Inspirus Donates More Than $30,000 in Classroom Supplies to Spokane-Area Schools

Surprise donation supported projects and classroom supplies through DonorsChoose.org.

Inspirus Credit Union (Seattle, WA) recently announced a donation of $30,944 to Spokane-area classrooms today in a surprise 100 percent “flash fund” of teachers’ school-supply requests posted on the crowd funding site, DonorsChoose.org.

2,943 students and 34 teachers benefited from Inspirus’s donation. Suzanne Savall, Principal at Otis Orchards Elementary School said, “It means so much to us to have businesses that actually take care of our schools for the requests that we need to help our precious students succeed.” Six teachers at Otis Orchard had projects fully-funded.

Teachers nationwide can use DonorsChoose.org to post funding requests for unmet classroom needs, including calculators, microscopes, new desks and chairs, and field trip experiences.

DonorsChoose.org is an online crowd funding site where teachers can post their classroom needs. Donors, like Inspirus, can go online, choose a project to donate to, and fund the project.”

Last year, Inspirus donated more than $70,000 to Washington teachers through DonorsChoose.org.

“We’re passionate about education and giving back to the education community,” said Vice President of Marketing, Sherry Lotze. “Considering that many of our employees are former school teachers, we understand how difficult it can be for teachers to get the classroom supplies they need,” said Lotze. “This kind of giveback goes to the heart of our mission.”

Each year, teachers across the country spend an average of $400 out of their own pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms, according to Forbes.

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Inspirus Credit Union plans more random 100 percent flash funds of Donorschoose.org requests in cities throughout the state.

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