Donorschoose.org founder, Charles Best, to deliver lecture.

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Donorschoose.org founder, Charles Best, to deliver lecture.

On Wednesday, November 18, at 8 p.m., Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, will discuss how his revolutionary New York City-based charity is addressing educational inequality in the United States while raising millions of dollars for teachers along the way when he delivers Fairfield University’s Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture. The event will take place in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Mr. Best’s lecture, “Donors Choose: Expanding the Possibilities of Education,” is co-sponsored by Fairfield University’s Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and Open VISIONS Forum through the generosity of the Frank Jacoby Foundation of Bridgeport.

Best is passionate about helping children by improving education. In 2000, Best, then a history teacher at a Bronx high school, was spending his own money on school supplies. So were his colleagues. He sketched out a website where teachers can post classroom project requests--and where anyone with $5 can be a philanthropist. DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on the website, and people can give any amount to the project that inspires them.

To date, it has helped over 257,000 teachers raise more than $367,000,000 for 639,000 projects ranging from class trips and musical instruments to science projects and technology. Teachers at more than half of the public schools in America have posted projects on DonorsChoose.org so far.

Oprah Winfrey has named the organization one of her "ultimate favorite things" and has described it as “a revolutionary charity.” Talk show host Stephen Colbert, a member of its board of directors, said of the organization, “You know exactly who you’re helping.” DonorsChoose.org was named by Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World" alongside Apple, Facebook, Google, Nike and General Electric. This is the first time a charity has ever received this recognition. For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Best, who is chief executive officer of DonorsChoose.org, to its "40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business" as a result of the success of his innovative organization.

Tickets are $45. Fairfield University student tickets are $5. Discount tickets available for K-12 educators. For tickets and information, visit www.quickcenter.com or call the Box Office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. The lecture is sponsored, in part, by H.J. Baker & Bro, Bank of America, The Spa at Delamar, TV Eyes, WSHU and Moffly Media.

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