The Members Project and DonorsChoose

About six months ago, I began working with a new client. They quickly became one of my favorites. They are perfect in a dozen different ways. They help me sleep better at night. They’re also super easy to work with and completely down to earth. They’re a graphic designer’s dream come true. They even know I have this blog! (Gasp!) I got lucky when I was introduced to DonorsChoose.

DonorsChoose is a non-profit organization that helps teachers get the funding they need for students all over the nation. Basically, a teacher writes a proposal, DonorsChoose reads it, and posts it on their Web site. Donors are then driven to the site (donors can range from corporations to individuals like myself) and fund whatever amount of money they can to whatever proposal might be of interest to them. The proposals range from the need for a kiln to a request for microscopes at a science lab to asking for funding to pay for a field trip. And every little bit counts.

DonorsChoose needs our help. No, I’m not asking you to give them money. All they need is your vote, your friend’s vote, or your coworker’s vote. Recently, DonorsChoose made it into the final five for American Empress’s Members Project. You may have seen the AmEx ads on the TV machine. The ads feature Martin Scorsese, Ellen DeGeneres, Sheryl Crow, to name a few. AmEx is donating up to 5 million dollars to the winning project. And I’d love to see that money go to DonorsChoose.

If you’re American Express card holder (personal or business) or you’re thinking about becoming one and you have a few minutes to spare, please go and vote for DonorsChoose. They are a super non-profit organization, an organization backed by great people. And the money will go to public school kids all over America.

Here’s the link again. There are only 9 days left! (That sounds like a very short amount of time, but I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t hoping to be in labor and with baby in less time than that. OK, enough about me. GO VOTE!)


  1. I just started reading a bit more about the other finalists, and I discovered that there’s quite the drama going on. Apparently one of the projects (incidentally, the one in the lead) is being (quietly) backed by Proctor and Gamble.

    If you click on the Children’s Safe Drinking Water project (which sounds like an awesome idea) and scroll down to the bottom, you’ll find a bunch of discussions taking place about how it’s actually backed by P&G, which I believe could have disqualified the project had the information been known upfront.

    See here and Here to read more about it.


  2. Well, I did feel a little bad about the Donors Choose vote when I saw the children’s drinking water one, but I figured what the hell. The only reason why I’m voting is because you asked. I’m going to tell Kerry about this program (Donors Choose). She may be able to take advantage of it.

    Good luck (with everything)!


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