Stephen Colbert partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund every classroom project in South Carolina on DonorsChoose.org.
to announce the funding of nearly 1,000 classroom projects.
“I’m so excited to announce we are funding all 1,000 South Carolina projects on DonorsChoose.org today,” said Colbert.
“DonorsChoose.org makes it so easy to have an impact and connect directly with the teachers and students you’re helping.” Colbert, Share Fair Nation, and ScanSource funded every South Carolina classroom request for Teacher Appreciation Week.
Together, the three contributions will fund nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totaling $800,000.
Colbert, a South Carolina native, joined Yvette Nicole Brown and Damon Qualls, teacher at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville, SC, at a conference in New York hosted by DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding non-profit where teachers create projects requesting materials and experiences their students need to learn, and donors support the projects that inspire them.
After the surprise announcement, Colbert joined a Google Hangout video conference with Qualls’ school, where students, teachers, administrators, several local officials, and the State Superintendent of Education expressed their gratitude for the funding.
Colbert, a member of the DonorsChoose.org Board of Directors, raised the funds for South Carolina classrooms by auctioning off his desk and set pieces after The Colbert Report ended in December.
He was joined by Share Fair Nation, an initiative created by The Morgridge Family Foundation, and Greenville-based ScanSource.
“The team at Share Fair Nation and The Morgridge Family Foundation is thrilled to celebrate our South Carolina teachers and the immeasurable impact they have on the lives of students,” said Carrie Morgridge.
“We are so proud to partner with DonorsChoose.org, Steven Colbert and ScanSource to make some dreams come true today! An investment in a teacher is an investment in our future.
Join us, because every gift matters!” Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need.
At this nonprofit website, teachers at 64% of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 1.7 million people have donated $323 million to projects that inspire them.