Case Study

In 2000, Charles Best, a social studies teacher working in a school in the Bronx, New York, scraped together $2,000 to pay an overseas web designer to build a rudimentary website he had designed using pencil and paper. On the website, teachers could post projects that needed funding—from books and paints to field trips and educational software—and individuals could donate towards those requests. By 2014, half of the public and charter schools in the United States had at least one teacher who had used the website, more than 10 million students had received classroom resources and more than 1.4 million donors had contributed funds to providing these supplies.