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Charles Best founded DonorsChoose.org at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx where he was a social studies teacher for five years. He thought up DonorsChoose.org during a lunch conversation with colleagues, and his students volunteered to help start the organization. To entice his fellow teachers to try out the new website, Charles offered them his mother's famous pear dessert.

Since its start in 2000, it has grown to serve all the public schools throughout the United States. As of August 2011, more than $86 million dollars had been donated to over 210,000 projects, helping more than 5,150,000 students in need.

The organization collects proposals from teachers and makes them available to public schools through its website. Individual donors can select projects and contribute as much as they are prepared to. DonorsChoose.org then purchases necessary supplies and provides them to the schools, and generates a line-item budget which is sent to the donor. In addition, donors who contribute $100 or more to a project, or who complete the funding for a project, also receive a "thank-you package" of thank-you notes from students, photographs of the project, and a letter from the teacher.

DonorsChoose.org has won several awards for its work, such as:

2008 Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Award
2007 TechCrunch Crunchies, "Most likely to make the world a better placeā€
2007 Time Magazine 50 Best Webites 2007
2007 Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Award
2005 Amazon.com Nonprofit Innovation Award
2005 BusinessWeek Best of the Web
2004 Tech Museum Global Technology Laureate and Microsoft Education Award

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