DonorsChoose is an amazing site created by former educators. The site allows educators to create projects specifically for their classroom and student needs. The project process begins with the educator presenting background information about their school, their students and their needs. The educator shops for the materials they are requesting and activates the project. Then its up to the donors to do their part. Donors go to the website and donate to whatever project they are interested in being part of. After the project is fulfilled, teachers and their students write thank you notes to their donors as well as take pictures of how they are using their donation. It connects people in need with people who are willing to give.
This is a resource that I am familiar with and have used. I have been successful with it and am so thankful that something like this exists.