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The Draper Richards Foundation Awards Prestigious Fellowship Grant To Digital Wish
Posted by Digital Wish Support at 02:33:31 PM Tue 10/14/2008
Digitalwish.org, a Vermont based public charity on a mission to modernize American schools, receives a $300,000 grant to expand operations and fundraise for schools. Manchester, VT, October 14, 2008 – The Draper Richards Foundation has awarded Digital Wish a $300,000 grant in recognition of Digital Wish’s potential to modernize American schools. The funds, distributed to Digital Wish over the next three years, will be used by the organization to expand its fundraising operations. In response, Digital Wish has announced the launch of its corporate donation program that allows companies to set up employee matching funds programs at little to no administrative cost. Digital Wish will also matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding, ensuring that 102%-110% of the giver’s donation will be allocated directly to school technology programs. Digital Wish now joins the impressive lineup of high-growth nonprofit organizations that Draper Richards helps usher through startup phase including: Room to Read, Kiva, and the Genocide Intervention Network, among others. Digital Wish was one of only four nonprofits to be selected for the grant in 2008, and no more than six grants are given in a single year. “I am honored to be amongst such distinguished peers and excited by how this grant will impact our ability to help teachers acquire the technology they desperately need,” said Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish’s founder. “With the influx of both money and Draper Richards’ managerial support, we can significantly increase our impact on US education. We now have the resources we need to scale our fundraising effort.” Draper Richards also provides its social entrepreneurs with support and guidance, in addition to financial assistance, and Digital Wish will work closely with Draper Richards on strategic growth issues. Further, Jenny Shilling Stein, Executive Director of the Draper Richards Foundation will join Digital Wish’s Board of Directors. She commented, "Digital Wish provides inspiration for thousands of teachers to bring technology into their classrooms. Heather and her team really understand teachers' needs. Digital Wish is the most efficient way for individuals, corporations and foundations to connect with teachers and give them what they need to be successful in the classroom." The Draper Richards Fellowship Grant, combined with Digital Wish’s corporate giving tools, paint a bright picture of Digital Wish’s future and the future of American classrooms. “When innovative technology is accessible to teachers and students,” said Chirtea, “everyone benefits. Classrooms are modernized, students are prepared for the technological demands of tomorrow’s workplace, and corporations can hire locally.” In short, Digital Wish has the potential to bridge the gap between schools and community funding, and take strides towards solving America’s technology crisis. About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom’s story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up cost-free grant programs for schools, then matches every donation with an additional 2%-10% in funding. Visit www.digitalwish.org. Media Contact: Polly Davis Digital Wish, PO Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255 Telephone: (802) 375-6721 Ext. 201 Fax: (802) 375-6860 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://www.digitalwish.org About the Draper Richards Foundation The Draper Richards Foundation funds selected social entrepreneurs in a variety of public service areas, including education, the environment, arts, health, and community and economic development. The Foundation's support is based on the structure of a venture capital fund, providing financial support as well as strategic and organizational assistance. The Foundation was founded by venture capitalists William H. Draper III and Robin Richards Donohoe. For more information, please visit: www.draperrichards.org. Draper Richards Foundation 50 California Street, Suite 2925 San Francisco, CA 94111 Tel: 415-616-4050, Fax: 415-616-4060 Email: [email protected]
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

SMART Boards Available on Digital Wish
Posted by Digital Wish Support at 07:16:13 PM Fri 09/26/2008
Sunderland, VT, September 26, 2008 - Teachers can now use donations and grant money to acquire SMART BoardTM interactive whiteboards and SMART products at digitalwish.org. Digital Wish is a public charity on a mission to modernize schools. Teachers are invited to create wish lists for classroom technology by simply browsing through an online shopping area. After making a wish for SMART Boards teachers can invite parents and donors to grant their wishes by contributing any amount of funding to their classroom shopping cart, or simply purchasing SMART products directly from their wish list. Digital Wish always matches every donation with an additional 2% in funding for schools! Participation is free, and teachers automatically qualify for 43 additional technology grants, just by posting a lesson plan. "Over 50% of the product suggestions we receive from teachers are for SMART Boards and other SMART products. This technology allows students to become engaged in learning," cites Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish's founder. In addition, when teachers select SMART products through Digital Wish, they can also choose their favorite local SMART Technologies dealer to install and service their products. Orders for SMART Boards are automatically passed through to local dealers so that schools can get the same great service they are accustomed to receiving. Technology is an essential part of the contemporary classroom, and SMART Boards have become a staple technology in ensuring student success. However with declining Federal funding, many schools can't afford the technology they desperately need. At digitalwish.org, teachers can access numerous free fundraising resources to help them acquire classroom technology. Teachers can craft a "Fundraiser in Five Minutes" by simply printing out their wish lists as donation packet. This makes it easy for schools to reach out to parents and local businesses for donations. Registration is free and teachers simply visit digitalwish.org and use the Class Locator to find their school. They can build a classroom profile, make their wish list, and network with other teacher-friends through the site. By writing a lesson plan, educators are automatically entered to win 43 technology grants and they can also access links to numerous other grants from the online library. Grant deadlines mature every month, so participating teachers are automatically in the running for new technology opportunities each month. Download ready-made flyers and reprint news articles from this link: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/about Donors visit digitalwish.org and use the Class Locator to find schools in their local area, or browse through Digital Wish's national lesson plan library to find and fund submissions of merit. The longer teachers are involved, the more chances they have of receiving a grant, so schools are encouraged to invite the entire teaching staff to participate. Make a Digital Wish come true! About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow's workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom's story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up grant programs for schools. Visit www.digitalwish.org. Media Contact: Kendra Ericson Digital Wish, PO Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255 Telephone: (802) 375-6721 Ext. 201 Fax: (802) 375-6860 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://www.digitalwish.org About SMART Technologies SMART Technologies is an industry pioneer and global education market segment leader in user-friendly ICT products and group collaboration tools. The award-winning line of SMART Board interactive whiteboards is the most widely installed in the world because of its unsurpassed product quality, versatility and ease of use. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is used to teach over 18 million students in more than 600,000 classrooms in more than 100 countries around the world. To learn more about SMART, visit www.smarttech.com. Media Contact: Public Relations SMART Technologies Telephone: (403) 802-2558 Fax: (403) 228-2500 Email Address: [email protected] Website: http://www.smarttech.com
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

SMART Boards Available
Posted by Heather Chirtea at 05:13:44 PM Fri 09/26/2008
SMART BoardTM interactive whiteboards and SMART products are now available from the shopping area at digitalwish.org. Be sure to update your wish list! When you select SMART products through Digital Wish, you can also choose your favorite local SMART Technologies dealer to install and service the products. Orders for SMART Boards are automatically passed through to local dealers so that schools can get the same great service they are accustomed to receiving.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Houghton Mifflin Products Now Available
Posted by Polly Davis at 08:03:47 PM Tue 07/29/2008
Houghton Mifflin products are now available on Digital Wish! Teacher favorites such as Reader Rabbit and Kid Pix can now be added to your wishlists!
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

43 New Grant Opportunities Through Digital Wish
Posted by Digital Wish Support at 05:26:23 PM Mon 06/30/2008
[via http://www.toolfactory.com/Press/DigitalWishGrants.htm] Sunderland, VT, July 12, 2007 – Every teacher has the power to earn funding at www.digitalwish.com. Like a wedding registry, teachers make their technology wishes public and tell their story, so that anyone can make a donation to their classroom’s cart. Registered teachers will automatically qualify for 43 new technology grants from Olympus and Tool Factory, including a Mobile Digital Camera Lab. Grants are then awarded to the teachers with the best all-around class profile and lesson plans. Regardless of whether teachers win a grant, their story will be available for any potential donor to read, and later contribute to. Unlike most grants, Digital Wish provides a constant possibility of receiving funding for every applicant. The Digital Wish website also features a library of grant links and fundraising resources to help educators find additional funding for technology. There’s even an extensive library of lesson plans so that educators can find ideas for digital projects. The Grants Teachers register once, then there’s no need to reapply each month – all original lesson plans are eligible to win any grant opportunity. Three Mobile Digital Camera Labs worth $3,500 will be awarded annually. Every month, Digital Wish will award digital cameras and podcasting software from Olympus and Tool Factory. Software site licenses will be given away in all core subject areas and special education. All grants will be judged based on: * Creativity and depth of the Digital Wish user profile. * Popularity of lesson plans. * Quality of lesson plan. * Activity of the Digital Wish user. Olympus and Tool Factory invite educators to share their ideas and tell their stories on Digital Wish. Visit Digital Wish at www.digitalwish.org and get the complete schedule of grant awards and deadlines.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Digital Wish Administers Employee Matching Fund Programs For Corporations – Local Schools Benefit
Posted by Polly Davis at 05:15:16 PM Mon 06/30/2008
Sunderland, VT, May 16, 2008 – Digital Wish can set up employee matching fund programs for corporations wanting to give back to their local schools. There are no administrative fees, and Digital Wish will also donate an additional 2%-10% in funding, insuring that 102%-110% of the giver’s donation will be allocated directly to the school’s technology program to help modernize American classrooms. Recipients of a matching grant will first receive one donation from the employee, then a second matching donation from the corporate employer. Donated funds are instantly available to be spent on technology products for the classroom. Getting Started To set up a matching fund program, corporations simply provide Digital Wish with the following: • A list of qualifying employee names. • The corporate matching percentage. • The matching cap for each employee. • The total fund cap. Digital Wish administers the corporate matching funds according to the corporation’s guidelines, and regular reporting statements keep everyone abreast of donation levels. Many Ways to Give Corporate employees can donate in any of the following ways: • Make a cash donation to their favorite school. • Purchase items directly from a school’s wish list. • Target specific schools in a county and allocate a unique cash grant amount for each. • Enter a total sum and evenly distribute it across all the selected schools. For example, a $10,000 fund could be allocated evenly across all the schools in a local county. Targeting local or underserved schools is simply a matter of searching by region or county. Donor Recognition An acknowledgement of the donation, along with the corporate logo appears on the school’s page. Employee can also upload a photograph. Every donor can post a profile, linked from their donation listing. See example. http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/view_school?id=130707 Please Contact To have Digital Wish set up an employee matching fund for your business, please contact: Digital Wish, www.digitalwish.org Heather Chirtea, [email protected] P.O. Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255-1072 P: (802) 375-6721, F: (802) 375-6860 More information and printable flyers are available: http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/matching_grant Grants can be set up at any financial level. Programs can be enacted with no administrative costs, and Digital Wish provide an additional 2%-10% premium on every funding dollar. All donations are tax-deductible and technology resources ship directly to the schools, so there is virtually no risk that funds can ever be misallocated. Make a Digital Wish come true! About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom’s story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Digital Wish works with many institutions to set up grant programs for schools. Visit www.digitalwish.org.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Educational Grant Programs are Created with No Administrative Cost on Digital Wish
Posted by Jon Ketchum at 05:07:52 PM Mon 06/30/2008
Sunderland, VT, January 9, 2007 - Foundations wanting to give large numbers of technology grants to local schools, no longer have to bear the cost of creating a grant application, marketing their opportunity to schools, reviewing applications, and judging submission. Instead, Digital Wish allows foundations to select all the schools in a single region and give a technology grant to each. Schools use donated funds to purchase much-needed technology products for their classrooms. Digital Wish then matches every cash donation with an automatic 2%-10% rebate to the schools, insuring that 102%-110% of the giver’s funding will be allocated directly to the school’s technology program to help modernize American classrooms. Local Giving Priorities Like a wedding registry, schools use www.digitalwish.com to create a “wish list” of needed technology products for their classroom. Donors then visit Digital Wish and elect to buy items directly from the teacher’s wish lists, or donate money directly to local schools in need. Funding can be allocated to schools across any local region in the following ways: * Browse local teacher profiles, identify worthy classrooms, and award product grants by purchasing items from a school’s wish list. * Select all the schools in a county and allocate a unique cash grant amount for each. Schools then decide which wish list items to purchase. * Enter a total sum and evenly distribute it across all the selected schools. For example, a $22,000 fund could be allocated evenly across all the schools in a local county. Targeting local or underserved schools is simply a matter of searching by region or county. A single transaction can include any number of cash donations and/or product purchases, for any number of schools, in any local area. Creating A Competitive Grant Program If a foundation prefers to create a unique competitive grant program, Digital Wish can construct an entire program, at no cost to the philanthropic sponsor. Online grant applications can be created with fields for minority status, income levels, or new judging criteria based on any priorities set by the philanthropic giver. Judging can occur from any internet connection with three elimination rounds tailored to any foundation’s needs, or winners can be selected randomly. Digital Wish can even filter out the best applications, in order to narrow the field of candidates for the judges. Donors Are Recognized The corporate or foundational logo can appear on each school’s profile page where a grant is provided. Press release templates are automatically sent to schools, making it easy for the local press to acknowledge the philanthropic contributions. Printable templates encourage teachers to send newsletter updates to parents, community networks, and the press. Corporate donors benefit from cause-related marketing, foundational donors can easily widen their philanthropic reach, schools are modernized, fantastic press is garnered, and there is virtually no overhead cost to administer a wide scale grants program for a large numbers of schools. Larger donors will be publicized on the Digital Wish home page so that all schools are made aware of their contributions. About Digital Wish As a public charity, Digital Wish is on a mission to modernize American classrooms and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce. Educators build technology wish lists and describe how each resource will be utilized. Teachers write project plans or browse a free lesson plan library to find project ideas written by educators, outlining best practices in technology. Their classroom’s story is then posted online, for review by any donor. Donors Contributions All technology resources ship directly to the schools, so there is virtually no risk that grant funds will ever be misallocated. There is never any cost associated with making donations. Digital Wish also provides schools with cash-back manufacturer’s rebates on every product purchase, giving schools an additional cash award and insuring that 102%-105% of the donor’s funds benefit classroom teachers and their students. These rebates motivate schools to continue supporting their technology program, even after the donor’s award has been utilized. Call to Action Please contact Digital Wish to set up a cost-free educational giving program. We can: 1. Distribute funds to local schools and cost-free. 2. Create a competitive grant program for schools under your branding. Grants can be set up at any financial level. Programs can be accomplished with no administrative costs, and technology rebates provide an additional premium on every foundation’s funding dollar. Make a Digital Wish come true! About Digital Wish Digital Wish is a public charity with a mission to modernize American schools and prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

Inspiration Adds New Lesson Plan Book
Posted by Jen Sweeney at 02:44:11 PM Tue 06/03/2008
The Kidspiration® in the Classroom: Math Made Visual lesson plan book supports teachers as they help students develop mathematical concepts, skills, thinking and reasoning. 30 lesson plans are included, aligned to NCTM standards and designed specifically to support K-5 math instruction using Kidspiration 3. Read more here.
Digital Wish Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller, [email protected]
Digital Wish
PO Box 255
Milton, DE 19968
866.344.7758

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