
While sharing details about the fundraiser, Rob Solomon, CEO of GoFundMe, stated;
“Every student in this country deserves a quality education, and far too often the burden falls on teachers to make up for gaps in funding. That’s why everyone at GoFundMe is excited for this opportunity to give back to the hardworking teachers who educate and inspire our kids.”
To be eligible to win a $1,000 donation, campaign organizers must create their fundraiser by May 8th and raise more than $500 by May 18th. Yoobi will also identify a teacher among the 100 winning campaigns chosen by GoFundMe to receive a special gift of essential school supplies for their entire school. Later in the month, the $1,000 donation and gift of supplies will be presented by representatives of GoFundMe and Yoobi during a celebratory event at the school of the teacher selected.
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