Fundraising

Center for Green Schools and DonorsChoose.org

Make a larger impact than ever at your school with Green Apple Day of Service this year! Although many Green Apple projects can be implemented with little cost, making deep and meaningful impacts at schools can require funding. To ensure that you can make the difference you want to see at your school, the Center for Green Schools has teamed up with Shaw Contract and DonorsChoose.org to fund materials and supplies for your project.

For additional fundraising ideas and tips, check out our tip sheet for project fundraising.

What is DonorsChoose.org?

Free for public and charter school educators, DonorsChoose.org is a crowdfunding platform to help raise funds for the classroom. Educators raise money through the website for supplies or equipment listed in DonorsChoose.org’s extensive catalog. Once the fundraising is complete, DonorsChoose.org will order and ship supplies directly to the school.

For more information, go to DonorsChoose.org's about page. For directions on setting up an account, visit DonorsChoose.org's help page.

How do I get mini-grant funding?

Receiving mini-grants from the Center for Green Schools and Shaw Contract for your Green Apple Day of Service project only requires a few steps.

  1. Register your Green Apple project.
    • Create a USGBC account.
    • Log into greenapple.org using the same credentials from your USGBC account.
    • Add a project (click plus icon under "Your Projects" heading). Make sure your project addresses one or more of the three pillars of a green school: reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness and/or increasing environmental and sustainability literacy.
  2. Go Shopping. Decide what materials or resources your project requires. Have an educator on your team sign up on DonorsChoose.org and request those materials. When the project is approved, you’ll receive a six-digit project ID. This is separate from the five-digit teacher ID.
  3. Connect your accounts. Link your DonorsChoose.org page to your Green Apple registered project by copying the six-digit project ID from DonorsChoose.org into your greenapple.org project within the project registration field labeled DonorsChoose.org Project ID. You can make changes to your Green Apple project any point, while registering or after registration is completed.
  4. Raise the money. Remember, if your project is registered at greenapple.org and your DonorsChoose.org page is linked to your project, the Center for Green Schools will donate up to $200, while the funding lasts.

Green Apple Day of Service Projects Funded

As of September 2018

$8,631
to projects
6,654
students helped
32
projects fully funded
30
schools served
31
teachers supported

For each project that participates in the Green Apple Day of Service, the Center for Green Schools, in partnership with Shaw Contract, will donate up to $200 per project while funds last. View the Green Apple Day of Service profile page on DonorsChoose.org to learn more.