Charles Best

Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org

  • Charles Best`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Charles Best`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    New York, USA

  • Charles Best`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Charles Best`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    New York, USA

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No More Gatekeepers

Best shares how, as a 24-year-old teacher at a Bronx high school, he created a model of giving hailed as “the future of philanthropy” by The New York Times. His story starts with the high school wrestling coach who inspired him to become a teacher, the most...

Best shares how, as a 24-year-old teacher at a Bronx high school, he created a model of giving hailed as “the future of philanthropy” by The New York Times. His story starts with the high school wrestling coach who inspired him to become a teacher, the most humiliating mistake he ever made getting DonorsChoose.org off the ground, and the most poignant moments of its journey, such as the projects teachers created to recover from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Today, teachers at 70% of public schools in America have created projects on DonorsChoose.org, and more than $430 million has been raised to fulfill more than 735,000 projects.

Best connects his story to other sites that—like DonorsChoose.org—enable anyone to go public with their idea and request financial support. Best says these sites signal a profound change in how long someone has to wait to have their need met, and who you have to know, and how lucky you have to be, to bring a good idea to life. He says they represent a new kind of marketplace where gatekeepers no longer stand in your way.

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Pushing Intelligence Out to the Edge

In launching DonorsChoose.org out of his Bronx classroom, Best pioneered the crowd-funding movement. Today, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests on DonorsChoose.org, and more than a million people have donated $200 million. ...

In launching DonorsChoose.org out of his Bronx classroom, Best pioneered the crowd-funding movement. Today, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests on DonorsChoose.org, and more than a million people have donated $200 million.

That scale of growth has spurred Best and his team to tap the power of both crowd-funding and crowd-funding, making DonorsChoose.org the first charity ever named to Fast Company’s list of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.” Best explains how the DonorsChoose.org team has:

    • Opened up a mountain of data so that people can discover what schools most need and which teaching topics are trending, inspiring hundreds of web developers to build apps that engage the public in public schools.
    • Crowdsourced many aspects of integrity assurance and quality control, a shift that has delivered huge productivity gains as well as cost savings.
    • Turned DonorsChoose.org into a platform that companies like Google, Facebook, Starbucks, and Chevron are using to do cause marketing, to engage their customers and employees in philanthropy, and to “do well by doing good.”

Charles concludes by giving everyone a DonorsChoose.org gift card (underwritten by his speaker’s fee) to spend on a classroom project of their choice.

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About Keynote Speaker Charles Best

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.

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