Mark your calendar: Sunday, January 12 through Saturday, January 18 is Winter Welcome Week for teachers who have yet to submit a classroom project and the DonorsChoose teachers who refer them!
During Winter Welcome Week, teachers who have never had a project on DonorsChoose are eligible for a $50 welcome donation when they submit their first project. Teachers who refer new teachers receive a $25 gift code.
Here's how to qualify for the $50 Winter Welcome Week welcome donation:
- You have never had a live, approved project on DonorsChoose.
- 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 January 12 through January 18.
- Funding will take place January 13, January 14, January 15, January 16, January 17, January 20, and January 24. You'll receive your donation the first business day after your project is posted.
- If your project is fully funded before you receive your $50 donation, you'll receive a $50 gift card on January 27.
How to get involved in Winter Welcome Week if you are not eligible for the welcome donation:
Posted a project on DonorsChoose before? You can still participate—earn a $25 DonorsChoose gift code by referring a teacher during Winter Welcome Week. Click the button below to learn all about our Refer-a-Teacher program.
Q1: When will Winter Welcome Week end?
A1: Winter Welcome Week will end on January 19, 2020 at 2:59 AM ET / January 18, 2020 at 11:59 PM PT.
Q2: If I am eligible for the Winter Welcome Week welcome donation, when can I expect to see the donation to appear on my project page?
A2: You will see the welcome donation on your project page within 2 business days of your project being approved and posted live on our site.
Q3: What happens if I submit my first project from January 12 through January 18, but my project isn’t posted until after January 18? Will I still receive the $50 welcome donation?
A3: Yes! All eligible teachers who submit their project from January 12 through January 18 will receive the $50 welcome donation, regardless of whether or not the project is approved and posted live on our site during that time.
Q4: Once my project is posted and gets a $50 welcome donation, what should I do to make sure my project gets funded?
A4: 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 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.
Q5: If I get a $50 Winter Welcome Week donation, will it be matched by LIFTOFF (the Teacher Friends and Family Code that matches up to $50 on first-time DonorsChoose teacher projects) to equal $100?
A5: No. Donors who enter that code during the first week that your project is posted will see their donations double. The Winter Welcome Week welcome donation will not receive the LIFTOFF match. Read more about LIFTOFF in the LIFTOFF Help Center article.
Q6: I have submitted a project on DonorsChoose, but it was never approved and posted live on the site. Am I eligible for the Winter 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 before, but it wasn’t fully funded. Am I eligible for the Winter 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 for Winter 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
Winter Welcome Week?
A8: Only the first project you submit in the Winter Welcome Week timeframe will receive the $50 welcome donation. However, you can post as many projects on our site as you wish!
Q9: What should I submit for my first project?
A9: For the best chance of getting fully funded, 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 Winter Welcome Week, please reach out to our Customer Support team through our contact form. Please mention Winter Welcome Week in your message to us so that we can make sure to get you an answer in time for the event!