Classroom Crowdfunding: #ArmMeWith Social Media Toolkit

We receive amazing success stories from teachers who raise hundreds to thousands of dollars crowdfunding on When we asked our veteran fundraisers to share their advice for those new to crowdfunding, many of them gave the same answer: Utilize social media. Join the movement! Teachers have proven to be social media trendsetters, starting recent […]

Enter to Win $50 When You Participate in March Supply Madness

March is finally here and we’ve got our brackets locked in…but we’re not talking about the NCAA basketball tournament. We’re bringing March Supply Madness back by popular demand, to help us determine which school supply is the classroom’s most valuable player. This year, we even added a fun twist: our brackets are filled exclusively with […]

A New Way to Give: The Inclusive Classroom Fund

Donors to can help bring equity in education to the individual classroom with our new Inclusive Classroom Fund. This new addition to our Spotlight Funds supports teachers who require supplies that address their students’ individual needs, in order to create a level playing field in their classroom. Donations to this fund will help teachers […]

How To Succeed In Grant Applications Without Really Stressing

As an teacher, you’re a funding machine. You know how to ask for the funds you need from parents, teachers, and neighbors. You got this. But did you know also has grant programs? Each school year, we have a rotation of application rounds for our various funds, including Arts, STEM, Highest Need, and […]

Ann Pifer Named Executive Director of

We’re kicking off our 20th anniversary with a BIG announcement! is thrilled to announce Ann Pifer as our new executive director. Pifer has served as our organization’s chief operating officer since 2013, spearheading our headquarters move to Minnesota. As a predominately virtual organization, Pifer has been instrumental in advancing our technological capabilities to ensure that […]

Show a Teacher Some Love With an Valentine!

Join us in showing teachers some love this Valentine’s Day by tagging a teacher in one of our three Facebook Valentines. When you tag an registered teacher in one of our Valentines on February 14th-21st, they will be automatically entered to win a $50 donation to their classroom page. Three teachers will be randomly […]

Answer These 6 Questions and We’ll Match You With Your Dream Classroom Supply

Every teacher has classroom supplies that they dream of using in order to offer more enriching lessons for their students. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re acting as a Classroom Cupid by matching teachers with the classroom supplies they love! Take our OkClassroom quiz to see which classroom supply is your perfect match: 1. […]

What Would Happen If Teachers Didn’t Need to Purchase Classroom Supplies? is celebrating 20 years of helping teachers access classroom supplies, who often spend their own money providing for their students. Unfortunately, teachers’ out-of-pocket spending hasn’t changed much since our founding in 1998. We’ve been thinking about how amazing it would be if our dream came true and all classrooms just had what they needed, […]

We’re Celebrating 20 Years of Empowering Teachers With Needed Classroom Supplies is excited to announce our 20th anniversary! In 1998, was founded to support the dedicated teachers who spend money out of their own pockets on classroom supplies. Over the past 20 years, corporate partners, small businesses, and individual donors have teamed up with our nonprofit to make a huge impact on classrooms in […]

Amazing Things Happen in Classrooms When Donors Lend a Hand

Every teacher should feel empowered. And when they are empowered with the resources they need, they make brighter futures possible for our leaders of tomorrow. Thanks to Teachers First Fund donors, teachers are changing the way their students learn. The power of a helping hand History teacher Mark Westpfahl raised more than $3,500 on […]

Get Ready to Update Your New Classroom Photo!

We’re continuing to make improvements to the teacher dashboard, so keep an eye out for some new features that will change the way you upload your profile picture. Starting next week, you’ll have more options for uploading a classroom photo that will help you capture the attention of donors. Please Note: Every teacher will need […]

7 Fundraising Tips for Supporting Classrooms Damaged by Natural Disasters

We’ve launched an all new peer-to-peer fundraising platform that allows individuals or groups to raise money for one of our disaster funds, like the Hurricane Harvey Classroom Relief Fund or Hurricane Irma Classroom Relief Fund, in support of classrooms damaged by a natural disaster. If you’d like to lend a hand to classrooms impacted by […]