Join the Educator Innovation Fund
RISE recognizes that educators have no shortage of great ideas. The Educator Innovation Fund provides an outlet for educators to dream big.
The RISE Network and Dalio Philanthropies have partnered with DonorsChoose to launch the RISE Educator Innovation Fund to support educators in bringing to life their creative ideas to promote on-track achievement and college and career success. Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose is an online crowdfunding platform for public school educators. Educators can launch projects on DonorsChoose at any time, and members of the general public can donate funds to support and fulfill these project requests.
Projects submitted by RISE educators and aligned to network goals—helping students stay on-track to, through, and beyond high school—qualify for an exclusive match offer. For every dollar raised in public support, applicants receive an equal match from Dalio Philanthropies. This helps educators bring their ideas to reality.
RISE educators continue to demonstrate tremendous creativity and an overwhelming commitment to their students through the Innovation Fund. Educators have used Educator Innovation Fund projects to enrich their instruction and classroom environments, build student engagement and connections to school, create experiences that invest and motivate their students, and enable students to explore post-secondary opportunities. Since 2016, an average of 500 educators each year have submitted a total of 2,634 projects on DonorsChoose and over 2,000 have been fully funded, bringing in $1.4 million dollars of resources to our partner schools.