Change the Marketplace — Change the Rules

Agenda

Charles 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 covers 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, such as the projects teachers created to recover from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.  Today, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created projects on DonorsChoose.org, and more than a million people have given $200 million.
 
Charles connects this story to the rise of Kickstarter and Etsy, sites that—like DonorsChoose.org—enable anyone to go public with their originality. These sites signal a profound change in how long you have to wait, and who you have to know, and how lucky you have to be, to bring a good idea to life.  They represent a new kind of marketplace where gatekeepers no longer stand in your way.
 
Charles enables the audience to experience this change by giving everyone a DonorsChoose.org gift card (underwritten by his speaker’s fee) to spend on a classroom project of their choice, so they can directly connect with a classroom in need.
 
You will learn:
How to implement the model of giving hailed as "the future of philanthropy"
How to bring good ideas to life in your organization
The new model of innovation - no more gatekeepers

Keynote Presenter

Charles Best

Founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org