We know that so many teachers seek out classroom support through DonorsChoose, and we hear from many when they don’t see the Finch Robot or Hummingbird Kit listed as an item to add to their project. Here’s what we know:
- Special Request Projects
BirdBrain Technologies’ tools can only be fundraised for with a Special Request Project. This is not ideal. The requirements lead us to believe that you’ll have to have at least 2 projects funded before you can start a Special Request Project. It’s a big hurdle for all teachers, but especially those new to DonorsChoose.
- Vendor Directory
The vendor directory for regular DonorsChoose projects is quite small. We’ve tried to become a vendor, but it’s not possible within the current system. One of our authorized resellers, Carolina Biological, is listed in the vendor directory, but from what we understand they offer a limited catalog of products to Donors Choose and BirdBrain Technologies’ classroom tools are not included.
We hope that this changes in the future and it becomes easier for teachers to seek out support for new/unique classroom tools within DonorsChoose. Until then, you can consider starting a Special Request Project and reaching out to DonorsChoose customer support with questions on earning points.