Celebrating the most innovative teachers on February 28!

Fast Company just named DonorsChoose.org one of 2019’s Most Innovative Companies — so we’re celebrating the world’s most innovative teachers!

Refunds for projects that expire without full funding

We’re unable to have a policy of proactively refunding donations when a project expires without full funding. We issue a tax-deductible receipt to each donor at the time of their gift. If we then proactively issued refunds at a later date, the receipt would give credit for a donation that was not made, and facilitating that would jeopardize our 501c3 status.

Like you, we want your donation to go to a classroom that needs support as quickly as possible. If a project you support does not proceed to completion, we'll email you with information about your donation.

If you know the teacher personally and gave during Friends & Family pre-funding, or while the project was live:

  • We’ll send your donation to that teacher automatically, for use on their next project.

If you don’t know the teacher personally:

  • We’ll email you with two options of how to handle your donation:
  1. Choose another project that inspires you, or
  2. Send the teacher you supported a DonorsChoose.org gift card, which he or she can use toward their next project.
  3. If you don’t take an action within 30 days, we’ll apply that funding to an urgent classroom project in need of support.