Charles Best – Founder and CEO, Donors Choose
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Charles Best Keynote Topics:
- Big Data
- Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges
Charles Best Biography:
Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support.
Best launched the organization thirteen years ago out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. Today, half of all the public schools in America have at least one teacher who has created a project request on DonorsChoose.org, and more than a million people have donated $200 million to classroom projects reaching 10 million students.
DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “Ultimate Favorite Things” and was named by Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World,” the first time a charity has received this recognition. Last spring, Vanity Fair featured an Annie Liebovitz spread on DonorsChoose.org, written by Melinda Gates.
For three years, FORTUNE magazine has named Best to its “40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.” In 2013, he received the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, which honors young Americans who are changing their communities—and the country—with their commitment to public service. (Past recipients include Wendy Kopp and Cory Booker.)
Best graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College in 1998.
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