The Grant Marks the Latest Contribution from the Player Trust’s Ongoing COVID-19 Relief Program
NEW YORK, May 5, 2020 — The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced a partnership with DonorsChoose to support teachers and their students who have been impacted by school closures as a result of COVID-19.
Founded by a New York City based teacher, DonorsChoose has established a platform that enables public school teachers to specify projects that require funding while allowing donors to give directly to those projects. For the last 15 years, DonorsChoose has been given Charity Navigator’s highest rating and now boasts nearly $1 billion in total project funding.
The partnership with DonorsChoose is designed to complement the broader Players Trust’s COVID-19 Relief efforts all while amplifying the contributions made by major leaguers around the globe in support of causes and organizations that are important to them.
Funds will be used to support Distance Learning Projects, a new project type created by DonorsChoose in response to COVID-19 school closures. Distance Learning Projects allow teachers to request resources to help facilitate a better learning experience while students remain at home and have those teaching materials shipped to an address of their choosing.
“Thank you to all the teachers out there helping so many kids during this unprecedented and extremely tough time,” said Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals. “A lot of us parents are realizing first-hand how hard your job is and how great you all are doing! Thank you for taking care and educating our kids and doing it with a positive attitude even in the midst of this struggle.”
“During this time when those of us who have kids have become pseudo-teachers, the efforts of our children’s schoolteachers have not gone forgotten,” said third baseman for the San Francisco Giants Evan Longoria. “We now understand more than ever how important these men and women are and are so thankful for them.”
“As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re so grateful for the support of MLB players and the Players Trust,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose. “By giving to Distance Learning Projects, they’ll help teachers to get important resources to keep their students learning while schools remain closed.”
DonorsChoose is the leading way to give to public schools. Since 2000, more than 4.2 million people and partners have contributed $950 million to support 1.6 million teacher requests for classroom resources and experiences. As the most trusted crowdfunding platform for teachers, donors, and district administrators alike, DonorsChoose vets each request, ships the funded resources directly to the classroom, and provides thank yous and reporting to donors and school leaders. Charity Navigator and GuideStar have awarded DonorsChoose, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, their highest ratings for transparency and accountability. For more information, visit www.donorschoose.org.
About The Players Trust:
Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes. Each year the Players Trust distributes more than $1.5 million in annual grants and programs. For additional information, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org. Follow the Trust on Twitter (@MLBPlayersTrust) and Instagram (@mlbplayerstrust).