Every year, Engage for Good Halo Awards puts out a call for companies and nonprofits to submit their best-in-class cause marketing campaigns, and awards “initiatives in which brand purpose and social impact intersect to help build a better world and the bottom line.” We’re thrilled to share that, for the fifth year in a row, DonorsChoose partners have been honored by Engage for Good.
Our partnership with Samsung Solve for Tomorrow received the Silver Halo Award in Education!
Aligned with Samsung’s guiding vision of ‘Together for Tomorrow! Enabling People’, Solve for Tomorrow encourages innovative thinking, creative problem-solving, and teamwork. Through the competition, teachers and students across the country are invited to pitch their ideas for improving their community through STEM innovation. Because of COVID-19, both the DonorsChoose and Samsung teams worked together to pivot the program, allowing for digital participation and accommodating the shifting needs of schools responding to the pandemic.
“The DonorsChoose and Samsung Solve for Tomorrow campaign stood out to us this year because of the true sense of partnership and collaboration between the two organizations. We see this as an excellent example of how companies and nonprofits can work together to accomplish a shared goal by leaning into their individual strengths and areas of expertise. We also love what Samsung Solve for Tomorrow stands for. It is an excellent way to encourage and empower teachers and students to solve real-life problems in their communities while engaging in active STEM learning.” – David Hessekiel, President Engage for Good.
In addition to engaging 2,000 teachers and nearly 40,000 students in this one-of-a-kind project-based learning competition, Solve for Tomorrow was able to serve as a bastion for normalcy and joyful engagement for students and teachers alike.
Thanks to Samsung, during the 2019-2020 school year, 250 teachers received a combined $2.5 million in Samsung and other classroom resources, which proved especially vital during COVID. As one teacher shared, “We have about 50% of our students who do not have a computer at home even though we have close to 95% with internet access. We are able to check out Chromebooks to use at home because of the number of Chromebooks we’ve received from Samsung in the 3 previous times we were state winners.”