MILWAUKEE – January 12, 2024 – Live the Herb Kohl Way is the message from Herb Kohl Philanthropies to classrooms across Wisconsin today. To honor the memory of its benefactor and celebrate the hard work and important contributions of Wisconsin teachers, Herb Kohl Philanthropies has once again funded all Wisconsin project requests on the non-profit education crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.
More than $600,000 in classroom supplies were just flash-funded across the state. This donation, made with maximum efficiency, impact and joy, is meant to pay tribute to a life well-lived by thanking teachers for making a positive impact on the lives of Wisconsin children. These projects represent educational supplies, technology, equipment and instruments, training and basic needs such as food, clothing and hygiene.
On Friday afternoon, as it was announced at U.S. Senator Herb Kohl’s Memorial Service, a “You just got funded” message landed in the inboxes of teachers who use DonorsChoose to support their students, letting teachers know how much Herb Kohl valued their dedication, innovation and inspiration.
Since 2016, Herb Kohl Philanthropies has provided nearly $3.7 million for classroom support to Wisconsin’s teachers through the DonorsChoose platform. Thousands of projects have been brought to life in schools all across Wisconsin through flash- funding, matching grants and targeted initiatives that support social-emotional learning.
About Herb Kohl Philanthropies
Herb Kohl Philanthropies supports Wisconsin’s teachers, principals and their schools along with high school students through the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship award program, which also sponsors the state’s Teacher of the Year program. Since 1990, Over $34 million has been awarded to recognize excellence in education for Wisconsin students, teachers, schools and principals.
In addition, Herb Kohl Philanthropies supports many educational institutions, programs and initiatives that are focused on reducing the student achievement gap. Support is also directed to improving literacy, pathways to college, and experiential learning such as Learning Journeys to Washington D.C.
DonorsChoose is the leading way to give to public schools. Since 2000, 6 million people and partners have contributed over $1 billion to support nearly 3 million teacher requests for classroom resources and experiences. As the most trusted crowdfunding platform for teachers, donors, and district administrators alike, DonorsChoose vets each request, ships the funded resources directly to the classroom, and provides thank yous and reporting to donors and school leaders. Charity Navigator and GuideStar have awarded DonorsChoose, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, their highest ratings for transparency and accountability.