Stephen Colbert is a native of South Carolina, and demonstrated his commitment to his home state by making a staggering donation that will benefit thousands upon thousands of schoolchildren.
As USA Today reports, the “Late Show” host announced on Thursday that he’ll be picking up the tab for a request from underfunded S.C. teachers, paying for every single grant request made on the education crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org — to the tune of a whopping $800,000.
“Colbert partnered with The Morgridge Family Foundation’s Share Fair Nation and ScanSource, which is headquartered in Greenville, to fund nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totalling $800,000,” notes USA Today.
Colbert announced the funding at a DonorsChoose.org conference in New York hosted by DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding site where teachers create projects requesting materials and experiences to benefit students, with generous donors supporting projects that they find particularly inspiring.
“Using the proceeds of the sale of my old set on ‘The Colbert Report’ which we auctioned off, and with the generous matching funds from The Morgridge Family Foundation and ScanSource, DonorsChoose is going to flash-fund all 1,000 projects in South Carolina,” Colbert said in his announcement. “Enjoy your learning, South Carolina.”
“There are going to be some happy, happy teachers across the state,” said South Carolina schools superintendent Molly Spearman. “This is Teacher Appreciation Week, so what a great way to say, ‘Thank you teachers for what you’re doing every day.'”
The generous funnyman can be seen weeknights on “The Late Show”, airing weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.