Means for Dreams is an incredibly exciting new service supporting public education in Washington, DC. It allows teachers in the school system to propose small projects that they’d like to launch, along with an amount of money they’d need to get the project off the ground. The site then collects contributions from individuals and organizations, and when the target amount is reached, the aggregated contributions are released to the teacher. They also provide donors with documentation of their contribution, so they can claim it as a deduction on their taxes. The whole project is funded by grants from foundations, so 100% of all contributions goes to the projects they are earmarked for.
Here’s a few of the projects that Means for Dreams has funded so far:
Means for Dreams calls this kind of site a “philanthropic exchange”, which I think is an excellent term for this kind of mini-market in social improvement. It’s an inspiring example of the anthill philosophy — if we each take a little, we can collectively do a lot — in action in my community.
That’s not to say that it’s perfect, though; there are a couple of things Means for Dreams could do better:
These are minor quibbles, though — Means for Dreams is a great idea and a big step in the right direction. A big thumbs-up goes out from me to MoD and its sponsors, including the AOL-Time Warner Foundation and Volvo Group North America.Posted by Jason Lefkowitz at September 10, 2003
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