Update 5/4/2021 7:00 PM EST: Funding for this sitewide 1.5X Match has finished. Thank you to our wonderfully innovative teachers and donors. No new donations will be matched.
The SONIC Drive-In Teacher Appreciation match offer has launched! The match will be available while funds last. From 7AM ET - 7PM ET 5/4, we’ll be tracking how much funding is remaining. Check out the bottom of this article for regular updates.
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day, on Tuesday, May 4th, starting at 7:00 AM ET, all live, approved projects will receive a 50% match. That means a $40 donation will become a $60 donation, a $60 donation becomes a $90, and so on. This match is only available while funds last.
Here’s how teachers can qualify for the match:
- Have a live, approved project on our site by May 4th at 7:00 AM EST.
- If you already have a live, approved project on DonorsChoose, you’re all set! If you have multiple projects live on the site, all of your projects will be eligible for the 50% match.
- Standard, Special Request, Virtual Class Trip and Visitor, and Professional Development projects can all qualify for this 50% match.
- The match will be available from 7:00 AM ET on May 4th until $1.5 million has been 50% matched.
- Some projects may qualify for other match offers; in that case, those projects will receive the match for which they currently qualify, instead of the SONIC 50% match.
What donations will receive the 50% match?
Donations made to qualifying projects starting 7AM ET May 4th, 2021 will be eligible for the 50% match. Once $1.5 million in matching funds has been applied to qualifying projects, this 50% match offer will end.
- Credit card, PayPal, account credit, and gift card donations to live projects will be eligible for this 50% match. Check donations and donor advised funds will not receive the 50% match, since they take several days to arrive and this 50% match will likely end on 5/4.
- Eligible donations will be matched 50%. That means a $40 donation will become $60, a $50 donation will become $75, and so on.
- Donations made before a project is live (when it’s in the friends and family pre-funding stage) will be 50% matched only if an eligible project is approved while the 50% match is live on May 4th.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I post a project for the match?
Yes, but only projects that are live on May 4th will receive the 50% match. Our team of staff and volunteers are working hard to screen as many projects as possible. Most projects are reviewed and posted within five days of being submitted. Submit a project today!
How will I know if my project qualifies?
If your project is live on our site, you’re all set! On May 4th, you should see a 1.5X match indicator on your project, indicating that all donations you receive that day will be matched 50%.
What if I have a different match offer?
Some projects qualify for other match offers; in that case, those projects will receive the match for which they currently qualify, instead of this 50% match.
For this 50% match, there is $1.5 million available in matching funds for live, approved projects. We’ll update this page the amount of funds remaining for this 50% match offer throughout the day on May 4th until 7 PM EST. Check back here for updates:
Update 7 AM ET: The SONIC Teacher Appreciation 50% match has begun! We’ll be back with our first funding update in three hours.
Update 10 AM ET: There is about 80% of matching funds remaining.
Update 1 PM ET: There is about 68% of matching funds remaining.
Update 4 PM ET: There is about 57% of matching funds remaining.
Update 7 PM ET (May 4th): There is about 48% of matching funds remaining.
Update 10 AM ET (May 5th): There is about 34% of matching funds remaining.
Update 1 PM ET (May 5th): There is about 30% of matching funds remaining.
Update 5:30 PM ET (May 5th): There are still funds remaining, but we don’t expect funds to last much longer.
Update 7 PM ET (May 5th): All the funding for the SONIC Drive-In 50% match has been distributed to eligible projects, and no new donations will be matched.