Big Blue Room, Ted Constant Center, Old Dominion University
President's Lecture Series; Marc and Connie Jacobson Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Series
Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a pioneering crowdfunding nonprofit organization. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests, and donors can choose which projects to support.
Best launched the platform in 2000 out of the Bronx public high school where he taught history. Today, more than two-thirds of U.S. public schools have at least one teacher who has created a project request on DonorsChoose.org, and 1.8 million people have donated $360 million to classroom projects reaching 16 million students.
For three years, Fortune has listed Best among its "40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business." DonorsChoose.org also was the first charity to be featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World."
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