Join the Campaign to Teach People’s History

Unlike many education organizations, the Zinn Education Project (a project of Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) receives no corporate donations. We depend on individual donors and family foundations —   and a lot of volunteers.

In order to sustain and grow this effort to help students learn the bottom-up history of the United States, we need YOUR help to reach more individual donors. Personal requests to contribute are always the most effective, and the more people we can reach, the better.

Please join our team that is reaching out to their friends and family to contribute. You can help us reach more students with people’s history lessons by expanding our base of individual donors. See below for sample language, images, and tips for your campaign.

Tips for Your Outreach

  • Include this link in all your outreach:
  • Use text and graphics in your message, including any or all of the images below.
  • If you share social media, consider tagging people so they will be alerted to the opportunity for giving.
  • All donations to the Zinn Education Project are tax deductible. The Zinn Education Project is coordinated by Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools. Teaching for Change, Federal Tax ID #52-161648, receives the donations on behalf of the project.
  • You can create a Facebook fundraising campaign for ZEP — Teaching for Change receives the donations on behalf of the project. View instructions for setting up a ZEP Facebook fundraiser.
  • All donations for Giving Tuesday will be matched up to $10,000 thanks to the generous support of Dave Colapinto, a former student of Howard Zinn’s at Boston University who defends the rights of whistleblowers. If you decide to start your outreach this week, it will still count.

Sample Language

Copy, edit, or use as an inspiration for your own personal note. You can see more examples from our Giving Tuesday campaigns in 2017 and 2018.

Help more children learn people’s history in 2020. Please join me on this #GivingTuesday with a donation to the Zinn Education Project. A generous donor has agreed to match all gifts up to $10,000. More than 100,000 teachers have registered to use the free people’s history lessons at the Zinn Education Project website. With your support, even more students can learn the bottom-up history of the U.S. in 2020. Donate now:

Do you wish more people knew people’s history? The Zinn Education Project provides free lessons on people’s history for middle and high school teachers across the country. More than 100,000 have registered to download and use these lessons, impacting 1,000,000+ students. Please help reach even more teachers and students in 2020. Join me in making a donation today:

Were you an adult when you first read Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”? Do you wish it had been sooner? You can help make sure young people today learn people’s history in middle and high school.  To date, more than 100,000 teachers have accessed people’s history lessons from the Zinn Education Project website. Join me on this #GivingTuesday and donate now: (All donations up to $10,000 will be doubled thanks to a generous donor.)


Here are some images you can add to your campaign, or feel free to choose your own.