Are you a teacher who needs help shopping for replacements? Check out some advice here.
As part of our commitment to transparency and accountability at DonorsChoose, we ask teachers to select the specific items they need for their projects from a wide variety of vendors, and we list those items on the project page so our donors know exactly how their donations are being used.
In some instances, the items a teacher selects may not be available for purchase at the time the project is funded. Reasons may include:
- The item has been discontinued.
- The item is backordered or has a shipping delay of greater than 3 weeks.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of commonly requested items including technology and cleaning supplies are experiencing shortages due to global supply chain challenges. (Learn more about how we’re supporting teachers during COVID-19)
If materials are unavailable, we ask the teacher to select replacement materials that help fulfill the needs of their project. Most often, the process is as simple as selecting a different version of the original item they requested, such as a different model of headphones or a different edition of a book. If that’s not possible, teachers may need to request an educational resource that will support their students’ learning.
We list the replacement items teachers select (if needed) as another measure of transparency for our donors. Items that are not available will be crossed off the teacher’s funded project item list, and replacement items will be listed as soon as the teacher has selected new materials. If you have a question about replacement items on a project you’ve supported, please contact us.