You can donate dollars into your own account without having to pick projects first. You can keep this balance in your account, and use it to fund projects over the next 12 months. These are called Account Credits.
Purchasing account credits will allow you to have a ready balance available whenever there’s a match announcement or last-minute project you want to fund. This will also allow you to give once, and then have the next 12 months to choose projects throughout the year, instead of having to process a new donation each time.
You can purchase account credits using credit card, PayPal, a donor advised fund (DAF), ACH / Wire, or checks (for amounts $100 and up) from your personal account or your IRA.
To add account credits:
- Visit DonorsChoose.org/credits
- Enter the amount that you would like donate
- Select your payment method (click “other” if you are using a donor-advised fund or check*).
- As soon as we receive the donation and put the credits into your account, you will receive an email notifying you that they are ready for use.
*Please note that credits purchased through a donor advised fund or check will not appear instantly in your account. You must follow the instructions to generate a unique donation ID each time you purchase credits, and put this ID into the memo section of your grant or check, so that we can tie it back to your donor account.
Looking for other ways to support teachers and classrooms? Check out our guide to different ways to give!