Update 10/25: Winners have been selected and notified! Read below to see each of the winning ideas.
- Building & Maintaining Strong Classroom Communities from Ms. Korab
- Humans of Our School from Mrs. Polizzi
- Interviewing our Muslim and Arab Community Members from Ms. Einhorn
- Advertising Addiction: Media Literacy in the Art Room from Ms. Mernick
- Breaking Ice, Building Relationships from Mrs. Nieves
- Operation Acceptance from Mrs. Jackson
- Say No to Jim Crow: Jazz in Louisiana from Mrs. P
- The Red Pencil: Stamping to Welcome Refugees from Mrs. W
Update 9/20: All funding for this opportunity has been applied to eligible projects! It's been wonderful to see how tolerance and acceptance are being taught in classrooms across the country. If any additional funding becomes available, we'll update this page.
Starting May 2, an anonymous funder is matching donations to qualifying projects that promote and teach about tolerance.
Teachers know that tolerance can blossom in the classroom, and we want to see your best ideas for fostering tolerance among your students and your communities! Maybe that’s a field trip to a history museum, a class set of autobiographies, or something else that’s unique to your area. Check out these examples for inspiration:
- Nonfiction Literature Circles for a Post-2016 Election World
- Authentic Learning Through Virtual Reality
- Social Justice Book Club: Choice in the Literature Classroom
Innovative projects focused on teaching tolerance will also be eligible to win a $10,000 DonorsChoose.org Tolerance Prize. Recognizing that teaching tolerance looks different in different communities, classrooms will be considered for one of three separate prizes: one for urban schools, one for suburban schools, and one for schools in rural settings.
Here’s how to qualify:
- Enter the campaign code TOLERANCE on the “HI” screen of the project creation process (click "Got a campaign code?" at the bottom, and enter TOLERANCE as shown below). If you're submitting a Professional Development project, you won't be able to use a campaign code. Instead, use the word "tolerance" somewhere in your project.
- Create a project that requests resources that will help you teach about tolerance and help your students promote acceptance in and out of the classroom
- Mention any noteworthy details about your students, their communities, and what makes your classroom special
- Keep your total project goal under $850 (total project goal includes all fees, taxes, shipping, and the suggested donation)