Update 8/31/20: As of 8/30/30, Welcome Week is now over. Any teacher who submitted an eligible project will receive a $50 donation to their project within two days of it going live! If your project was fully funded before you receive the $50 donation, you'll receive an email with a $50 gift code in the next week.
During 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 Welcome Week welcome donation:
- You have never had a live, approved project on DonorsChoose.
- Submit a project.
- Pro Tip: We recommend keeping your total project goal under $600 for the best shot at reaching full funding.
- Submit your project anytime between Sunday August 23rd and Saturday August 29th
- If your project is eligible, you’ll receive a $50 donation within 2 days of your project being posted
How to get involved in 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 Welcome Week. Click the button below to learn all about our Refer-a-Teacher program.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I have to submit a project?
In order to be eligible for a Welcome Week donation, submit a project between 12:00AM ET 8/23 (9:00PM PT 8/22), and 3:00AM ET 8/30 (12:00AM PT 8/30).
If I am eligible for the Welcome Week welcome donation, when can I expect to see the donation to appear on my project page?
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.
What happens if I submit my first project from August 23 through August 29, but my project isn’t posted until after August 30? Will I still receive the $50 welcome donation?
Yes! All eligible teachers who submit their project from 8/23 - 8/29 will receive the $50 welcome donation, regardless of whether or not the project is approved and posted live on our site during that time.
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 teacher projects) to equal $100?
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. Read more about LIFTOFF in the LIFTOFF Help Center article.
I have submitted a project on DonorsChoose, but it was never approved and posted live on the site. Am I eligible for the Welcome Week welcome donation?
Yes! As long as you have never had a live, approved project on our site, you are eligible for the $50 donation.
I have had a live, approved project on DonorsChoose before, but it wasn’t fully funded. Am I eligible for the Welcome Week welcome donation?
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 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.
If I am eligible for the welcome donation, can I submit multiple projects for Welcome Week?
Only the first project you submit in the Welcome Week timeframe will receive the $50 welcome donation. However, you can post as many projects on our site as you wish!
What if my project is fully funded before I receive the $50 donation?
If your first project is eligible for Welcome Week, but is fully funded before you receive the $50 donation, we will send you a $50 gift card to your email the week of September 1st.
Once my project is posted and gets a $50 welcome donation, what should I do to make sure my project gets funded?
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
What should I submit for my first project?
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!