Yahoo! and Microsoft Give Money to Schools via DonorChoose.org
Article by George Norman
On 23 Nov 2010
Yahoo! wants to fund teachers and classrooms but only if you, the user make Yahoo! your homepage. Yahoo! has recently announced the launch of Yahoo! Homepage for Homerooms, a program that goes something like this: each week Yahoo! will donate money to a classroom project via DonorsChoose.org. The money will go to the classroom project that has the most supporters. To support a project, you need to choose one from the list and then make Yahoo! your homepage.

Through December 23, Yahoo! will donate up to $350,000 to public school classrooms. Each week Yahoo! will donate $25,000 to various projects – there’s a $600 limit per project. For each week that at least 50,000 people make Yahoo! their homepage, Yahoo! will double the donation – instead of $25,000 it will donate $50,000. And if 500,000 people make Yahoo! their homepage by Dec 23, 2010, Yahoo! will donate and additional $100,000.

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“Yahoo! is dedicated to supporting education and helping both students and teachers thrive. We’re continually sharing and hearing stories about what our community does to help our classrooms gain much needed funding – bake sales, magazine subscription sales, collecting empty cans, gift wrap and more. So today we launched Yahoo! Homepages for Homerooms, a program that gives everyone a new way to help teachers and classrooms get funding,” said Yahoo! in a blog post.

Moving on, Microsoft is also giving away money to schools via DonorsChoose.org. The Redmond-based software giant has recently announced the Bing Million Dollar Giving Challenge. The goal of this challenge is simple: you, the user, can help Bing raise $1,000,000 for U.S. public schools by December 31st. This challenge also involves changing your homepage; the Bing team explains:

"To get involved, visit Bing.com/gives and by simply clicking on a button, we’ll donate $1 on your behalf to DonorsChoose.org. Or, you can also receive a $5 donation code to use for any DonorsChoose.org project of your choice once you set Bing as your default homepage. Either way, we’re raising money together for deserving students and schools across the country. You can check out some of the amazing projects we will support through DonorsChoose.org at our site. "





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