Colbert partnered with two charitable organizations to make the dreams of more than 800 South Carolina teachers come true.
Stephen Colbert, world's nicest man. (Getty)
Stephen Colbert is working hard these days to shed all traces of the blowhard character he played on Comedy Central from his public persona. He grew a lovable Santa Claus beard, he geeked out with George Lucas, and now, he's pulled off one of the most grandiose philanthropic gestures we've seen in a long time.
Colbert partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund every single grant request submitted by South Carolina public school teachers to DonorsChoose.org. Donors Choose is an educational crowdfunding website where teachers can request small grants for materials or tools that their students need but the school won't provide. Donors who visit the website can choose directly which requests they want to fund, but today they don't have to. Not in South Carolina, anyway. All of those requests have been paid in full.
Colbert, a South Carolina native, helped finance the project by auctioning off pieces of the set from The Colbert Report. With matched sums from his partner organizations, he is funding almost 1,000 different requests for more than 800 teachers and 375 schools, totaling approximately $800,000. The announcement was made on a live feed at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville. Here's a video of the event:
Here are just a few of the requests this donation will fulfill in schools across the state:
- Classroom carpet: $520
- Basic school supplies such as pencils and air freshener: $545
- A trampoline and treadmill for sensory therapy: $504
- Dodge balls for recess play: $165
- 16 new bulletin boards: $202
- Game chairs for flexible learning: $485
- A kidney-shaped activity table for individualized attention: $444
- Classroom library books: $239
- Two bookshelves: $368
- Books on CD: $506
- Motivational posters: $206
Way to go, Stephen Colbert. This just makes me more of a fan. I was already going to watch your show on CBS, but now I'll write it off on my taxes, too.