Getting Schooled On Starting A Business By DonorsChoose.org's Charles Best

"It's about being shameless and relentless and hustling for the first users and for the first partners," says Best. "That takes both sort of an energy and a humility."

If you've never given money to a school using DonorsChoose.org, you should. Not because it's the right thing to do, but because it's a fun experience. You could give to a school in your hometown, or one teaching a topic you're passionate about. Since over 170,000 teachers at 40% of the country's schools have posted on the site, there's almost no end to the fund-worthy projects you can find.

Given the organization's success, it's almost hard to believe that founder Charles Best, 35, started it inside the school where he was teaching. Students were staff members; the classroom was his office. And after a few years he was able to hire one colleague—while still teaching full time. 

The big goal for 2012? Watch the video to find out what it is and how you can contribute.

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  • Charles Best...THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have had three projects funded by Donors Choose so far and am in the process of writing my fourth proposal! My students get SO excited every time we get a donation. I teach 2nd grade in an inner city public school so my kids don't have much...but they come to school so very eager to learn and your organization has helped us get things WE NEVER would have had other wise!!! Next are iPods so we can listen to fluent reading:):)

    Again...Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in our future!!!!

    Lynda Sullivan