Adam Lambert Fans Donate 229K To DonorsChoose.Org

DonorsChoose.org released figures from the fan fundraiser spearheaded by Adam Lambert. The news is good… (via Market Newswire)

Online education charity DonorsChoose.org announced today that fans of Adam Lambert, “American Idol’s” eighth season runner-up, donated $229, 000 as part of a challenge launched by the star to support high-need public school classrooms nationwide. In just four weeks, 1, 956 fans contributed directly to music and arts-based, classroom project requests submitted by teachers at DonorsChoose.org, providing learning resources and supplies for more than 87, 775 students.

Congratulations to ONTD_AI for taking first place. Their total contribution was $82, 700, winning the opportunity to chat with Adam one on one.

Says Adam, “I am unbelievably moved by the generosity and resolve of my fans, who have donated beyond what I could have ever expected to help students around the country. Although I was on tour during the length of the competition, I frequently checked in on the challenge progress and was so amazed to see the number of donors and total amount donated continue to rise and rise.”

Congrats to the rest of the groups, as well, for raising an impressive amount of money for a great cause.

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69 Comments

  1. I hope people continue to give to such a great cause even though the contest is officially over. Even so, how wonderful for the students and teachers on the receiving end. Nice job, Adam! :)

  2. Nice job Adam fans. And kudos to Adam for chosing such a worthy and worthwhile charity. This impact will continue, and that is just so heartwarming. Great job by all involved. I hope this charity will continue to be remembered even now that the contest is over.

  3. Great news and congratulations to all the teams involved!

    ETA: I hope people will keep this charity in mind as well and maybe Adam will continue to plug it from time to time. I know I will continue to donate to them when I can.

  4. My hope is that Adam continues to talk about Donors Choose. I know I had never heard of it until I read about Adam’s participation. My sister, who is a teacher, had never heard of it. As she teaches in an under-funded, inner-city school, she was pretty excited to learn about it. If Adam becomes a success in the music biz, it would be great if he used his fame to promote this.

  5. That’s terrific news, and I agree, Zsus. I don’t know if this has ever been done before, i.e., an Idol has sponsored a charity b/f his/her album has been released, but I am really thrilled for the organization, Adam’s fans, and Adam.

  6. I feel bad for the person who donated $82, 699…they’ll never live that down.

  7. Good for Adam.

    As for his possibly being the first — Well, not exactly the same thing, of course, but Elliott was named a national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation before his first album came out. He worked a lot for them and various other diabetes groups, traveling to DC, NY, and various other places to advocate, visit kids with diabetes, fundraise, and so on, in the 2006-2007 time period between his Idol year and when his first album came out in March 2007. And that was while he was struggling to put out a successful indie album — tough work. Of course, Elliott’s diabetic himself, so he had an extra reason to work for this cause.

    I don’t remember others specifically, but I do think that at least a few others besides Adam and Elliott have pursued charity and advocacy stuff before their albums were finished. Well, yeah, poor sweet Ace — he’s done more charity than he’s done recording, really, I think!

    Oops — forgot Danny!

  8. Now THIS is such a good thing! All the crazy fans and all the crazy antics that go on drive me nuts!!! But this????? I love this!!! Way to go Adam and all your fans that participated!!!!! WOW!

  9. Yeah, I think it was such a great move of Adam’s to have people donate here rather than to waste money on silly gifts. Sorry, but the guy doesn’t need an inflatable kangaroo. THIS, however, is channeling people’s generosity to an actual good cause. :-)

  10. I feel bad for the person who donated $82, 699′ ¦they’ll never live that down.

    …that was a group of almost 1000 people, not one person.

  11. There were so many touching letters and emails from teachers whose projects were funded from donations through Adam. One recent one said she wrote a proposal to Donorschoose requesting about $14,000 for her music program. From May to August, about $2000 were donated. In August (after Adam announced his charity of choice), she noticed that in less than a week period the remainder had been fully funded. I don’t think she even knew who Adam was, but he really made an impact on her when she found out who was responsible.

    Kudos to Adam and his fans.

  12. I feel bad for the person who donated $82, 699′ ¦they’ll never live that down.

    ‘ ¦that was a group of almost 1000 people, not one person.

    I don’t understand the purpose of the original comment.

  13. The letters from the teachers were sweet, especially when they were address to you ( meaning those who donated)

  14. This is truly amazing.

    I think the concept of Donors Choose is just brilliant. Being able to see what your donation will accomplish makes you feel like you’ve made a small difference. Naturally that makes you want to donate more. They also seem to have a high level of transparency for a charity, and that makes me feel secure that my money won’t be wasted.

  15. Nice! I knew the number was going to be impressive. This is fabulous, fantastic wonderfulness. And it all happened in 30 days! I do hope he continues to plug this charity. My partner is an art teacher and every year, funding is threatened. In Medford, OR, where my sister lives, public schools there have cut all “extras” like music, art and drama. They just can’t afford it! So sad. So this is just so necessary right now. Kids do so much better academically when given a creative outlet.

  16. Congrats to all. This was so heartwarming both in terms of all the kids it helped and how the love felt for Adam translated into the remarkable extent of its success.

    The robust music and arts programs in my public school was such a large part of what shaped my early life. Its frustrated me to see how many of those programs have been thrown out the door en masse over the last 10+ years. Now a lot of kids who would never gotten the opportunity to enjoy and learn art and music otherwise are finally getting the chance they deserve.

  17. One recent one said she wrote a proposal to Donorschoose requesting about $14,000 for her music program. From May to August, about $2000 were donated. In August (after Adam announced his charity of choice), she noticed that in less than a week period the remainder had been fully funded.

    that was the one, around the end of August, that all the fan groups combined to support. There was a newspaper article about it too.

    http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/south_king/ken/news/59952792.html

  18. I received some thank you cards from the kids in one project I supported the other day. Absolutely amazing feeling to have direct contact with the people your donation helped.

    I’ve seen some Donors Choose commercials on TV lately – one with Sidney Portier. They should have Adam do one.

  19. I received some thank you cards from the kids in one project I supported the other day. Absolutely amazing feeling to have direct contact with the people your donation helped.

    I’ve seen some Donors Choose commercials on TV lately ‘“ one with Sidney Portier. They should have Adam do one.

    Oh, absolutely! That would be awesome! And I too hope he keeps vocally supporting the organization.

  20. Congratulations to Adam and all his fans. So many creative ‘minds’ are being helped to explore their potential. And I’m sure fans will continue to give to ‘DonorsChoose’ whenever they can. It’s so good to see this type of ‘postivie energy’ being used to help the kids!

  21. austinmidwife: In Medford, OR, where my sister lives, public schools there have cut all ‘extras’  like music, art and drama. They just can’t afford it! So sad. So this is just so necessary right now. Kids do so much better academically when given a creative outlet.

    That “extras” statement inevitably pisses me off. Look, I’m a science geek. Its what I do for a living. However, even now (let alone in grade school) I can’t bear to sit through a steady diet of idiot math problems and writing assignments. I may have wound up in a technical field, but music is what keeps me going. School is where I learned to play instruments – something I’ve maintained my entire life. I may not be a *good* artist or singer. But I still enjoy both drawing and singing. And – hell – the techniques I learned in art class gets used to this day when I design figures for technical reports. So, no I don’t consider art or music to be “extras” – I consider those fields to have augmented my education and persona with equal validity as reading and math.

    So yea to donorschoose.org and to Adam for doing their best in this asinine educational environment to give kids’ arts education a chance.

  22. I love that he chose this charity. I contributed to several projects and received an awesome thank you from the teacher:

    Dear (CindyM)
    I can’t fully express my joy, excitement, and gratitude for your donation to my project. It is wonderful that you share my vision for exposing our children to great works of art, and then creating their own.
    At its simplest, an opera is a story told with singing. The projector you have funded will not only help the students to write their own story and songs, but will enable them to participate collectively in this effort. Working with others to create a final product is a life skill. You have facilitated this.
    In between writing this grant and today, I saw this video:
    How to make your own Interactive Smart Board
    http://www.ted.com/talks/johnny_lee_demos_wii_remote_hacks.html
    In addition to writing an opera, I am ready to make this projector into an interactive “smart” board. I found a projector screen at our district’s surplus warehouse, and downloaded the necessary software. After our projector comes in (Nov 20, 2009) I wil upload video of our students using this to http://www.teachertube.com. Be ready for a link.
    With gratitude,
    Mr. V.

    It’s cool to see the impact you have helped make. I’m thankful to Adam for cluing me into this charity, I plan to continue to contribute to it in the future. I like how you can choose the projects you want to fund and search for projects by state, in case you want your impact to be felt more locally.

    Yay to the charity, to Adam, the fans and especially the children who will be affected!!

  23. I,too, hope that people will continue to donate. And it doesn’t have to be just Adam fans. It is so satisfying and rewarding to pick a project you would like to contribute to and actually see and watch the progress of it being funded. And when you see fully funded it is so heartwarming to imagine of the joy on the teachers faces and the students that it brings a tear to the eyes :’)

  24. So, no I don’t consider art or music to be ‘extras’  ‘“ I consider those fields to have augmented my education and persona with equal validity as reading and math.”

    HSM, I don’t either!! Music and art are absolutely crucial to the development of critical thinking skills. Studies have shown that artistic pursuits and music actually increase math and science development in young people b/c of the way these subjects engage the brain.

    I’m totally psyched to see serious money funding these subjects as they are so very, very important. I just wish school administrators and bean counters would take all this information into consideration before they start doing away with subjects that do not directly refer to reading, writing, math or science. I think most of the motivation to cut funding from music, art and drama comes back how much importance is placed on standardized testing and recent serious budget cuts in many public school systems. What they don’t seem to fully understand, however, is how much these subjects help students with those tests.

    Yea for all those kids who will get to continue the pursuit of the arts, whatever they are!

  25. I think it was a genius move on Adam’s part to not only set up a way to have fans donate instead of giving him gifts, but also to have fan groups compete. No doubt many people joined fan groups in order to be part of the action, and groups developed cameraderie in pursuing a shared cause. It also tapped into the inevitable fangroup warring in a way that had a beneficial outcome.
    Also, considering that some of these groups (ontd_ai especially?) have lots of very young members, it’s a great way to get them involved in charitable causes and show them how great it feels to make a difference.

    So, no I don’t consider art or music to be ‘extras’  ‘“ I consider those fields to have augmented my education and persona with equal validity as reading and math

    I so agree with you, Hoppers. It’s horrible that lots of school districts cut creative arts first when the money gets tight. As a person in a science-y field who has always relied on creative writing as an outlet, I know just how important it is to nurture creativity. There’s been a lot said about how participation in sports raises kids’ self-esteem, but involvement in the arts does the same, and not every kid wants to play softball or soccer.
    Yay for Adam!

  26. Wow, that is an amazing number. Well done Adam and fans.

    It must be both daunting and exhilarating for a newly minted celebrity to realize the kind of power and influence they can have. But it’s so, so cool when they use it well.

  27. Yet, another reason to be a proud fan of Adam! Way to go to all that donated. ;-)

  28. so… poster from TWOP said Adam’s single would not debut this week accroding to reliable source :(

  29. realvivi: so’ ¦ poster from TWOP said Adam’s single would not debut this week accroding to reliable source

    LINK PLEASE!! And please move to headlines thread.

  30. Yay for the school kids but 229,000 divided by just over 1950 fans indicates there are going to be a few people running to the credit counseling agency once their credit card bills come.

    I wonder how long it will be before the different fan groups start the scrapbooking, and send Adam books with pictures and screennames of all the donors, along with the amounts they donated? No good deed goes unexploited in AI fandom…LOL

  31. I wonder how long it will be before the different fan groups start the scrapbooking, and send Adam books with pictures and screennames of all the donors, along with the amounts they donated?

    Who has time for all that???

  32. Squirrely: Who has time for all that???

    [sardonic grin] You’re even asking??

  33. Four weeks, all online, no overhead, no obsolete paper mailings, one homemade/desktop edit video from the org — it’s a case study in new media/celeb fundraising. Well done.

    The challenge for the org is to maintain those donors. But it sounds like they’re good at thank-you’s that matter.

  34. Several projects have been funded SINCE the competition ended – the ONTD_AI kids have decided that they liked giving. This was funded through some very generous people, but also through dollar drives (there were actually people collecting money from kids too young to have credit cards to give in their behalf – ONTD_AI has a lot of high school students.) I’m very proud of them.

    And they had that contest well in hand within two weeks, so they could have stopped. For that matter, the other groups could have stopped, too, when they saw they had no chance, but they didn’t and haven’t.

    Adam SHOULD be proud of his fans, but also proud of himself. There is a great deal of merit in encouraging such giving.

    Oh, and there was a scrapbook of sorts – two fans collected personal stories from individual donors plus thank you notes from the teachers and put them into a scrapbook to give to Adam. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get to see him the last concert, so they had to hand it to a guard and have no idea if the book got to him.

  35. I am so pleased with this.

    It is a create charity that I and many others were introduced to by Stephen Colbert last year. (He is now on the DonorsChoose.org Board of Directors.) His focus was South Carolina schools. I donated money to one of the projects and have been a fan of this organization ever since.

    But somehow Adam’s fans took this challenge to a different level. The videos, grassroots networking and so on, made this a far more personal experience. Plus, it really was a personal choice by Adam and in line with his commitment to arts in the schools. He even focused on this during his San Diego homecoming (Idol Top 3).

    And I can’t wait to see Adam deliver the supplies to one lucky classroom. I wonder how many moms will be at school for that one!!

  36. CSFan
    September 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Yay for the school kids but 229,000 divided by just over 1950 fans indicates there are going to be a few people running to the credit counseling agency once their credit card bills come.

    I wonder how long it will be before the different fan groups start the scrapbooking, and send Adam books with pictures and screennames of all the donors, along with the amounts they donated? No good deed goes unexploited in AI fandom’ ¦LOL

    ONTD_AI isn’t that silly. :) JS Can’t speak for the other fan groups tho
    Also, the no. of actual donors is actually a lot more because much of the money came from internally-run auctions I believe.

  37. CSFan
    People run up their line of credit for many more frivolous reasons than this. And people also hope to have their contributions recognized. Everyone does. So, why should we all be so jaded? If people want to give their money to a great cause, it gives everyone a reason to celebrate. and celebrate we will. Great deeds. and good kharma for all

  38. I have, in the past, taught adult literacy and basic mathematics. I currently test students for learning disabilities and do research in educational psychology; reading skill acquisition. So, you won’t catch me putting anything above the development of those skills. Anything. The personal and societal costs are just too great.

    That said, we throw a lot of money at basic skills programs that are poorly researched and plainly ill-conceived when that money could be used for better programs and a wider variety of programs including sport and the arts. My students with learning disabilities often have creative aptitudes (or ‘gifted-ness) and these activities can bring them joy, a feeling of accomplishment and worth and, generally, help to make their school years a little less hellish. And that can’t be underestimated either. Basic skills are necessary but they aren’t sufficient. Life is more than reading, writing and math. So, bravo to anyone who helps to take peoples lives beyond surviving and into thriving.

    Ok off soapbox now.

  39. THIS IS AWESOME!!!! 56 days.

    cool we hve an Adam tard thread .again.

    56 DAYS!!!!
    cool beans about allison’ release.I FLOVE her!!!!!

    listen,I have a friggin SHITLOAD of homework tonight.plus I’m trying to finish my hw for the whole week today so I’ll b here for most of the #AdamStorm!!!!!!!

    soooo last night my mom was *this* close to figuring out what I’ve been doing(mjsbigblog) so she litteralky jumped behind the screen while I was typing.she’s been suspicious for a few months.um,WTF?mom.okay anywy I was able to go bck to my iPod home screen b4 she saw but he noticed I was typing!!!! so I had to lie to make her go away.it WORKED!!! and I think she firgot about it.but,damn that was close!!!

    BTW dsp did you ever find thelink to those Adam pics.if ya did,could you please post them here.if not,THANK YOU SO SO SO SO SO MUCH FOR TRYING!!!!!!!

    just rememberd in addition to my hw I have piano.FML

    I’ll try to finish soooon,hoping nothing epic happens today

    should be done in like 5hourso_0

  40. so’ ¦ poster from TWOP said Adam’s single would not debut this week accroding to reliable source

    that’s what I thought…

  41. NewFan
    My students with learning disabilities often have creative aptitudes (or ‘gifted-ness) and these activities can bring them joy, a feeling of accomplishment and worth and, generally, help to make their school years a little less hellish. And that can’t be underestimated either. Basic skills are necessary but they aren’t sufficient. Life is more than reading, writing and math.

    One of the things I have loved about participating in the donorschoose.org stuff is reading some of the wonderfully creative ways that some terrific teachers are coming up with to challenge their students. I loved this one:

    “Rapping and Singing in a Math Class?
    We do both. I like to reach my 5th grade math students by using the things that excite them and the things that I’m passionate about. Music is something we can all relate to so we make songs to learn about things like divisibility, multiplication, geometry, and all the other things that might normally appear boring or stale.

    We love to create. Creating songs and videos that demonstrate our math knowledge is something the kids get really excited about and we need all the excitement and motivation we can get. The students are behind in a lot of math skills and will need to put in more effort than normal to catch up. A math recording studio would be a great tool for us.”

    Both music and math at the same time!

  42. Oh by the way. Adam’s boyfriend Drake? Is now considered “dead horse” territory. I’ll be deleting anything in this or future threads about him, unless he creates some specific news on his own.

  43. Is it wrong how much I love whenever online publications use the Good Morning America performance photo with the excellent view of Adam’s, um, glove? It cracks me up every time.

    I wonder if they know it’s a ‘bondage’ glove and are just testing the waters?

  44. NewFan: I have, in the past, taught adult literacy and basic mathematics. I currently test students for learning disabilities and do research in educational psychology; reading skill acquisition. So, you won’t catch me putting anything above the development of those skills. Anything. The personal and societal costs are just too great.

    That said, we throw a lot of money at basic skills programs that are poorly researched and plainly ill-conceived when that money could be used for better programs and a wider variety of programs including sport and the arts. My students with learning disabilities often have creative aptitudes (or ‘gifted-ness) and these activities can bring them joy, a feeling of accomplishment and worth and, generally, help to make their school years a little less hellish. And that can’t be underestimated either. Basic skills are necessary but they aren’t sufficient. Life is more than reading, writing and math. So, bravo to anyone who helps to take peoples lives beyond surviving and into thriving.

    Ok off soapbox now.

    NewFan, please stay on that soapbox!

    Children learn in many different ways and music, visual arts and drama are a great way to help them learn basic skills and engage them in school. The links between arts participation and academic performance is “basic skills” are well researched. Now we are just beginning to understant the essential link between creative expression and innovation. And IMO the 21st century will be all about innovation. So, a few children will grow up and be able to pursue profession arts careers. But many more will be able to apply creative thinking, problem solving and self-expression skills throughout their careers.

    For LD children, the arts and sports are often even more important to building self-esteem and a sense of self-worth. I come from a family loaded with LD kids and adults, and have worked with LD adults (specifically severe dyslexics) for many years. Many of these adults have IQ’s over 140 but barely graduated (or didn’t graduate) from High School. And many only stayed in school because they excelled in areas where their reading challenges didn’t interfer with their success — arts, sports, public speaking and so on.

  45. Soverymel

    It really is a great program isn’t it; in a very many ways. I was thrilled to see that Adam had chosen something so brilliant.

    Q3: you know whereof you speak … !!!!!

    meeting now… see you all later…

  46. Is it wrong how much I love whenever online publications use the Good Morning America performance photo with the excellent view of Adam’s, um, glove? It cracks me up every time.

    Adam was movie star gorgeous at the GMA’s.

    Thank you teachers and others on this board who explain the importance of creative arts in schools.

  47. Perhaps in some future concert(s), Adam will donate part of the proceedings to donorschoose.

  48. ONTD_AI isn’t that silly. JS Can’t speak for the other fan groups tho
    Also, the no. of actual donors is actually a lot more because much of the money came from internally-run auctions I believe.

    This is definitely true. There were tons of dollar-donation auctions, auctioning of fan art, fiction, etc. They collected that money and contributed it in one total. So, the individual givers probably totaled alot more than that listed.

  49. soooo last night my mom was *this* close to figuring out what I’ve been doing(mjsbigblog) so she litteralky jumped behind the screen while I was typing.she’s been suspicious for a few months.um,WTF?mom.okay anywy I was able to go bck to my iPod home screen b4 she saw but he noticed I was typing!!!! so I had to lie to make her go away.it WORKED!!! and I think she firgot about it.but,damn that was close!!!

    Besides being off topic, lying to mom isn’t really something to brag about. Ironic considering the topic is the financial help Adam fans gave to school kids.

  50. I wonder how many moms will be at school for that one!!

    So, true, Q3. And Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, Third Cousins, and not a few Grandmothers. (And all of the substitute teachers.) Hope they choose a school with good security. And make it a “surprise visit”. And don’t announce in advance. And just have good video/photo coverage. So the big “push” comes after. Not during.

  51. I spent many years working with abused children and teens. I often thought that if they could just find a creative outlet it would help them so much but those outlets just weren’t there due to budget constraints. Kids, especially angry kids, need an outlet. I love this program and hope it continues to provide support to the schools that need it. Thanks to the Adam fans for contributing and Adam for the gentle nudge.

  52. Just another 2 cents and personal view on Q3 and NewFan‘s posts about different ways of learning:

    My family has a lot of very intelligent folk in it, but there’s a lot of dyslexia and some of us have NO innate memory skills. Pretty much everything I needed to know for biology I memorized by setting to music. I learned fractions from piano notation, not from stupid class drills. My dad taught me how to estimate distances and understand physics by pictorial visualization. To this day, I have to draw scientific concepts to understand them. Presentations, new research proposals, and reports *start* with my crappy artwork. If I can’t put a concept into pictures, all the equations and math in the world won’t pull it together. It’s just the way my brain works [shrug], but its been pretty successful for me. :grin:

    Hence my reasoning for why music and art is as important as science and math. For me, at least, the fields feedback upon each other and I need both the left and right brain input to be successful. Probably TMI, but its why I’m such a proponent of the arts in school.

  53. Oh for pity’s sake, luv

    Just let her find out already. She’s probably freaking out that you’re trying to blow up buildings or getting tips on how to encourage anorexia. Adam Lambert fanaticism is probably something she could deal with. Particularly since you’re a mascot around here and all…

    [grins] And THEN we could properly invite you the Zodiac party if the documentary ever comes to DC!

    (depending on final rating and parental permission, of course! Most of us here are parents too, remember, and if you were mine and snuck out to a party without telling me first – particularly at your age – your butt would be kicked into next week!)

  54. That’s a lot of money. This shows a bit about the purchasing power of Adam’s fans/fangroups. They could do a massive push for Adam’s album, which, I guess, they’re dong right now.

  55. DonorsChoose was a great choice! I was impressed with their website and how they made sure that monies donated were actually used to purchase what the teacher requested.

    ‘Way to go Adam and Adam fans!!!

  56. He looks kinda like David Navarro. Not a bad thing, if you ask me.

  57. He looks kinda like David Navarro. Not a bad thing, if you ask me.

    If Dave Navarro and Richard Grieco had a love child, this is what he’d look like. Throw in just a dash of Depp – only studlier! (I wonder if that’s an insult to Depp, to be less studly than a gay guy… oh, well, that’s his problem…).

  58. I juust saw Adam in the Donor’s Choice vid. So much for the facial hair being a weekend disguise. I guess I’ll have to learn to live with it. Not willingly, of course.

    clearone, I could use your company about now.

    And is that taped in Adam’s new apartment? It could be a hotel room but it has the echo of an empty apartment.

  59. It was mentioned above that some may have put their donations on credit cards. Those donations would not be tax deductible unless the credit card charge was paid by the end of the year. Individuals (as opposed to corps) are cash-basis taxpayers. Which means you can only get a deduction for that which you have actually paid.

    Did I just bore you to death? lol.

  60. I juust saw Adam in the Donor’s Choice vid. So much for the facial hair being a weekend disguise. I guess I’ll have to learn to live with it. Not willingly, of course.

    clearone, I could use your company about now.

    And is that taped in Adam’s new apartment? It could be a hotel room but it has the echo of an empty apartment.

    So this is where you went to!

    I’m here praying that Adam shaves before any promotional appearances. Leo can pull off that look. Adam can’t IMO. Thumbs up for the nice thank you and #1 on Amazon. Thumbs down for the scruff.

  61. So this is where you went to!

    I’m here playing catch up on the threads.

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