Herb Kohl giving $500,000 to fund teachers’ project requests

Supporting 924 projects across the state

Philanthropist and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's annual meeting.

Milwaukee philanthropist and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl is again fulfilling all project requests from Wisconsin educators on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.

Philanthropist and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.

Herb Kohl Philanthropies announced Thursday it is flash-funding 924 projects across the state totaling $507,000. The funding requests include educational supplies, technology, equipment and instruments, training and trips, and basic needs such as food, clothing and hygiene.

On Friday morning, a “You just got funded” message will land in the inboxes of 755 teachers in 424 schools serving 84,771 students. The average classroom project cost is about $600. The foundation’s gift fulfilled all project requests that needed $2,400 or less to be fully funded.

“For all the love and care teachers bring to their profession and classrooms every day, this is hopefully a meaningful way to show them how much we care too,” Kohl said. “Teachers humbly and resourcefully go the extra mile for their students. I am inspired by their actions which help bring equity to Wisconsin’s classrooms. While these efforts are priceless, the materials cost money – money teachers should not spend out of their own pockets.”

Since 2016, Herb Kohl Philanthropies has provided $2 million for classroom support to Wisconsin’s teachers through DonorsChoose.

“We so appreciate the generosity of Herb Kohl Philanthropies, and their efforts to spread love to teachers across the state with this special surprise,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. “We know this support will be greatly appreciated by the hard-working, innovative Wisconsin teachers who bring learning to life for their students each day.”

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Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson covers health care, nonprofits, education and insurance for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism, history and African studies. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends and seeing live music wherever she can.