NEW YORK, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Burlington Stores, a national off-price retailer, teamed up with DonorsChoose.org from May 1st through June 11th and raised just more than $852,000 to help classrooms in need nationwide through customer donations at checkout. This money will now be used to support local teachers and students throughout the country, as according to a survey by the National School Supply and Equipment Association, public school teachers spend $1.6 billion out of pocket each year for supplies and gear for their classrooms.
DonorsChoose.org is an online national non-profit organization that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. U.S. public school teachers use the crowdfunding platform to request resources for a classroom project. Project needs range from basic supplies like pencils, markers, and paper, to more substantial requests like lab equipment, books, musical instruments and technology. Once a project reaches its funding goal, DonorsChoose.org sends the materials to the school.
"We are deeply thankful for Burlington Stores' support in raising awareness and funds through its customers to help thousands of students nationwide," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "It's exciting that we're able to reach so many students and teachers through these generous efforts."
"One of the core values for us at Burlington is giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and I am thankful to our caring customers and associates nationwide that have helped to make this partnership a success, allowing students to have the tools and experiences needed for a great education," said Tom Kingsbury, chairman and CEO of Burlington Stores.
About Burlington Stores Burlington is a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off other retailers' prices every day. Departments include ladies' dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories, menswear, family footwear and children's clothing. It also includes an assortment of furniture and accessories for baby at Baby Depot, home décor and gifts, along with the largest selection of coats in the nation for the entire family. Burlington has 567 stores in 45 States and Puerto Rico. For more, visit www.BurlingtonStores.com.
About DonorsChoose.org Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at over half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 2 million people have donated over $425 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 18 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.