Kids in Need Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   145 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 3077 Kettering Blvd Ste 114 Dayton OH 45439 USA

Mission: The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids in Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 25 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students. The national sponsor of the Kids In Need Network is Target, a long time supporter of the Kids In Need Foundation.  In addition, Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for students. The Kids in Need Foundation has distributed nearly $350 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 1.6 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $1 million in grants to teachers.  The Kids In Need Foundation has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for three consecutive years, indicating that it executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. For more information, visit www.kinf.orgFollow Kids In Need on Twitter, http://twitter.com/kidsinneed
Results: The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed nearly $350 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 1.6 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $1 million in grants to teachers.
Geographic areas served: US
Programs: The mechanism for the distribution of school supplies is our growing network of Resource Centers. Each Center has the look and feel of a small store and teachers are allowed to 'shop' without spending a dime of their own money. There are 25 Resource Centers throughout the country that make up the National Network.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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937-296-1230
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization gave me a grant to help my special needs students with their IEP objectives of sight words. I was able to purchase $500 dollars of products, as a second year teacher! Their sight word identification progress and writing skills have improved tremendously as a result of the items purchased! We were able to use sight word stamps to create cards for police officers and firefighters in our area for Public Safety Week. This organization believed in me and my students! They deserve 5 stars for what they do to help teachers!

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The Kids in Need Foundation has helped me bring exciting, hands-on lessons to my special-needs students. With district budgets being slashed and education funding cuts, the Kids in Need Foundation provides a resource to help teachers meet the needs of their students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became acquainted with the Kids in Need Foundation about 2 years ago. The Kids in Need Foundation has been gracious enough to fund 3 classrom grants that I've submitted. Last summer I volunteered to assist KINF by picking up 'Back to School" supplies from my local Walgreen's stores and delivering them to schools for their students to use. Also, the Kids in Need Foundation is involved with Jo-ann Fabrics where I pick up items from my local Jo-Ann Fabrics store and we use those items at our school. In short, the Kids in Need Foundation is involved in many different activities where they help get donations from corporations into the classrooms to help benefit the students. Whether it is financial assistance through a grant or classroom supplies donated to schools, the Kids in Need Foundation is helping to give students the tools they need to learn, be actively engaged, and to participate in the instruction.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids in Need Foundation helped our arts education school our first couple years so we could have supplies to teach our children ELA and Drama Standards. We were able to purchase costume pieces and props for plays students created based on social studies and science units of study. Thank you so much for helping us! We couldn't have done it without you!

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I am a Drama teacher at a new arts integrated elementary school in South Carolina. In case you don't know, an arts integrated school teaches language arts, science, math and social studies through the arts. Our school is currently finishing its second year.

We have taught in the "backyard" of another school's campus. All but one of our teachers has been in a single-wide trailer. Most of our students come from lower income families. Some of our state's politicians would axe the arts in a second if they could.

I do not mention this to complain. I say this because without organizations such as Kids in Need Foundation, our students would go without in more ways. Thanks to this foundation and their generous grants, we have received much needed supplies to help us teach our children.

The employees are very friendly, helpful and professional. Thank you so much Kids in Need Foundation for your generous support of our school and the arts. You are helping to make our community, state, the country and the world a better place!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My brother died recently, and my colleagues at the Kids In Need Foundation decided to make a donation of free school supplies to a school in the area where my brother lived in his memory to express their condolences to me. I was so warmed by it. My brother really believed in our mission and helped us promote our work whenever he could. I received a thank you today from the teacher whose students received the supplies. The children were so thrilled, and after she told them why they received the supplies, one of the little boys wanted to write my brother's name on all of his supplies, and a girl in the class said, "This is the best day of my life." That's a legacy of which my brother would have been proud.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids in Need Foundation has supported projects in my classroom for several years. Our school is in a high poverty area where all students receive free lunch. Our textbooks are 10-20 years old, and our other resources are limited or non-existent. Thanks to KINF for allowing me to bring enriching activities to the children I teach year after year. It would not be possible without them, and I am very grateful!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids in Need Foundation has been a consistent help through the years for our students by giving us support, basic supplies, and more. They’ve allowed us unique and creative opportunities that went beyond pencils and notebooks. Their generosity provided the spark of enthusiasm which ignited the desire to learn within many students for whom it might not otherwise have occurred. They have enriched our resources and ability to engage the students in a way that has made us all truly in their debt. Thank you KINF for all you have helped us do for the kids in need! Terri C.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been fortunate enough to be the recipient of a few grants through the KINF. This organization has far exceeded my expectations and surprised me with Teacher of the Year for one of my grant submission ideas. My students thrived with the necessary supplies to publish their own hardcover books. It goes to show you that wonderful companies like KINF do exist and are totally supportive of enriching the lives of students and teachers. It's because of them that I'm able to bring new and innovative ideas into my classroom.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been the happy recipient of a few grants from KINF, and the funds have enabled me to enrich my students in ways that have created joy in learning, excitement and awe. I enjoy providing my students with "extras" and KINF has been a great source for me to do so.

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The Kids in Need Foundation has been an invaluable resource to me over the past few years. Through the Elmer's Teacher Toolkit grant, I have found a wealth of great project ideas, and the funds to actually undertake them in my K - 5 science lab. The foundation has allowed me to do some WOW projects with my students. Gaining student interest early on in the sciences is key to ignite a lifelong interest. My school is a Title 1 school, and my budget is zero, so any cool things I wish to undertake come out of my own pocket. I most recently received funding to undertake some vermicomposting activities. The squeals and fascination of students observing the worms, asking really insightful questions and getting hooked on science are what make my job rewarding.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having Kids in Need Foundation believe in my teaching pedagogy and believe in my students has provided us with the tools to excel in class on a daily basis. THANK YOU from every single child you've touched!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing at all!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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