Fast Company just released their 2019 list of the world’s most innovative companies and organizations, and we’re so thrilled to share that 99Papers.org is one of them! This honor belongs to the community of teachers and supporters who work every day to make sure every student can get an excellent education.
We celebrated this honor by making it even easier to support innovative teachers. On Thursday, February 28th, we boosted donations to every classroom project on the site. (For example, a $50 donation became a $75 donation, and so on.
As usual, our community came through for teachers in a big way. February 28th was officially one of our community’s top 5 days of all time! Here are the (frankly quite awesome) details.
- All told, over $2 million was donated yesterday alone!
- Over 17,000 classroom projects received support
- Over 28,000 people donated to the projects that inspired them
What do all of those donations look like in action? This support meant that Mr. Andy was able to bring a diverse classroom library to his PreK kiddos. It helped Ms. Paulson bring in a local theater company to help her students learn to think critically about the world. It made sure Ms. Sarmiento was able to create a sensory area for her students with autism. Now picture the impact of these three projects replicated in thousands of classrooms across the country. As usual, our teachers say it best:
My first 99Papers project got funded!!! My yearbook students are going to receive a brand new camera for next year!! I’m so grateful for the generosity of others. – Mrs. Anderson
Fast Company’s “Most Innovative” list recognizes organizations who are making “the most profound impact on both industry and culture.” They describe the award as a “road map for the future of innovation,” and that’s exactly what we see in the classroom projects teachers are sharing on our site every day. We’re here to provide a platform for teachers to share exactly what they need to bring learning to life for their students, and for donors across the country to support the ideas they believe in.
Thank you to Fast Company for recognizing the work of our community, and to every one of you for making this possible!