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About ClassWish

What is the mission of ClassWish?

ClassWish.org, an exciting new nonprofit website, helps educators and schools get the supplies they need for their students to excel.

Is ClassWish a nonprofit?

Yes. ClassWish is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions made to ClassWish are tax-deductible.

How can I contact ClassWish?

You can contact us via email or regular mail:

feedback@classwish.org

ClassWish, Inc.
401 Seventh Avenue, office level B
New York, NY 10001

Who Can Use ClassWish

What schools can use ClassWish?

ClassWish is available for all accredited 501(c)(3) or public K-12,private, parochial, magnet, and charter schools in the United States.

What if I can't find my school on ClassWish?

ClassWish uses a database of schools that have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by each state. New schools and addresses updated in the last year may not appear on ClassWish. If you cannot find a particular school, just login and then let us know. We will let you know when we have added it to the database.

Who can create a Wish List?

Educators (as defined in the User Agreement), including teachers, administrators, and PTA/PTO officers are invited to create Wish Lists for classroom or school-wide needs.

What if I can't find an educator I'm looking for on ClassWish?

At any school page, you can write-in the name of and donate to support any educator so you do not have to wait for them to create a Wish List.

Also please tell the educators you know about this opportunity to get the supplies they need! Just click here or click "Invite Teachers" from any school page to send an email invitation. Or click here to print a flyer that you or your child can deliver.

Can students get involved with fundraising?

We encourage educators, parents, students, community members and other supporters to take an active role in spreading the word ClassWish.

Educator FAQ

What schools can use ClassWish?

ClassWish is available for all accredited 501(c)(3) or public K-12, private, parochial, magnet, and charter schools in the United States.

What if I can't find my school on ClassWish?

ClassWish uses a database of schools that have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by each state. New schools and addresses updated in the last year may not appear on ClassWish. If you cannot find a particular school, just login and then let us know. We will let you know when we have added it to the database.

Who can create a Wish List?

Educators, including teachers, administrators, and PTA/PTO officers are invited to create Wish Lists for classroom or school-wide needs.

What are the benefits of registering as an educator on ClassWish?

ClassWish.org provides a convenient, rewarding, and efficient way for teachers, administrators, and PTA/PTO officers to inspire parents and others in the community to contribute toward the supplies you need for students to excel.

ClassWish makes it simple:
*Educators create a Wish List of the supplies they need for classroom or school-wide needs.
*ClassWish provides easy tools, such as emails and flyers, to spread the word to parents and others in the community.
*Supporters see exactly what is needed and how they can help.
*Contributions are tax-deductible, and we provide a receipt 1.
*ClassWish also makes it easy for contributors to seek matching donations from their employers.
*Educators submit a request online for ClassWish to purchase the needed supplies.
*ClassWish receives all educator requests, purchases the items, and has them sent directly to each school.
*To help ensure transparency and accountability, ClassWish.org may display all items sent to educators.

1 ClassWish is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Charitable gifts and donations are tax deductible to donors who are United States taxpayers. Download our tax letter »

How much does it cost to create a Wish List?

It's free!

How do I sign up as an educator, administrator or PTA/PTO leader on ClassWish?

It's easy! Just register, login to ClassWish.org, and search for your school. Then, click to create a wish list on the Teacher Needs tab of that school page.

Does an educator need the school's permission to join ClassWish?

ClassWish does not require you to get permission. If you are in doubt about school policy, please check with your principal.

What if I teach at more than one school?

At this time, we ask each ClassWish educator to select just one school to display on their profile. If you teach at more than one school, please select the one school that you would prefer to have appear on your profile. Any supplies you request will be sent to that school. Please note that these supplies then become the property of that school, and can only be used there.

What if I change schools?

To help us honor donors' preferences that all contributions go to support the school they intend to support, we ask educators to spend all of the money in their account for one school before seeking contributions to benefit another school. Any supplies ClassWish provides will be sent to the school with which your Wish List is affiliated. These supplies become the property of that school, and can only be used there. You cannot transfer funds from your account at one school to an account at another, and you cannot take materials ClassWish provides from one school to another.

How do I create a Wish List?

Creating a Wish List is as easy as shopping online. And since you don't have to pay for the items, it's even more fun!

Once you have signed in and indicated that you are an educator, you can create a Wish List in just minutes. Just follow the instructions on the site.

To encourage contributions and to help ensure accountability, we encourage you to include additional information for each wish, such as grade level, and a short comment about why the supplies will improve the children's education.

What kinds of items can I add to my Wish List?

You can include on your Wish List any supplies or equipment that supports the educational needs of your students and meet the ClassWish Eligibility Requirements, and that are available from our vendor partners, which are listed at http://ClassWish-Vendors.org.

What if the supplies I need are not available on ClassWish.org or from your vendor partners?

If there is anything you need and can't find, just let us know, and we will do our best to add it.

Can I fund a field trip through ClassWish?

We list field trips on the School Needs page for each school, so you can fund field trips for the school, but we do not yet have a way for individual teachers to raise money for field trips.

Can I view other educators' Wish Lists?

Yes, you can get inspired by seeing what other teachers have requested.

Who is likely to contribute to my Wish List?

Most of us care about children, education, and our communities. Your Wish List is likely to receive contributions from parents, grandparents, neighbors, local businesses, alumni, friends, and others you ask.

How do I get people to contribute toward my Wish List?

Many people are eager to help their local schools; they just need to be asked. The first step is getting the word out about your Wish List. Our customizable emails and printable flyers make it easy to spread the word, so you can start getting funding for the supplies you need. We also encourage you to use your existing channels of communication with parents, friends and colleagues.

How long does it typically take for contributions to arrive for the supplies I display on my Wish List?

The more energetically you spread the word, the faster people will know about your needs, and the sooner they will have the opportunity to contribute toward the things you need.

Does my Wish List expire after a certain period of time?

Wish Lists do not expire, and educators are able to add, edit, and delete items at any time, as well as deactivate them.

How will I know when a contribution has been made to help fund items on my Wish List?

You can see the entry in your Account when you are logged in. Please note that it may take 24 to 48 hours for new donations to be reflected there.

What if someone makes a contribution toward my Wish List and then reverses the credit card transaction?

If someone reverses a credit card transaction toward your Wish List, we will deduct those funds from the amount available for your Wish List.

Once contributions are made, how do I get the items I want?

Once your Wish List has received contributions, you can request items from ClassWish (whether they were shown on your wish list or not) as set forth at http://ClassWish-Vendors.org. After receiving your request, ClassWish will order the items and deduct the amount shown for the items, shipping and tax from the balance of what was contributed toward your Wish List, and we will have the items shipped directly to your school. If the total price of the items you request, plus shipping and tax, exceeds the amount available in your Wish List, you can make a contribution toward your own Wish List.

Do I have any flexibility in the way I use the money that is contributed?

Absolutely! We know educators need flexibility in meeting their needs. You can see the items contributors recommend you request, but you may request the money contributed toward your Wish List be used for whatever items you need, even if they are not already on your Wish List or are not the items suggested by the contributors. Just be aware that contributors may see what items we deliver to you, and keeping contributors happy is usually the best way to get more contributions.

What are the shipping fees on item requests?

Most items are sent by UPS, and larger items are generally sent by truck. The shipping rates for items ordered from our vendor partners generally appear on those websites.

What fees does ClassWish charge on donations to Wish Lists or School Needs?

We currently do not charge any fees on Wish Lists or School Needs. The difference between the retail price you see and a discounted price we earn by aggregating purchases will cover our operating expenses (just like a store lives off of the spread between wholesale and retail prices). The one exception to that is field trips, where we send the money, rather than ordering items, and we charge a low 5% fee. We do deduct the credit card processing fees of 2.9% and 30 cents per transaction before crediting the donation amounts to educator accounts.

What are the credit card processing fees?

Some websites that process charitable and educational donations add large fulfillment fees. ClassWish deducts only a fee to cover our cost of processing the credit card payment: just 2.9% and 30 cents per transaction.

Will the contributors see which supplies ClassWish delivers to me?

We have displayed on Wish Lists items provided through our original ClassWish catalog, and we may show items again in the future.

Where do you ship the items I request?

All items ClassWish provides are shipped to the address that we have on file for your school. We receive these addresses from the U.S. Department of Education. If the address that appears for your school is not current, there is a place for you to indicate this when you submit a Request. We will then confirm the correct address directly with your school before shipping your items.

Can you ship items to my home address or an address other than my school address?

No. To help ensure that the supplies are used only for educational purposes at the school for which you register on our site, ClassWish can only ship supplies to the school address listed in our database.

Who owns the supplies ClassWish provides?

All items ClassWish provides are contributions from ClassWish to the school or nonprofit to which they are shipped.

What is your return policy?

Educator may return items ONLY if they arrive damaged. Items must be returned within 7 days of receipt. Some of our vendor partners may have stricter return policies, which are disclosed on their websites and which you will be subject to.

In order to return an item, please send an email to: feedback@ClassWish.org. Be sure to include your name, school and ClassWish ID# (which appears in the URL of your wish list page), the shipping number (from the packing slip), the vendor who provided it, the list of item or items you wish to return, and the reason for the return.

ClassWish will have the vendor issue return call tags and instructions on how to return the item(s).

ClassWish will have our vendor send a replacement if possible. If not, the amount of the returned item (including sales tax and shipping and handling fees) will be credited to your Wish List.

What are the eligibility requirements for an educator?

ClassWish invites

  • teachers, student teachers, teacher's assistants, librarians, guidance counselors, school nurses, coaches, principals, administrators, part-time after school teachers, other employees directly serving students in an educational capacity, and officers acting on behalf of school Parent Teacher Association units recognized by the National Parent Teacher Association and on behalf of other parent teacher organizations (collectively, “Educators”) in
  • K-12, public, magnet and charter schools, as well as private schools, parochial schools, and other nonprofit organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and that are in the United States (collectively, “Allowed Schools”) and other 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (“Allowed Nonprofit”).

to create wish lists (“Wish Lists”) indicating the supplies and equipment they need for their students to excel and to submit requests (“Requests”) for ClassWish to provide particular items funded by contributions to such Wish Lists.

ClassWish does not accept Wish Lists or Requests from substitute teachers or staff developers.

Funded Requests cannot be transferred to another teacher.

In order to register on ClassWish.org and create Wish Lists and Requests, you must attest to the following:

  • I confirm that I am an Educator in an Allowed School or an employee of an Allowed Nonprofit, as those terms are defined above;
  • I confirm that I am NOT a substitute teacher or staff developer;
  • The activities for which I intend to use any items received through ClassWish are legal and fall within the standards of my state and/or local board or department of education, and the policies of my Allowed School or Allowed Nonprofit;
  • All information I provide to ClassWish is accurate, and I will promptly update the information to keep it accurate;
  • Any Requests I submit and any items I receive are solely for use in my classroom and/or school and any items I request through ClassWish will not be for my or anyone else’s personal use;
  • I agree that any items provided to me by ClassWish shall become and remain the property of the Allowed School or Allowed Nonprofit to which ClassWish has them delivered. I will not take such items to another school or nonprofit, nor will I take such items for my personal use.
  • I commit to including in my Wish Lists and Requests only items that will benefit my students’ education, including extracurricular activities, and to use any items that I receive from ClassWish only for such purposes.
  • I agree that in the event that ClassWish determines that any items I received through ClassWish are not being used in accordance with these Eligibility Requirements, I will return such items to ClassWish at my expense.

Contributor FAQ

What can I support?

You can browse ClassWish.org to find Wish Lists created by educators, administrators, and PTA/PTO officers for classroom or school-wide needs. You can also write-in the name of an educator, and we will notify them that we created an account for them. You can also fund School Needs, and we will have the PTA/PTO leader or school principal request items with those funds.

Can I choose how my contribution is used?

You can make a general contribution toward a Wish List and communicate privately to let the Educator know your preference that your contribution be used for particular items. However, in order to give educators greater flexibility in meeting the most pressing needs of their students, they may request that the funds be used to purchase any items available through ClassWish.org. All items provided through contributions to ClassWish may be displayed on ClassWish.org.

What are the shipping fees on items that educators request?

Shipping rates are set forth in our Educator FAQ.

Will I see how my contribution is used?

Wish Lists may show what has already been sent to the educator, as well as what they are requesting. Remember, they can use contributions for any items we offer, as they think best, to fill their most pressing educational needs.

What kind of supplies will do the most good for education?

ClassWish lets you see exactly what each educator and school needs.

How do I actually pay for my contribution?

We accept all major credit cards and payment by PayPal. Our credit card processing service is provided by PayPal, and we use an SSL certificate signed by a Certificate Authority (GoDaddy) for security on the page that accepts your credit card information. You can check the security of this page by looking for a locked padlock icon, usually found in the Address Bar or Status Bar of your browser. When that lock is secure, and the web address starts with "https", your information is protected. Clicking on the lock icon will give you more detailed information about our identity, the Certificate Authority and the certificate itself.

Why is there a credit card processing fee for my contribution?

Some websites that process charitable and educational donations add large fulfillment fees. ClassWish adds only a fee to cover our cost of processing the credit card payment: just 2.9% and 30 cents per transaction. For donations made to teacher Wish Lists, the amount of the processing fee will be included in your donation amount displayed at checkout and included in your receipt. For donations made to School Needs and write-in teacher donations, we will deduct the fee before crediting the amount to the Educators.

Can I set up a recurring contribution to the educator of my choice?

Not at this time. We hope to offer recurring contributions in the future.

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes. ClassWish is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to donors who are United States taxpayers.

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes, we will email you a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution. If you do not receive a receipt from us within a few hours, please check your spam folder. If it's not there, please contact us by email at feedback@classwish.org to confirm that we received your contribution. We will try to get back to you by the next business day.

Will my employer match my contributions to ClassWish?

Many companies match employee contributions, and this is a wonderful way to double your impact! Also, many companies favor contributions to educational nonprofits. Be sure to ask your company whether they match contributions; their policy on what types of contributions they match; and their limits on matching. If your company will match your donation, submit your ClassWish receipt and whatever form they require. If they match your contribution, the funds will be credited to the same Wish List (but not necessarily the same items) as you originally supported.

Will the educator know I contributed?

Educators can see the date and amount of contributions. If you donate, you are welcome to notify the teacher.

Does ClassWish give the educators money or the supplies?

We send educators supplies, not money.

Educators can visit the site at any time to see how much has been contributed toward their Wish List.

We all know that educators need flexibility in meeting the needs of their students, so we permit them to make adjustments and request that ClassWish use the money contributed toward their Wish List to purchase any items they require, even if those items are not already on their Wish List or are not the ones suggested by the contributors.

After receiving an educator request, ClassWish will order items from our vendor partners and deduct the amount shown for the items plus shipping and tax from the balance of the Educator's Wish List. We instruct our vendors to ship all supplies directly to the school

How long does it take for the educator to receive supplies after I make a contribution?

Educators can see your contribution as soon as it is made. As soon as they want, they can request that ClassWish purchase the items they need. ClassWish orders the items and has them delivered to their school. Items are typically sent by UPS, which takes just a few days. Larger items are sent by truck, which will typically take longer.

Who owns the supplies ClassWish provides?

All items ClassWish provides are contributions to the school or nonprofit to which they are shipped.

Can I contribute the supplies listed on an educator's Wish List instead of making an online contribution?

ClassWish is not able to handle contributions of materials. If you have items to donate, we encourage you to contact an educator, school or nonprofit organization in your community that might be able to use them.

Can I contact the educator that I support or visit the classroom?

ClassWish does not facilitate classroom visits. If you would like to become more involved with your local school, we recommend that you contact an educator, the principal, or the PTA/PTO about your interest.

Spreading the Word

How can I spread the word about ClassWish?

Our customizable emails, printable flyers, and banners ads make it easy to:

*Capture more resources for your classroom and school. Just get the word out to friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and local businesses.

*Spread the word within your school. Be sure that everyone in your school knows about ClassWish: parents, teachers, the principal, and the PTA/PTO.

*Spread the word to other schools by telling educators and parents you know.

Use your imagination, and let us know what worked for you!

Privacy and Security

Is my online donation secure?

ClassWish.org uses an SSL certificate signed by a Certificate Authority (GoDaddy) for security on the page that accepts your credit card information. You can check the security of this page by looking for a locked padlock icon, usually found in the Address Bar or Status Bar of your browser. When that lock is secure, and the web address starts with "https", your information is protected. Clicking on the lock icon will give you more detailed information about our identity, the Certificate Authority and the certificate itself.

For added security, ClassWish.org does not store any part of the credit card number used for your donation.

Does ClassWish share my information?

No! We take your privacy very seriously. We will never sell or share your personal information without your explicit consent. We password protect all pages that have your private information, including address and order history. Please see our Privacy Policy.

How do I prevent ClassWish emails from appearing in my spam folder?

To make sure that you receive contribution receipts and other important emails from ClassWish, please add the classwish.org domain to your address book or "safe senders" list in your email program.

ClassWish Eligibility Requirements

ClassWish invites leaders of FIRST Robotics teams and also invites teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, part-time after school teachers, staff developers, librarians, guidance counselors, school nurses, coaches, principals, administrators, other school employees directly serving students in an educational capacity, and officers acting on behalf of school Parent Teacher Association units recognized by the National Parent Teacher Association and on behalf of other parent teacher organizations (collectively, “Educators”) in K-12, public, magnet and charter schools, and private and parochial that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and that are in the 50 states or the District of Columbia (collectively, “Allowed Schools”) to create wish lists (“Wish Lists”) indicating the supplies and equipment they need for their students to excel and to submit requests (“Requests”) for ClassWish to provide particular items funded by contributions to such Wish Lists.

Funded Requests cannot be transferred to another Educator.

In order to register on ClassWish.org and create Wish Lists and Requests, you must attest to the following:

  • I confirm that I am a leader of a FIRST Robotics team or am an Educator in an Allowed School, as those terms are defined above;
  • The activities for which I intend to use any items received through ClassWish are legal and fall within the standards of my state and/or local board or department of education, and the policies of my school or, in the case of FIRST Robotics team leaders, fall within the standards of FIRST Robotics;
  • All information I provide to ClassWish is accurate, and I will promptly update the information to keep it accurate;
  • Any Requests I submit and any funding or items I receive are solely for use in my classroom and/or school, or in the case of FIRST Robotics team leaders are solely for use by my FIRST team, and any items I request through ClassWish will not be for my or anyone else’s personal use;
  • I agree that any items provided to me by ClassWish shall become and remain the property of (i) the school to which ClassWish has them delivered, and I will not take such items to another school, or (ii) in the case of a FIRST Robotics team such items provided to me by ClassWish or purchased with funds provided to me by ClassWish shall become and remain the property of the FIRST Robotics team or, if such is dissolved, shall become the property of FIRST Robotics.
  • I commit to including in my Wish Lists and Requests only items that will benefit my students’ education, including extracurricular activities, and to use any items that I receive from ClassWish only for such purposes.
  • I agree that in the event that ClassWish determines that any items I received through ClassWish are not being used in accordance with these Eligibility Requirements, I will return such items to ClassWish at my expense. In the case of FIRST teams, ClassWish may rely on the determination of FIRST Robotics in this regard.

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