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Kids In Need Foundation

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3055 Kettering Blvd Ste 119 Dayton OH 45439 USA


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


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

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids in Need Foundation helped make my idea a reality! They made it possible for me to fun my 1st Grade Run Club with the first graders at my elementary school. With their help, I was able to help promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage a love of running with my students and the students in the other classes.

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I am an elementary school teacher in an unprivileged school. I found out about this profit organization during my vacation when I was researching for funding to do something special with my students. I submitted a proposal to create a butterfly garden at my school and it was funded. There is no words to express my sincere gratitude for the grant. It was such a wonderful, hands on experience for my students. We grew perennial seeds in the classroom, researched butterfly attracting flowers for our gardening zone and for the culminating activity planted a beautiful butterfly garden. All the early grades released their butterflies in our garden! Thank you again for your generous donation!

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I believe the writer of this review meant to write nonprofit organization instead of profit organization. The Kids In Need Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.

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I want to thank the Elmer's Tool Kit Grant as the funds/lesson provided a great way to introduce the concept of cultural myths and legends. We had a few English and Visual art teachers participate along with the students and they are now incorporating the integrated lesson into their curriculum. This unit provided a vehicle to explore many of our curriculum objectives and I appreciated the opportunity to include fibers into the art classroom.

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The Kids In Need Foundation is a wonderful non-profit who enabled my Kindergarten class the ability to taste healthy foods for each letter of the alphabet. We were also able to create a book for each student called Eating the Alphabet!!

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This non-profit is awesome. We were able to make a connection to the community with the sewing project they funded for my Kindergarten class. The children got a lot of fine motor practice with sewing project they funded. We were able to bring small heart to a local nursing home and share time with the residents. It also taught the students about giving back to others.

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Life Journeys – Examining Our Lives through Photos
This grant afforded the opportunity for my students to express their thoughts, feeling and emotions. The picture and the scrap booking allowed them to chronicle and reflect on life events. Creative writing along with photograph told various stories , where the student were able to peer tutor and mentor one another in certain situations. This exercise help build confidence , reinforced organization skills and allowed us to goal set. Thank you

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Kids in Need Foundation provided the means for my students to explore online newspaper writing by funding an iPad that they used for documenting school history and current school news. They recorded interviews, took photos, and wrote stories for our school paper. As a librarian in a school with limited technology funding, this iPad expanded the role of library aides from checking out books to online publishing, research, and advertising. Kids in Need made this possible.

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I want to express my appreciation for your generosity in support of my classroom. Your generous donation allowed me to purchase: notebooks; several packs of colored construction paper; crayons; markers; painting supplies and much more! The art supplies were used in my classroom throughout the year, to assist students from low-income households get needed school supplies.

Your assistance means so much to me, but even more to my wonderful students. Once again, thank you for your generous donations. My students were so excited to see their new supplies.

With gratitude,

Ms. S. Marrero
Eberhart Elementary School

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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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