DonorsChoose.org CEO Charles Best Wins USA Network Award

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Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org, joins Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales and others honored for their work with a Character Approved Award. The award, given by USA Network, recognizes creativity and influence.

DonorsChoose.org Online Charity for Schools

cultural trailblazers who are influencing our opinions, style and view of the world.

Charles Best was recently awarded a Character Approved Award from USA Network for his online charity, DonorsChoose.org. He was the winner in the giving category, and joins seven other visionaries including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Each was selected for their impact on culture, their impact, legacy and personas.

USA Network called the winners, "cultural trailblazers who are influencing our opinions, style and view of the world." The honorees are being featured on USA Network and given a "Character" award. In addition, they received a $10,000 honorarium for the charity of their choice. Not surprisingly, Charles picked DonorsChoose.org.

Even though just 32, Best has been involved in teaching and giving for a long time. In college he traveled to Mexico to train Tzotzil Indians to be teachers. He also taught literacy at a farm/orphanage in Nicaragua. He's also familiar with the frustration of having a dream and not being able to fulfill it.

Later, as a school teacher in the Bronx, he helped provide his students with learning experiences. When the school lacked the resources for his ideas, he, like many teachers, used his own money.

Now he's a philanthropist whose passion is to help regular people give to specific projects at classrooms around the country. At DonorsChoose.org, teachers submit proposals asking for things for their class. Individual donors can review requests and contribute any project for the amount they choose.

Nonprofit DonorsChoose.org has been recognized many times, including:

  • Nonprofit Innovation Award given by Stanford Business School and Amazon.com
  • a Global Technology Laureate from the TECH Museum of Innovation and Microsoft
  • Fast Company Social Capitalist Award
  • Named by the TechCrunch community as "most likely to make the world a better place."
  • Featured on Oprah Winfrey and The New York Times.

"DonorsChoose.org lets the ordinary person experience the joy of giving that millionaires have. Once you give to a classroom, the classrooms reports back. You can see how your donation was used and how the students benefited."

Watch an online video of Best by going to http://www.usanetwork.com/characterapproved/honorees/best/video.html

About DonorsChoose.org
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org has been recognized as "America's most innovative charity" by the Stanford Business School and Amazon.com. Since inception, donors from all walks of life have funded 62,000 classroom projects, providing over $25 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources benefiting 1.5 million students from low-income communities. Any individual can give give to charity.

Experience the joy of helping children learn - sponsor a classroom project at a school near you. Learn more about Charity donations for schools at DonorsChoose.org.

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