Kids In Need Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   173 reviews 2,452

Issues: Education

Location: 3055 Kettering Blvd Ste 119 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 34 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 preK-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for students. Our School Ready Supplies program distributes backpacks filled with supplies in communities not served by Resource Centers. The Second Responder® program provides free backpacks filled with school supplies to students affected by natural disasters. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed more than $650 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 4.2 million students and 120,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $1.6 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.org. Follow Kids In Need on Twitter, http://twitter.com/kidsinneed
Results: The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed more than $650 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 4.2 million students and 120,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to teachers.
Target demographics: students and teachers
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4.2 million students and 120,000 teachers
Geographic areas served: USA
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 34 Resource Centers throughout the country that make up the National Network. The Teacher Grants program provides funds to teachers to conduct innovative classroom projects. School Ready Supplies provides backpacks filled with supplies to students who are not served by Resource Centers. Second Responder® provides free school supplies to students who have lost their possessions because of natural disasters.
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EIN 31-1437587
937-296-1230
www.kinf.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kids in Need Foundation awarded us a grant to implement an outdoor classroom/gardening project. The grant process was very easy, funding came around the time they projected, and our project was successfully implemented with this funding. I think this agency is doing a great job of closing the gap by funding worthy projects that are student centered. Donors should definitely support this agency!

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Hi, my name is Tracy Watson and my school was blessed to be a blessing from a grant received. My students discovered many new things and were fortunate enough to share their blessing with others. One gifted blessing at a time can impact many.

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The Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit grant program enabled my students in many ways. They became stronger, more confident readers. The project gave them a better understanding for the need to be good oral readers. Students of all reading levels were able to contribute, and I believe that met a desired goal of making sure all students feel important.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kids in Need Foundation has helped me teach math in a more hands-on environment to inner-city students at the high school level by funding grants for our projects. The grants allow me, as a teacher, to supplement my curriculum with resources that would not have been available otherwise. My students love seeing math in action as they do the projects, and have grown to like math too!

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I teach in a low income area in Los Angeles. I teach 2nd grade... and I love it! However, teaching meaningful lessons and exciting topics can be difficult when funds are limited. Kids In Need Foundation has helped my students by supplementing our school budget for special hands-on projects that make learning fun and engaging! This year, my students had the opportunity to learn about ocean pollution and our waste management system all because of our close encounter with a real living being... hermit crabs. We welcomed hermit crabs as our class pets and learned how our trash can end up in their natural environment. We learned ways to reduce our trash and help our oceans stay clean. None of this would have been possible without the grant I received from Kids In Need Foundation. A big thank you from Mrs. Carrillo's class!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) promotes creativity and critical thinking in the Bronx. We have been funded for literacy and student service projects. Children love being able to approach learning in fun and interesting ways and KINF makes that possible. They are a resource for teaching ideas and are a God send to our classroom. since we operate on a limited budget. KINF makes learning outside the box possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

KINF has been a life saver to my students and I this year. They have afforded us the opportunity to be creative and to experience learning through the grant I received. My students are all from the inner city and their exposure to America are limited by the boundaries of their neighborhood. I enjoy the opportunity that KINF has afford to open the doors to a whole new environment through their funding. There is still much work to be done, but what a great avenue to a beginning.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Their help was really wonderful! I needed some funding to be able to do numerous science experiments that I had planned for my students during the school year. They provided the help a wanted and funded the grant! I was able to go ahead with all the wonderful experiments for my second grade students. I am really thankful for that. Keep up such as fantastic job!
Sincerely,
Mr. Ceballos, 2nd Grade Teacher at Beech Ave. School in the Fontana Unified School District.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I received a grant for my students to create abacuses. The project was great and very meaningful, as I made it a parent-child activity.

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Kids in Need is wonderful! I have been awarded 2 grants to complete hands-on science and social studies projects with my Special Education students. It has provided me with the opportunity to purchase supplies that I would never have access to otherwise. In a low-income, high-minority school with access to little outside funding and no PTA or similar supports in place, Kids in Need is a lifesaver!

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