Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar, "A Guide to Writing a DonorsChoose Project and Getting it Funded!" with special guest presenter, Francie Kugelman.

September 16, 2017

00:20 - Peggy George
Welcome Kristin!!!

00:50 - Tonya Coats 1
First Grade

00:58 - Alexandra 1

01:02 - Francie Kugelman
Hi Tonya!

01:16 - Tonya Coats 1
Thanks Peggy! Happy to be here!

01:26 - Tonya Coats 1
Hi Francie!!

02:12 - Shea Webster
wow that's awesome!

02:17 - Kayla Root 3

02:23 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Awesome, Francie.

02:27 - Francie Kugelman
Hi Laura!

02:46 - Shea Webster

02:58 - Laura Candler
Glad to be here! I appreciate everything Francie does to help teachers learn about DonorsChoose. She's such an inspiration!

03:09 - @plnaugle (Paula)
They helped me with one of my projects. Thanks Caring Classrooms.

03:13 - Shea Webster
The ideas are very helpful! I have learned a lot.

03:38 - Tonya Coats 1
Caring Classrooms is the best!

04:02 - @plnaugle (Paula)
A warm welcome to Francie.

04:16 - Peggy George
Welcome Keji!

04:31 - keji 1
Thank you!

04:47 - Peggy George
there couldn't be an easier grant proposal to write than one on!

05:04 - Dejan Kreculj
Hi everyone!

05:15 - @plnaugle (Paula)
I'll be writing a DC grant for a QBall -

05:35 - Peggy George
In case you missed the Livebinder link with all of Francie's resources, here it is!

05:40 - Shea Webster
Wow he is young!

05:46 - Peggy George (DonorsChoose website)

06:01 - Peggy George (Francie Kugelman’ blog)

06:09 - Peggy George (Caring Classrooms Facebook page)

06:23 - Peggy George
that's incredible support for classroom projects!!!

07:16 - Peggy George
even if we aren't eligible to submit grant proposals to DonorsChoose we can always help to fund them :-)

07:41 - Shea Webster
Can we only have 8 projects live at the same time?

08:43 - Peggy George
thanks for asking your questions in the chat. If Francie doesn't answer them as she goes along Lorie will ask her during Q/A

10:08 - Peggy George
Paula, that sounds like an exciting grant project!! Haven't hear of QBAll.

10:22 - stidmama
I have to go. :-( Will look for the video online. Thanks for doing this particular webinar, it is one that I NEED and have been looking forward to for weeks and weeks. Have a lovely day, all.

10:32 - Peggy George
thanks stidmama!!

11:31 - Bobby
Wow itse can be donor choosed?

11:33 - Peggy George
I love the idea of a field trip project! Schools just can't afford them any more!

11:48 - Bobby
That's my bucket list!

12:02 - Peggy George
so glad she's telling us about these great PD possibilities!

12:29 - Alexandra 1
In Miami Florida here... Our neighborhoods have been affected, waiting to find out if schools are opening Monday or not... hopefully no damage to my classroom!

12:32 - Peggy George
start making your wish list now :-)

12:39 - Susan Davies
Would it cover math software?

12:41 - Virginia McGregor
what about environmental health of schools cleaning kits for teachers microfiber cloths and safe approved detergent....Never disinfectant wipes that can trigger asthma attack....

12:48 - Susie @shighley
I didn't know they had expanded to include those other types of grants, beyond "things"

12:53 - Tonya Coats 1
I need to work on a vistitation project!

12:55 - Peggy George
so very sorry Alexandra!!! hope you get some help!

13:16 - Peggy George
science consumables are a great thing to write a grant for

13:28 - Tonya Coats 1
Caring Classroomshelp me get a beautiful rug! We are so grateful!

13:49 - Carla 2

13:53 - Shea Webster

13:59 - Jancie Handschumaker

14:00 - Sandy Polan

14:01 - Peggy George
that's awesome Tonya!!

14:09 - Christine Sawyer 1
flexible seating, Osmos

14:11 - Shea Webster
I want flexible seating

14:12 - Sharon

14:27 - Chelsi 1
Tools for centers, iPads, pocket charts

14:29 - Heather White
QBALL microphone

14:29 - Jancie Handschumaker
Osmos, iPads

14:35 - Shea Webster
ipads also

14:38 - Jancie Handschumaker
Spelling City

14:38 - Kayla Root 3
I would love a few more iPad minis, I've gotten 4 so far

14:42 - Carla 2
I am trying to get Lakeshore small group activities

14:46 - @plnaugle (Paula)
QBall, Hokkie stools, books, more Chromebooks

14:48 - Peggy George
that's terrific!!

15:11 - Peggy George
low income schools definitely need this kind of support!

15:23 - Peggy George
what are Hokkie stools? :-)

15:34 - Christine Sawyer 1
a kind of flexible seating

15:38 - Peggy George

15:48 - Shea Webster
Hokki stools are wobble stools

16:13 - Shea Webster
they sit on them and move around

16:30 - Peggy George
this is such an important point!!!!! smaller projects are much more likely to get funded!

16:37 - Peggy George
thanks Shea!!!

17:00 - Susie @shighley
I found that to be true in proposals to our local education foundation as well. I rarely requested the entire $500.

17:10 - Kayla Root 3
I have a match on mine right now, it makes such a difference

17:32 - Peggy George
so true Kayla!! Good luck!!

17:38 - @plnaugle (Paula)
That is such great advice. I keep my projects right around $400.

18:09 - Carla 2
I have 3 up and all have matches

18:26 - Peggy George
Francie will be telling us all about matching funds :-)

18:39 - Peggy George (Francie’ blog post with detailed instructions about how to participate in Welcome Week)

18:59 - Carla 2
I've been trying to recruit teachers at my school to do this!

19:10 - Kayla Root 3
I use the Quill match each year to get snack for my kinders

19:13 - Peggy George (Information About Welcome Week)

19:13 - Eileen K
How long does your wishlist stay up on Donors Choose ?

19:43 - @plnaugle (Paula)
I have received 18 Chromebooks over the last few years from DC.

19:49 - Peggy George (LIFTOFF Directions for teachers new to

20:14 - Shea Webster

20:35 - Susie @shighley

20:38 - Kayla Root 3

20:40 - Peggy George
exciting news!!!!! your lucky day to have a chance to qualify for a match if you're never had a project funded!!!!

20:44 - Laura Candler
Thank you, Francie, for being a terrific advocate for teachers who have not had a project funded!

21:16 - Virginia McGregor
can you fund your own project for a match

21:41 - Carla 2
Yes you can donate to own for match

21:56 - Melissa Smith
Wahoo! I'm in! Excited to hear your voice again Francie!

21:57 - Peggy George
Virginia, Saving your question for Francie. Thanks!

22:05 - Laura Candler
It can be so discouraging to learn about DonorsChoose, write a project, and then not have it get funded. But please don't be discouraged because Francie has so many strategies to share that can help!

22:07 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Yes, Virginia. I do that when there are matching funds. I'll put up $40 to get $80 etc.

22:07 - Shea Webster
Yes you will love the Rocket email when you get your project funded!

22:08 - Kayla Root 3
I love Quill! I have one up right now for snacks for my class

22:09 - Peggy George (Quill Match Directions)

22:31 - Peggy George
thank you all for sharing your tips in the chat!!!!

23:11 - Melissa Smith
I always get lamination with Quill

23:31 - Peggy George
think of those things you always run out of before the end of the school year like copy paper, toner, markers, etc. :-)

23:40 - Peggy George
lamination is a great idea Melissa!

23:43 - Kayla Root 3
I get pretzels, chips, crackers, goldfish, etc from Quill

24:11 - Peggy George (Lily Sarah Grace Fund (this is tied into writing a project that integrates Art with an Academic subject) for high-poverty schools)

24:22 - Susie @shighley
Isn't there a $ limit for first-time grant writers?

24:31 - Melissa Smith
I just doubled our local grant using DonorsChoose. I was so excited they would work with DonorsChoose because of the matches

24:32 - Peggy George (Tolerance Match Directions)

24:43 - Melissa Smith
There is a limit based on the number of points you have

24:46 - Shea Webster
Wow someone donated a lot of money for Tolerance projects!

24:51 - Kayla Root 3
I used the tolerance match to get a ton of books! I focused on everyday diversity books.

25:41 - Shea Webster
That's what I am trying for on the Tolerance match right now.

25:44 - Peggy George
how you word things is really important! look at some of Francie's funded projects to get ideas

25:56 - Peggy George (Francie Kugelman’ DonorsChoose page)

25:58 - Carla 2
I received wobble stools, color printer and easel using Tolerance.

26:08 - Kayla Root 3
I read the book Mixed Me this week and multiple students were SO excited to talk about how they related to the character

26:13 - Peggy George (3M Robotics Match Directions)

26:25 - Peggy George
that's great to know Kayla!!

26:35 - Melissa Smith
I have one for Robotics!

26:58 - Peggy George

27:41 - Kayla Root 3
Does anyone have recommendations for 3M robotics projects for kindergarten level?

27:41 - Peggy George
that's really helpful!! guided instruction for the robotics projects :-)

27:50 - Melissa Smith
I wrote towards the contest so it has taken me a month to get over $400 in materials. Still have about $300 to go

28:35 - Peggy George ($500 project donation to select schools in 13 states in the USA)

28:39 - Eileen K
So should we wait until Sept. 25th to submit a project?

28:42 - Carla 2
Kindergarten robotics I received learning resources robotic mice.

29:12 - Peggy George (Hurricane Relief for Sports Programs)

29:15 - Kayla Root 3
awesome! I will look into those, thank Carla

29:41 - Peggy George (LIFTOFF Directions for teachers new to

30:04 - Peggy George (Photos of Your Students - Permission Slips)

30:21 - Laura Candler
Eileen, yes if you are a teacher who is new to DonorsChoose or who has never had a project funded. That way you will qualify for a $50 donation during Welcome Week.

30:26 - Peggy George
all of these links are in our Livebinder today

30:51 - Kayla Root 3
Is it ok to not update the photo each year? Mine is from two years ago

31:02 - Melissa Smith
Dash and Dot would be great for Kindergarten

31:17 - Peggy George
I love getting my thank you letters from the kids!!!

31:32 - Kayla Root 3
I don't know Dash and Dot but I'll look into it!

31:35 - Shea Webster
glamour shot LOL

31:40 - Kayla Root 3
Thank you :)

31:41 - Peggy George
hahaha :-)

32:30 - Peggy George
great tip!!!! write your project to match the offer!

32:55 - Peggy George
woo hoo!!!!!

32:57 - Alexandra 1

33:00 - Kayla Root 3

33:02 - Melissa Smith
Wahoo! Gift card!!

33:07 - Shea Webster

33:12 - Eileen K
Go Peggy!!!

33:35 - Shea Webster
did I do it

33:36 - Francie Kugelman
Hi Melissa!

34:20 - Eileen K
Auction time

34:43 - Melissa Smith
Congrats number 8

34:44 - Kayla Root 3

34:45 - Alexandra 1
yeeyyyyyyyyyy! thank you thank you!

34:46 - Francie Kugelman
Yea Alexandra!!!

34:51 - Bobby

34:53 - Shea Webster

34:54 - Rochdi Mohammed
Do support projects from other countries or just U.S.A.?

34:57 - Tonya Coats 1

35:01 - @plnaugle (Paula)
WooHoo! Congrats, Alexandra.

35:01 - Laura Candler
Congratulations Alexandra!

35:20 - Laura Candler
DonorsChoose is only available in the US

35:27 - Melissa Smith
DonorsChoose is only public US schools. You can use AdoptAClassroom for private and out of US

35:35 - Peggy George
Congratulations Alexandra!!! Woo hoo!!! Please provide your email address in the chat so Francie can send you your gift card

36:02 - Peggy George (Francie’ blog post with detailed instructions about how to participate in Welcome Week)

36:10 - Peggy George
thanks Alexandra!!!

36:25 - Rochdi Mohammed
Thanks Smith

37:05 - Peggy George (Hurricane Relief for Sports Programs)

37:22 - Peggy George (Lily Sarah Grace Fund Stepping Stone Grant)

37:32 - Kayla Root 3
I did the Lakeshore match this year

37:42 - Kayla Root 3
I finally got a drying rack for art!

37:45 - Peggy George
subscriptions are a great idea!

37:54 - Alexandra 1
thank you! this was wonderful! What a great timer! got my eye on it for future.

38:02 - Peggy George (Lily Sarah Grace Fund Rubric)

38:25 - Peggy George
didn't know that about needing to select Amazon Prime products

38:52 - Peggy George
clever titles!!!

39:09 - Kayla Root 3
Wobble Stools by KORE are great too and on Amazon

39:28 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Thanks, Francie. Great idea for field trip to see Wonder.

39:34 - Carla 2
My kids love the wobble stools by KORE too

39:41 - Sharon Gullett
What happens if you are a donor and a project isn't funded?

39:59 - Peggy George (Target Field Trip Grant (apply every year from August - October) Private schools can also apply)

40:33 - Peggy George
these are really enticing descriptions!!

40:34 - Kayla Root 3
can the field trip be for the whole grade level or just your own class?

41:16 - Peggy George
If you have any questions for Francie please type them in the chat and we'll ask her during Q/A

42:29 - Peggy George
awesome tips!!!! it would be so disappointing to write a grant proposal that wouldn't even be considered because it didn't meet the guidelines!

42:37 - Carla 2
Beside matches, Facebook and Twitter, how else can I get donors

42:46 - Peggy George (Information about points earned through

42:58 - Virginia McGregor
Can it be a project that affects the whole school under $400 with products going to each classroom?

43:01 - Shea Webster
Can you only have 8 projects at the same time whether they have been funded and you need to complete them and if they are live? Does that make sense?

43:31 - Peggy George
great question Shea! We'll ask Francie during Q/A

43:43 - Carla 2
We can't ask parents, no PTA

43:56 - @plnaugle (Paula)
My PLN has been amazing at helping me get my DC projects funded.

44:13 - Peggy George
We may run over just a bit because we got a delayed start. If you need to leave we understand and you can watch the recording later.

44:32 - Peggy George
parents can support your projects without a PTA :-)

44:47 - Laura Candler
Another place you might get funding is from local businesses. When I was teaching, I asked my chiropractor if she would donate to a project and she did!

44:48 - Peggy George
if you don't ask you'll never receive :-)

44:49 - Christine Sawyer 1
and in my county, anything like this is considered fundraising and has to be approved by admin. they work with us very well though

44:52 - Shea Webster
That is the rocket email!

45:36 - Peggy George (Photos of Your Students - Permission Slips)

45:39 - Virginia McGregor
Thank you for this helpful info. I will pass it on.

45:40 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Can you use district school buses for your field trip on DC? It costs us about $150.00 per bus through our district transportation department.

45:58 - Shea Webster
I found out yesterday if you can't put the same pictures on two different projects!

46:05 - Laura Candler
Another way to get funding is to join the Caring Classrooms Facebook page and participate in our weekly event called Fund-day Sunday. It starts at 8 am Eastern time every Sunday.

46:32 - Peggy George (Caring Classrooms has a monthly $25 Monthly Donation Giveaway. Click this link and sign up for the newsletter)

47:03 - Peggy George (Caring Classrooms Facebook page)

47:12 - Peggy George (Caring Classrooms giving page on DonorsChoose)

47:44 - Laura Candler
What if you created some business cards at that had your DonorsChoose URL? You could keep them with you and if are talking with someone who might want to help your class, you could give them a business card with the information about how to donate.

47:51 - Carla 2
Will check out Caring Classroom

48:06 - Kayla Root 3
We just made some card yesterday for donors

48:19 - Peggy George (Francie Kugelman’ DonorsChoose page)

48:30 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Can also add your DC info to your email signature.

48:37 - Susan Davies
Thanks for the information!

48:49 - Laura Candler
Remember to tell people that this is a tax-deductible donation. Lots of small businesses are willing to help, especially when they know it's a legitimate non-profit organization.

48:56 - Peggy George
thanks for those tips Paula and Laura!!

49:15 - Carla 2
Love idea of business cards

49:20 - Peggy George
Laura would you like to get on the mic during Q/A to share any of your favorite tips??? :-)

49:49 - Peggy George
tax deductible is awesome! and you can get a document with all of your donations for the year to make it really easy at tax time

49:52 - Laura Candler
No thanks! I didn't set up my microphone today. But I'll keep sharing ideas here.

50:04 - Peggy George
ok Laura :-)

50:19 - Peggy George (Caring Classrooms Facebook page)

50:23 - Kayla Root 3
That is how I keep up to date

50:28 - Christine Sawyer 1
Just joined!

50:45 - Peggy George (Caring Classrooms giving page on DonorsChoose)

50:49 - Laura Candler
Peggy, thanks for mentioning that you can get one document at the end of the year that shows all your donations. You don't have to print out every donation receipt you get all year long.

51:22 - Peggy George (Movie about Francie's Fifth Grade Class Made by the Lily Sarah Grace Fund)

51:28 - @plnaugle (Paula)
By donating to my classroom projects, (I do so when there is a matching donation), I get a wonderful end-of-year donation summary for tax purposes. We all spend so much money on our kids so get matching funds when you do.

51:32 - Christine Sawyer 1
any specific time on Sundays?

51:38 - Peggy George (Lily Sarah Grace Fund Rubric)

51:47 - Peggy George (Target Field Trip Grant (apply every year from August - October) Private schools can also apply)

51:58 - Peggy George (AdoptAClassroom)

52:23 - Jancie Handschumaker
Do you know if you can apply for more than one grant thru Target?

52:25 - Peggy George (Francie Kugelman’ blog)

52:43 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Some teachers at my school have also used GoFundMe to get money for classroom projects.

52:48 - Heather White
Always helpful. Thank you Francie!

52:56 - Laura Candler
Be sure to sign up for the Caring Classrooms newsletter because anytime there's an important event or a big match offer on DonorsChoose, we send an email to everyone to let them know. We don't send more than a few emails a month.

53:15 - Tonya Coats 1
Thanks Francie!! Great information!

53:21 - Eileen K
Woo boo!

54:12 - Peggy George (Google Form for submitting entries for the random drawing)

54:34 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Can only teachers who have not been funded sign up on the Google Doc?

54:35 - Shea Webster
This only for new teachers?

54:38 - Kayla Root 3
Will it only be for new teachers?

55:11 - Melissa Smith
Great job! Thanks Francie!

55:21 - Shea Webster

55:28 - Peggy George
new or never been funded :-)

55:44 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Good luck to all of the new teachers. I hope you win. :)

55:51 - Laura Candler
One of the best reasons to follow Caring Classrooms on Facebook is because Francie is always one of the first to know when there's a special event or offer on DonorsChoose, and she posts about it on Caring Classrooms. It's a great way to stay in the know!

55:54 - Peggy George
some of your questions have already been answered

56:08 - Peggy George
thanks for that tip Laura!!

56:30 - Peggy George
8 projects in motion but only 3 projects in motion for new teachers

56:34 - Shea Webster
Thank you for answering me!

56:56 - Peggy George
Amazon is a great idea for software

57:23 - Peggy George
be sure to check those vendor websites

58:50 - Eileen K
Thank you!

58:57 - Peggy George
be sure to wait for Sept. 25th to submit to be eligible for Welcome Week match but start writing it now! :-)

59:16 - Virginia McGregor
People should check to make sure food is nutritional and not junk food with chemicals unhealthy for kids. Looks like donors are not concerned with this? Toys should not have chemicals that are dangerous to kids.

59:34 - Peggy George
great point Virginia!!!

59:48 - Peggy George
it may be allowed but people may not want to support it

1:00:53 - Peggy George
remember all of Francie's links are in the Livebinder for today so you can check them out later. I'll also add the recording to the Livebinder. Francie's slides are already in the Livebinder.

1:02:19 - Peggy George
if any of you have proposals that have been funded by DonorsChoose that you are willing to share as an example, please share the links!

1:02:25 - Tiziana Angiolini ( ITALY)
Thank you

1:02:33 - Sharon Gullett
One more. What happens if you are a donor and the project is not funded?

1:02:41 - Eileen K
Looking forward to Sept. 25th !

1:02:44 - Peggy George
great question Sharon!!

1:02:48 - Tonya Coats 1
Thank you!!

1:03:17 - Sharon Gullett
Thanks for the answer!!!

1:03:21 - Peggy George
I'm so glad she answered that!!

1:03:23 - Shea Webster
how do you contact them to do that?

1:04:04 - Peggy George
I have received an email from DonorsChoose telling my the project wasn't funded and asks me if I'd like to save the amount for a future project by that teacher.

1:04:07 - Christine Sawyer 1
thank you

1:04:12 - Alexandra 1

1:04:22 - Susie @shighley
Donors Choose may also send suggestions for projects in your area that you could use that $$ for

1:04:33 - Kristin Beverford 1
Thank you!

1:04:50 - Francie Kugelman
I love Breakout EDU!

1:05:15 - Laura Candler
Sounds like an exciting lineup of show topics!

1:05:27 - @plnaugle (Paula)
We did the Dot Day BreakoutEDU yesterday.

1:06:09 - Laura Candler
That sounds awesome, Paula!

1:06:25 - Francie Kugelman
What a great idea, Paula. I will be contacting you to see what you did.

1:06:36 - Alexandra 1

1:06:44 - Alexandra 1

1:06:47 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Tara Maritn just announced she signed a book deal the Dave and Shelly Burgress Publishing for a book on Boonsnaps.

1:06:55 - @plnaugle (Paula)

1:06:55 - Peggy George (The Learning Revolution Network created by Steve Hargadon.

1:07:03 - Peggy George
that is awesome news Paula!!!

1:07:12 - Peggy George (Nominate a Featured Teacher for our shows--you can nominate yourself too if you’ like to present for us)

1:07:14 - @plnaugle (Paula)
Have a great weekend everyone. :)

1:07:20 - Peggy George (This link will open iTunes so you can subscribe to our video podcasts.)

1:07:28 - Peggy George (Classroom 2.0 LIVE survey link to request PD certificates for live or recorded webinars)

1:07:35 - Peggy George
thanks so much for joining us today!

1:07:47 - Peggy George
Thank you Francie for an incredible presentation!

1:07:49 - Francie Kugelman
Peggy - let's post the Google Doc again!

1:07:59 - Peggy George (Google Form for submitting entries for the random drawing)

1:08:01 - Alexandra 1
I'm so glad I joined! learned a ton! thanx!

1:08:07 - Peggy George
Don't forget to submit your form!!