Educational Institutions

Give Teachers A Hand




Adopt-A-Classroom advances equity in education by powering today's classrooms to prepare tomorrow's graduates.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Ms. Ann Ruhr Pifer

Main Address

401 Second Ave. N, Suite 350



education, teacher, student, school, learning, kids, community





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Children's Rights (R28)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

School budgets are tight and many families cannot afford to provide school supplies for their children. Teachers fill the gap by spending an annual average of $740 out-of-pocket on their classroom. We connect teachers and schools with funding to ensure every student has what they deserve to succeed in school.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Classroom Adoptions


Arts Fund

Inclusive Classroom Fund

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of children who received school supplies

Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next? addresses educational inequity by connecting donors with teachers and schools who need funding. Our goal is to ensure that all students have the tools they deserve to succeed in school. By 2025, we want to reach all of our nation’s school districts and provide funding for 3 out of 4 Title 1 schools.

We recruit individual donors to support education across the nation by adopting classrooms and schools. We reach out through traditional mail, email marketing, and social media. We recruit teachers and schools to participate in our programs by distributing information to school districts, participating in national and regional education conferences, and volunteer outreach. We also partner with corporations and foundations to fund classrooms and schools on a larger scale.

Our website: Teachers and schools can register on our free crowdfunding platform Donors may search and adopt teachers and schools directly on our website. Our proprietary eCommerce marketplace: No cash changes hands in our system. Teachers and schools spend their funds on our private eCommerce marketplace consisting exclusively of educational products and office supply vendors. Teachers and schools can get what they need, when they need it. All spending in our marketplace is tracked for full transparency. Our programs: Our Teacher Program, School Program, and Spotlight Funds serve accredited K-12 public, private, and charter schools and teachers. Spotlight Fund grants fund need based on subject area or Title I status. Our staff: Our staff of 12 employees is organized into Marketing & Development, Finance & Administration, and Operations & Technology. We leverage technology to keep our team as small and efficient as possible.

We gauge our progress and impact on the following metrics: - Total $ amount raised - # of schools, teachers, and students supported - # of Title I schools reached - # of school districts in the country reached

Since 1998, we have raised $36 million, adopted 200,000 classrooms, and supported 4.5 million students. By 2025, we want to reach all of our nation’s school districts and provide funding for 3 out of 4 Title 1 schools.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity