Your guide for creating a stellar project

We’re so excited you’re ready to creating a project! Here’s an introductory guide to familiarize you with the process of creating a project.

 

Getting around

The navigation bar at the top lets you jump between the five main steps of creating a project. Click the titles of each section below for more info.

Hi: Pick your project type, between Standard, Student-led, and Professional development

Who: Describe your students and upload your classroom photo

What: Shop for your materials and summarize them for your donors

Why: Create a title and explain how this project will change your classroom

Review: Make any final edits before submitting your project

You can go through these steps in order, or skip around at will – just click the step you want to work on next. You’ll see a green checkmark below each completed step.

 

Hi: Pick your project type

On this step, you select the type of project you’re going to create.

Standard: A classic, teacher-written project requesting materials, a field trip, or a class visitor

Student-led: Teacher partners with 7th-12th grade students to create an idea and submit a request

Professional development: teacher-written project requesting professional development 

Not sure which type to pick? If you’re shopping for classroom materials that your students will use, and your students aren’t generating the ideas for the project, pick Standard.

Change your mind? If you get started creating a project and decide you want to change the project type, click “Hi” on your navigation bar to make that change.

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Who: Describe your students and upload your classroom photo

Time to introduce your donors to your classroom. Don’t quite describe your project idea just yet! Instead, explain what makes your classroom special and give donors a sense of who your students are. (You’ll be able to explain what resources you’re requesting, along with why they’re so important, later on.)

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What: Select your resources (and summarize them for your donors)

Happy shopping! On this step, pick out exactly what you’d like for your classroom. If you’re requesting materials, explore our vendors and click on their icon to shop their website. When you’re done shopping, checkout on the vendor’s site, and those items will transfer back to your classroom project. Then, write a quick summary of those items for your donors. Easy!

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Why: Explain how this project will change your classroom

It’s time to get into what your project is all about! Pick a snazzy title that sums up your project, then tell your donors how your project will make a difference in your classroom. At the bottom, pick up to two subject areas that’ll help donors identify your project.

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Review: Make any final edits before submitting your project

You’re almost done! On this last step, you can see how your project will appear on the site after it’s approved. Scrolling down to the bottom of the page will show a list of any specific changes that need last minute attention before you submit.

Once you’re all set, submit your project and let our screening team have a look! While your project is being reviewed, you can get a head start on funding by sharing your special Friends and family Pre-funding link with your network. They can make donations toward your classroom immediately, and our system will automatically apply those donations as soon as your project is approved and live on the public site.