Kids In Need Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   147 reviews

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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 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.
Target demographics: students and teachers
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4.2 million students and 120,000 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 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  

What a fantastic experience this has been. Having written my first grant and being graciously awarded a Kids in Need Grant, I have since become adicted to applying for them. This particular grant has been very helpful for my students. Through reading Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, and working on their subsequent people watching project (due to the generous funds donated to us), they were able to see the world through different, less judgemental eyes. They learned that performing random acts of kindness really does make the world a better place. Many of my students still volunteer at local soup kitchens among other non-profit organizations and perform good deeds to this day, months after the unit has finished. Their compassion for others is permanently changed for the better. . . all thanks to you!

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?

2012

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I was so excited to be a recipient for a grant. I was able to really shop around and get a lot of books and materials and even technology for my classroom. The students LOVED their projects (of writing children's stories) and the second graders who received the stories were even happier! Thank you so much for chosing my project to support. I am ever so thankful.

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I recieved art supplies, paper, a camera, and children's books to help my sophomores read, analyze and write children's literature, interview second graders, and publically present their finished stories.

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

I wouldn't change a thing. Everyone was very supportive, helpful, and empowering.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This program has generously supplied my teaching labs with much needed equipment and supplies. Moreover, this program has shown a great level of professionalism in each and every encounter. I cannot praise this endeavor enough.

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I teach at a very diverse school with an extensive demographic of students from near poverty to blue collar and some white collar neighborhoods. With the limited resources available in these stressful economic times, with school funding being the target of state cut-backs, the kids in need foundation grants have allowed me to bring in equipment and laboratory techniques that just would not have been possible any other way. This foundation has been nothing but professional and helpful in all aspects of their support. I thank them each and every time I use my electronic balances and other technical equipment to demonstrate Biological processes in my classrooms.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A recipient of grant funding.

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

Increase the maximum grant monies to allow for purchasing equipment that can bring the most recent technology to the classroom.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I applied for a grant thorugh Kids in Need. This year I did not receive the opportunity to get a grant but I did get some fun poster board decals and supplies for my classroom.

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

A little

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you so much for the opportunity to continue to teach students the structure of DNA through a fun keychain. It is something that I love to teach and the students really enjoy doing it as well. They are able to connect with a hands-on structure of something that is so small and be able to work with it on a daily basis. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue the project!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The ability to purchase the supplies needed to continue in a cool learning experience for my students.

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

change nothing. You guys are great! Thanks again!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found my experience to be very favorable. If you are someone who has not tried to write a grant before this is a great place to start. The process was very easy to understand. I really appreciated my grant and my sponcer for their help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was able to listen to several of my students and there parents give me positive feedback about this project.

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

I would not make any changes at this time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

I found it on the internet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

To help kids 'see' things that are abstract was something I have always enjoyed doing. My project involved middle grades students creating "The Perfect High School". This was to include making it highly energy efficient and green, along with high comfort levels and useful space needs. The plans my students came up with and the visions they had amazed me. We were not able to complete the project due to its size and time, but I believe they will always think about and use the ideas we presented and built into out model school. I thank this foundation was wise and innovative in seeing the importance of assisting me with the costs for this project, and I hope to continue and complete it next school year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Macon County, North Carolina

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

Ask for representatives to visit to see what is happening with the money they have given.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Kids In Need was nothing put positive! I am a high school math teacher in a small town that has barely any funding for anything extra. I wanted to do a Geometry project with my students but did not know how to fund the materials needed. I stumbled across this grant, wrote my part, and received an email saying I got it! It was the easiest and most successful grant process ever! My students learned surface area and volume well because they were able to be hands on due to the Kids In Need Foundation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own classroom when I received a grant from them. I don't have anything negative to say!

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

not do anything differently!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently received a grant from Kids in Needs. The grant was very easy to apply for! The entire process was the easiest grant process I have ever completed. I was able to complete an amazing language arts project with my students. All the parents were so impressed with the books the students made and I know they will be forever a keepsake! Thank you Kids in Need!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my classroom. My students learned how to create their own book!

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

none!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have written a grant each year which was chosen and funded by KIds in Need Foundation. This past year I wrote a grant asking for material to teach my students the alphabet using fun activities. Each letter of the alphabet was represented by a letter word to bring inside the classroom for the week. By conducting this for each letter of the alphabet my students were able to use personal experiences to connect to each letter. (Examples: Ant Farm (A), Bubble (B), Homemade Crayons (C) and so on.) Since our school along with educational funds everywhere are being cut, this grant was a wonderful gift. In our parish we are allowed an allotment of $100.00, however the rest of the year material comes out of my pocket. This opportunity has offered and fulfilled my request by helping me as a teacher and my students academics.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

grants awarded to me. I typed lessons to fulfill my students needs and kids in need granted me with material to obtain the memorable experiences I wanted to offer.

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

not do anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was such a positive experience. I was looking into ways to fund a unit I wanted to teach in my kindergarten class, and found this organization. I not only funded the unit for myself but also for three other teachers in my building. And it was so easy! I will definitely be looking into funding other projects to give my kids more opportunities and experiences that they would otherwise not have. Thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My classroom

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

No changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

The kids in need program is great for both sides: those that need help and those groups looking for a way to help worthy causes either locally or nationally. I can not thing of a better way to match the two up.

Moving forward, I will continue to use the service and highly recommend both perspective programs and donating foundations to investigate for themselves how well the program works

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our experience is in recieving assistance for one of our projects

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

only wish I had found the site sooner

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