Charles Best: A Charity That Puts You in Charge (VIDEO)

[ 0 ] December 9, 2011 | connects you to classrooms in need. Watch founder Charles Best on his passion for public school funding and how you can double your giving with Real Simple magazine:

In 2000, social studies teacher Charles Best was frustrated with the lack of funding at his Bronx public school. Motivated by his colleagues, Charles wanted to create a program that gave people more control over their donations. The product:

And since the holidays are so nice, why not give twice? That is the idea Real Simple magazine and had when they teamed up to double your donations. Visit, enter promo code REALSIMPLE — and just like that — every $1 you give turns into $2.

“I was a history teacher in the Bronx for five years and during my first year of teaching I found my colleagues and I talking all the time about books we wanted our students to read and a field trip we wanted to take them on,” Best told genConnect. “We were spending our own money on copy paper and pencils but these ideas we had for projects that would bring the subject matter to life never went beyond the teacher’s lunchroom. I figured there were people out there who wanted to help improve our public schools but needed a way to give directly, to give with confidence and to hear back from the classroom they had just helped. That’s what prompted us to start this website. is a peer-to-peer philanthropic network that has raised over $80 million for public schools and students. The organization envisions a nation where children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education. For more information and to learn how you can help, visit

Ring in the holidays with genConnect and Real Simple magazine at the 2011 Real Simple Holiday Pop-Up Shop, presented by Citi at Bryant Park.

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About Charles Best: Charles Best founded at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx where he was a social studies teacher for five years. He thought up during a lunch conversation with colleagues, and [...]
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