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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks Charities Providing Resources to Schools


As August slowly comes to a close, elementary, middle, and high schools across the United States are opening their doors once again to the millions of students preparing for the year to come. In the coming weeks, teachers will face classrooms full of students — young and old — hoping to move forward in the world and challenge their previous ideas about how things work. Charity Navigator has compiled a list of five highly-rated organizations working with public schools across the country to make sure that this back-to-school season is the best yet for parents, teachers, and students, alike.


If you’re looking to support a charity helping families receive school supplies, check out our recent blog post with a list of charities making the back-to-school rush less stressful for families across the country.  If you’re interested in child and adult literacy, we wrote another post about charities working to engage audiences in literacy endeavors!


First Book is a four-star rated charity with Charity Navigator. Founded in 1992, First Book has given out over 160 million books and educational tools to schools and programs across the country. Their work focuses primarily on children in low-income families.


Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is a four-star rated charity with Charity Navigator. Starting in 1996, the foundation has focused on delivering music education to kids “without the means and access to play.” Through funding high-quality, durable musical instruments, kids across the country are benefitting from music education programs.


Urban Alliance is a four-star rated charity that “empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship.” In the past twenty years, Urban Alliance has worked with over 500 businesses, resulting in over 3,000 successful connections for young people and an 100% high school graduation rate.


AdoptAClassroom.Org is a four-star rated charity that developed out of the finding that “teachers spend $600 a year of their own money on classroom supplies,” which means that the majority of school supplies are being purchased out of teachers’ pockets to fill the supply gap. AdoptAClassroom.Org helps to minimize this resource gap and lift the financial burden from teachers.


iMentor is a four-star rated charity that was started in 1999 to connect students with mentors. iMentor partners with high schools in low-income communities and recruits volunteers to commit to mentoring these high school students for a minimum of three years. Through “harnessing the power of personal relationships,” iMentor provides support for students on an individual basis that is often not found in traditional school settings.

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