The Burke Foundation will make a one-time gift to DonorsChoose.org to fund all of the open requests listed by Milwaukee Public School teachers as of December 15, 2015. DonorsChoose.org is a web-based platform that allows teachers to post their wish lists for teaching materials, and connects them to individuals and organizations that help fund their requests. Requested items listed by Milwaukee teachers included projectors, microscopes, sporting equipment, room dividers, whiteboards, and supplementary curriculum, among others.
“Milwaukee teachers work incredibly hard every day to make a difference in the lives of young people in our city. We want to do something to directly support them.” said Kathy Burke, Burke Foundation Board Director and Dick Burke’s daughter. “We hope that this gift will inspire others to consider helping teachers through the DonorsChoose.org platform in the future.” The total of all Milwaukee projects listed on the site on December 15, 2015 was $40,457.