October 13, 2014
San Luis Obispo, Calif.– DonorsChoose.org and PG&E today announced a partnership to help maximize children's learning in San Luis Obispo County public schools. PG&E is providing a "Double Your Impact" offer through DonorsChoose.org to match 50 percent of funding needs of classroom projects across the county, up to $25,000.
This program is the first of its kind to support education efforts in San Luis Obispo County.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects local communities to public schools in need. Under the organizations' program, educators from across San Luis Obispo County are posting classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscopes for biology class. Community members can visit the website, browse project requests and make a contribution to a local classroom. Once community members have funded 50 percent of the project cost, PG&E will provide the remaining 50 percent of the funding to fulfill the need — effectively doubling the impact.
By inspiring a dollar-for-dollar match, PG&E’s $25,000 investment will be leveraged to ultimately deliver $50,000 to San Luis Obispo County classrooms. These funds are anticipated to fund approximately 75 classroom projects and provide over 1,500 students across the county with the materials and experiences they need to be successful in school.
"The PTA is delighted to hear about the investment that PG&E is making to support in-classroom projects throughout San Luis Obispo County," said Patty Revalee, PTA President, 24th District. "Special projects like these can really make a difference in a student's experience in school. The PTA looks forward to helping promote the matching program."
In addition to the $25,000 match, PG&E also has invested in purchasing 100, $25 gift cards that were distributed to local PTAs and community members to encourage participation in the program.
"With more than 1,800 PG&E employees in San Luis Obispo County, supporting the children in this community is an important local commitment. It underscores the vital role we play in these communities," said Pat Mullen, PG&E's local division director. "By partnering with DonorsChoose.org, we are able to connect with our local teachers and provide them with exactly what they need to create an exciting and engaging learning environment for their students."
DonorsChoose.org was founded in 2000 and is dedicated to addressing the scarcity and inequity of distribution of materials and learning experiences in our public schools. By providing an avenue for small, directed contributions, community members are able to choose which projects to fund. The organization’s mission is to engage the community in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity.
"PG&E is clearly committed to supporting local communities in which they live in and serve," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "This is an exciting initiative for our organization and will enable citizens to engage with innovative teachers in a simple, immediate way."
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.