I've had really good luck with them the past couple of years. I posted a new proposal for art supplies, and another for the books from our student book club list some time ago. I received the e-mail last week saying we only had a few more days left before they were going to be archived. And lo and behold----both funded today!!!!!!! I guess Starbucks funded a bunch of Texas projects that were on their last legs. So cheers to Starbucks (now I feel badly that I don't drink coffee-can you believe there's a teacher out there who has never been to a Starbucks!) and cheers to Donorschoose. It's like $700 worth of materials for the kids!
Seriously, it takes 15 minutes to post a proposal-especially if you already know what you are going to ask for. It's worth taking the chance and posting a request-it's an easy process and they walk you through it step by step.
My 2 suggestions if you are posting a request would be: 1) Use a catchy title-that's the hardest part for me, especially because I've done a bunch now and feel like I've run out of ideas. Make it rhyme, use alliteration-the one I called "Loco for Literature" was filled in a month or so. 2) Ask for $300 or less. Especially now with people distributing the gift cards around. One project had 19 different donors to get to $300-most were smaller gift card amounts.