DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need, announced Tuesday that Kia Motors America (KMA) has made a $1 million commitment to public schools as part of the citizen philanthropy organization’s first-ever national partnership with an automotive brand.
Kia’s donation launches a Double Your Impact campaign with DonorsChoose.org, designed to fund 50 percent of classroom projects near Kia’s network of more than 755 retail showrooms across the country as well as the company’s U.S. headquarters in southern California and assembly plant in southwest Georgia.
By matching community donations, KMA will bring more than $2 million of classroom projects to life and the offer is available until all funding is applied to classroom projects.
Public schools in these areas can post projects in need of funding with a total value of $600 on www.donorschoose.org.
The goal is to fulfill needs and foster innovation in public schools. Kia will match all donations made to these public and charter school classrooms by citizen philanthropists until funds have been exhausted.
“DonorsChoose.org engages the community in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. “Our new partnership with Kia Motors will deliver badly needed resources to more than 125,000 public school students across America.”
Classroom projects that will be funded include requests for books, microscopes, field trips, and musical instruments among others.
Anyone can visit DonorsChoose.org to find a classroom project that inspires them. Once the project reaches its funding goal, donors receive photos of the project taking place, a thank you letter from the teacher and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent.