Responsibly improves the state of education through the application of technology. We work alongside educational organizations, helping them incorporate best practices and develop sustainable fundraising strategies. Our partner organizations are leading industry wide change within our nation’s educational system. Our mission is to help them close their annual fundraising gaps so they can focus on what’s really important–providing the materials and resources that teachers need to engage their students and educate future generations.
In April of 2011 we traveled 10,000 miles, visited 15 schools, and spoke with more than 50 educators nationwide in what we called the “Educate Responsibly Tour”. We did this in a 72 passenger, 1978 yellow school bus that we converted into our mobile office and sleeping quarters. In one month we drove from Los Angeles to New York and back speaking with educators, students, parents and school administrators in charter schools, home schools and public schools ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Responsibly is the result of this insightful, thought provoking and life changing journey.
The “Educate Responsibly Tour” provided a tremendous amount of insight into the problems within education. We listened to hundreds of teachers share their story, and quickly identified a common theme. Each story emphasized the sacrifice they made to cover classroom projects and activities with their students. Over and over again teachers spoke of the importance of educational experiences–engaging science experiments, field trips, arts programs and projects with a strong emphasis on technology–as the missing components in their classrooms.
To date, Responsibly.com, has helped teachers raise over $25k for educational experiences all across the nation. MS. Sandy Russell from Futuro College Prep, took her students to the Los Angeles Zoo and on a wildlife hiking day-trip to Franklin Canyon. Ms. Naima Otero, college counselor at Animo OScar De La Hoya, took the entire senior class to Claremont McKenna College where they were exposed to college life. Mr. Hunter Jackson, Teach for America teacher in New Orleans, showed his students that learning can be both fun and educational through a 2-day volcano project.
Responsibly of the future aims to be a technological platform that puts schools at the center of our communities. This technology platform will serve as a fundraising solution that is flexible enough to work with students, teachers, administrators, and parents. By connecting the dots between individuals, businesses’ and government, self-sustainable communities can grow and prosper.