Last year, Stephen Colbert gave back to his home state by funding nearly $800,000 worth of projects in South Carolina public schools via Donorschoose.org.
Almost a year down the lane, the Late Show host’s initiative has grown into a giant “flash-fundraiser” in which 58 celebrities, athletes and business entrepreneurs have taken part.
For instance, Anna Kendrick and an anonymous donor funded 74 different requests for schools in Maine. Samuel Jackson and Ashton Kutcher also made pledges on social media.
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark also participated in the program.
“I'm a huge fan of these ‘self-organizing communities,’ which in a flash can make stuff happen. Real, sustainable connections make a difference in changing people's lives. We have the tools to help make it the #BestSchoolDay every day,” Newmark wrote in an opinion piece for NJ.com.
The impact has been huge. CBS News reports approximately $14 million was raised for more than “11,000 projects across 47 states and D.C.”
"#BestSchoolDay is probably the best thing I've ever been involved in," the comedian told CBS This Morning on Thursday. "It's my favorite charity because teachers in classrooms all around the country can put up any project they want to teach their children or help their kids with but they don't have the funds for."
Over 17.5 million kids in the U.S. have benefited from Donorschoose.org alone. For more information, watch the video below: