Day ten was the best day of the 12 Days of Holiday Bullshit. We took everyone’s dollar and used it to purchase supplies for high-need public school classrooms across the U.S. using DonorsChoose.org.
Last year, we did a pay-what-you-want holiday pack and raised $70,000, which we donated to the Wikimedia Foundation. We weren’t sure if the Wikimedia foundation would want to be associated with us, so we didn’t check with them, we just sent over a check and announced it online. It turns out that this was a really bad idea, and that it caused some confusion on Wikimedia’s end, so this year we called up DonorsChoose.org early and told them that we wanted to make a big holiday donation. They were a pleasure to work with, and we even got to meet with DonorsChoose.org’s founder and CEO, Charles Best, in Chicago.
The Letter & Thank You Notes
One of the best parts of buying supplies for a classroom on DonorsChoose.org is that the kids write you thank you notes. We knew that this was one of the most powerful parts of the experience, and we wanted to share it with the recipients of Holiday Bullshit, so long before the holidays we made a “test donation” of $4,000 to a few fund a few dozen projects. We received hundreds of thank you notes, picked our favorite ones, and reproduced them as part of the letter that we sent to everyone on day 10:
Today we donated your dollar to charity.
If you don’t like that you can go make your own shitty card game.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you. Today we gave $100,000 to teachers in high-need classrooms to buy supplies for their students. Find our how we spent your money at CardsAgainstHumanity.com/donorschoose.
Donating the Money
In December, we started spending our $100,000 on DonorsChoose.org projects. Each of the eight Cards writers and Trin and Jenn were responsible for spending $10,000, and we each picked the projects that appealed to us.
Daniel, who’s been living in Hawaii, focused on projects local to Hawaii public schools. Josh, who is getting his PhD in physics, funded science projects and field trips to planetariums. David funded music projects and bought a lot of instruments for students. Jenn, who is weird and enjoys running, funded a lot of fitness projects. Max funded a lot of projects local to Chicago.
After we had given our full $100,000 (we actually went a little over, there were a lot of good projects), we worked with DonorsChoose.org to get as much data as we could about how we spent the money.
Josh started crunching the numbers in Mathematica and Max laid out the results in a ridiculously long infographic that broke Photoshop.
You can see the infographic on how we spent everyone’s money at CardsAgainstHumanity.com/donorschoose.
One More Thing
Max and our junior designer Emily worked over a weekend to put together a few new design ideas for DonorsChoose.org, and pitched them to Charles the next time he was in town. DonorsChoose liked them, and invited Max to join their national advisory council.