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When talking with art teachers about their biggest barriers to doing their best work, slim budgets come up every time. There are a ton of ways to look for extra money for your coolest projects, but fewer are easier or more hip than crowd funding. Crowd funding is just a fancy term for using the web to find people to donate to your cause. One of the best platforms for this type of fundraising is www.donorschoose.org.
Donors Choose is a website that connects donors to classrooms needing money. Teachers can post their project proposals and visitors to the site can donate any amount of money to specific projects. The site was founded by a teacher who saw a need for this kind of networking, so you can bet it is teacher-friendly! One of my favorite things about Donors Choose is that they have an art projects link right on the front page. The site is easy to navigate for both donors and teachers. You can set up a proposal in ten minutes and be ready to accept donations right away! Consider crowd funding your next project, and share your results and experiences with us.
How do you raise funds for big projects?
Do you have experience with crowd funding? What advice do you have?