If a project expires without reaching full funding, we email each donor so they can decide what happens next. We return the donation to the donor's account as credits, and donors can pick a new project to support or send a DonorsChoose.org gift card to the same teacher for his/her next project. If you’ve purchased a gift card for someone or sent a gift card to a teacher for their next project, the person you sent the gift to is able to choose how to re-apply the funding.
We send these emails the day after a project expires, and donors have 30 days to choose an option. If no action is taken in that time we'll apply the funds to an urgent project in need or send that donation back to the teacher! This way, you can rest assured that your donations will end up in a classroom in need.