Forefront & LEAP Innovations: Funders Meet and Greet with

Monday, August 27, 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm CDT
Forefront Library
208 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago IL 60604
This event is open to: 

Education Grantmaker Members of Forefront.

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This is a complimentary event.
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Forefront and LEAP Innovations invite Forefront’s grantmaking members to a Funders Meet and Greet with Charles Best, CEO, and Founder of This is a special opportunity to hear from and talk with Charles about his vision to equitably support teachers and students through crowdfunding, one classroom at a time. Charles and have revolutionized philanthropy for education, creatively building unique partnerships with corporations, foundations, and individuals.

In 2000, Charles Best, then a history teacher at a Bronx public high school, wanted his students to read Little House on the Prairie. As he was making photocopies of the one book he could procure, Charles thought about all the money he and his colleagues were spending on books, art supplies, and other materials. He figured there were people out there who would want to help — if they could see where their money was going. Charles sketched out a website where teachers could post classroom project requests, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to support. His colleagues posted the first 11 requests. Then it spread. Today, they have sourced donations from more than 3 million citizens and served 79% of the public schools in America.