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Optional donation to DonorsChoose.org

We encourage donors to dedicate 15% of each donation to support the work that we do. Donors' inclusion of this optional donation enables us to pay our bills, our rent, and our employees. It's the only way we're able to continue supporting public schools nationwide.

Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, has given DonorsChoose.org its highest rating—4 out of 4 stars—for our fiscal transparency and efficiency.

To exclude the optional 15% from your donation, click “edit” or “optional 15% donation” when reviewing your giving cart. Choose 0% and Save, then proceed through checkout.

The optional donation is not included in the purchase of gift cards or credits. Rather, it’s included when applying those funds to projects so the recipient of your gift card can choose to include or exclude the amount.