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For connecting kids who need supplies to donors who want to help

Charles Best, the founder and CEO of, hatched the idea for the website during a lunch break at Wings Academy, a Bronx public high school where he was a social studies teacher.

Photographs by: Erin Patrice O'Brien

In 2010, grew to 250,000 donors, who gave roughly $30 million to support 60,000 classroom projects. Bronx science teacher Steve Oszust has successfully raised more than $125,000 with his knack for catchy headlines—"No Bones About It!" atop a post asking for a model skeleton. Thanks to the campaigns, he has created an elective in environmental studies and started a tennis club. His students talk about what the donations have meant to them.