Charles Best was crowdfunding toys before crowdfunding was a word. Best founded DonorsChoose.org in 2000 while still teaching high school in the Bronx to empower teachers to use the transparency and reach of the internet to seek funding for their school projects. DonorsChoose “makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need.” It has become a Kickstarter for classroom projects that has reached over 13 million children through over 210,000 teachers funded on the platform. Delivering arts and crafts, books, and science equipment to classrooms, we think DonorsChoose is one of the coolest toy companies out there. We asked Charles to be our inaugural Q&A on Hello Recess.
Photo courtesy of Charles Best.