Online Charity Relocates in Midtown
Gus Delaporte July 5, 2013, 7:45 a.m.
DonorsChoose.org has signed a 10-year lease for the entire 10,000-square-foot 11th floor at 134 West 37th Street, The Commercial Observer has learned. Touted by Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert, the charity will relocate from nearby 213 West 35th Street.
DonorsChoose.org allows public school teachers across the country to post classroom project requests online. Donors are able to view each request and make donations online and once the funding goal is reached, DonorsChoose.org sends materials to the school.
Since its founding in 2000, DonorsChoose.org has provided $105 million to classroom projects. Currently, there are over 600 projects in New York City requesting funding and nearly 13,000 across the country. In the past, a collective donation of $173 dollars helped to fund the purchase of 15 copies of To Kill a Mockingbird for an eighth grade class in the Bronx.
The online charity’s board of directors includes Mr. Colbert, Jeff Weiner, chief executive officer of LinkedIn, and Fred Wilson, managing partner of Union Square Ventures. In 2010, Ms. Winfrey included DonorsChoose.org on her annual “Favorite Things” list.
The tenant was represented by Sam Seiler and Ed Goldman of CBRE. Thomas Campenni of the Thomas F. Campenni Company represented the landlord, 134 West 37th Street LLC.
The brokers representing the tenant could not immediately be reached for comment.