Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support.
Best launched the platform in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. Today, more than two thirds of U.S. public schools have at least one teacher who has created a project request on DonorsChoose.org, and 1.8 million people have donated $360 million to classroom projects reaching 16 million students.
DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “Ultimate Favorite Things” and was the first charity to be featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World”.
For three years, FORTUNE magazine has named Best to its “40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.” He has received the John F. Kennedy “New Frontier Award,” , which honors young Americans who are changing their communities—and the country—with their commitment to public service.