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2X Match on professional development projects, thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Update 5/29/18: Funding for this match offer has been fully applied to eligible projects and donations will no longer be matched. We are thrilled to see all of the amazing projects created to help teachers grow and learn! We will update this page if additional funding becomes available.

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Earlier this year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported a 2X Match on all professional development projects, in hopes of finding out the things teachers want to learn most.  We surveyed teachers who had projects fully funded through that match offer and learned that their favorite PD offerings fell into 5 categories: mindfulness, diversity and inclusion, literacy, school culture, and peer-to-peer learning.

This new match offer from the Gates Foundation will support professional development projects that help educators learn about one of those 5 categories with matched donations.  The Gates Foundation believes that when teachers invest in their own development, they help to create student-ready schools. They’re eager to support teachers learning the things that matter most to them with this 2X Match offer!

Create a project requesting professional development resources or experiences aligning with one of these 5 themes:

    • Mindfulness and emotional wellness
    • School culture and engaging classrooms
    • Literacy
    • Inclusive teaching
    • Peer-to-peer learning

Here’s how to qualify:

  • Create a professional development project requesting resources or experiences that will empower you to be a more effective educator in one of the categories above.
  • If you’re requesting funding for a conference, be sure to follow the guidelines for trips on DonorsChoose.org: namely that your trip date must be between 2-8 months from when your project is posted.
  • Keep your total project goal under $1,200, including taxes, shipping, fees, and the suggested donation to support DonorsChoose.org.
  • In your essay, describe how your project connects to one of the 5 themes above.

Create your project

If your project meets the criteria above, you should see the match offer applied to your project as soon as it’s approved and live on the site (however, it won’t appear during Friends and Family Pre-funding). New donations will be matched one-to-one as long as funding remains.