Update 8/26/2019: Welcome Week has ended, and welcome donations will no longer be applied to projects. We are thrilled to have welcomed over 9,000 teachers into our community over the past week!
Mark your calendar: Sunday, August 18 through Saturday, August 24 is Welcome Week for teachers who have yet to submit a classroom project!
During Welcome Week, teachers who have never had a project on DonorsChoose.org are eligible for a $50 welcome donation when they submit their first project.
Here's how to qualify for the $50 Welcome Week welcome donation:
- You have never had a project on DonorsChoose.org.
- Submit a project for your classroom.
- Pro Tip: We recommend keeping your total project goal under $600 for the best shot at reaching full funding.
- Submit your project anytime from August 18 through August 24.
How to get involved in Welcome Week if you are not eligible for the welcome donation:
Posted a project on DonorsChoose.org before? You can still participate—earn a $25 DonorsChoose.org gift code by referring a teacher this week. Click the button below to learn all about our Refer-a-Teacher program.
Q1: When will Welcome Week end?
A1: Welcome Week will end on August 25, 2019 at 2:59 AM EST / August 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.
Q2: What happens if I submit my first project from August 18 through August 24, but my project isn’t posted until after August 24? Will I still receive the $50 welcome donation?
A2: Yes! All eligible teachers who submit their project from August 18 through August 24 will receive the $50 welcome donation, regardless of whether or not the project is approved and posted live on our site during that time.
Q3: Once my project is posted and gets a $50 welcome donation, what should I do to make sure my project gets funded?
A3: Kudos to you for thinking so proactively about your project success! One of the best ways to set yourself up for project funding is to spread the word about the LIFTOFF code to your friends and family. The LIFTOFF code is a special code for new teachers like you that matches up to $50 on first-time DonorsChoose.org teacher projects. Read more in our LIFTOFF Help Center article. You can also read our Tips for Success Help Center article for additional fundraising ideas.
Q4: If I get a $50 Welcome Week donation, will it be matched by LIFTOFF (the Teacher Friends and Family Code that matches up to $50 on first-time DonorsChoose.org teacher projects) to equal $100?
A4: No. Donors who enter that code during the first week that your project is posted will see their donations double. The Welcome Week welcome donation will not receive the LIFTOFF match. Click the link to learn more about LIFTOFF.
Q5: When will I see my $50 welcome donation applied to my project?
A5: Teachers who submit their first project between 8/18-8/24 will see a $50 donation made to their projects within 24 hours of their project going live on our site. The donation will not be applied during Friends & Family Pre-Funding.
Q6: I have submitted a project on DonorsChoose.org, but it was never approved and posted live on the site. Am I eligible for the Welcome Week welcome donation?
A6: Yes! As long as you have never had a live, approved project on our site, you are eligible for the $50 welcome donation.
Q7: I have had a live, approved project on DonorsChoose.org before, but it wasn’t fully funded. Am I eligible for the Welcome Week welcome donation?
A7: Only teachers who have never before had a live, approved project on our site are eligible for the welcome donation. If you have had a live, approved project on the site but have never before been funded, you will not be eligible for the welcome donation. We invite you to take part in our Refer-a-Teacher Program from Welcome Week, though! We also encourage you to check out our Match Offers for never-before-funded teachers, which you can find on our Match Offers Page.
Q8: if I am eligible for the welcome donation, can I submit multiple projects for Welcome Week?
A8: Only the first project you submit in the Welcome Week timeframe will receive the welcome donation. However, you can post as many projects as you wish!
Q9: What should I submit for my first project?
A9: We recommend keeping your first project request under $600. You can get inspired by checking out our project ideas that are all under $500 and our list of commonly requested items. These are great places to start!
If you have additional questions about Welcome Week, please reach out to our Customer Support team through our contact form. Please mention Welcome Week in your message to us so that we can make sure to get you an answer in time for the event!