Flash funding highlights online philanthropy’s role in class


Wish lists posted on the education philanthropy website DonorsChoose.org are being fulfilled in a “flash funding” effort involving actors, pro athletes, tech titans and others.

Each have committed to funding all of the projects in a specific city, region or entire state.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson and Serena Williams are participating. In all, 58 celebrity philanthropists have pledged $14.2 million to fund nearly 12,000 projects in 47 states plus Washington, D.C., that were listed on the DonorsChoose.org website as of midnight Wednesday.

Also this week, GoFundMe.com announced a new concentration on education fundraising on its website.

Both efforts point to the growing use of online philanthropy to bridge the gap between what school budgets provide and what teachers say they need.

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This story has been corrected to show the cutoff time is midnight Wednesday, not 8 a.m. Thursday.