Kids In Need Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   181 reviews

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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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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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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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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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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Help spread the word to more educators about the great things the Kids in Need Foundation is doing and how their classroom can benefit from their help.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

KINF has been great to work with, their help has enabled myself to bring teaching to a higher level. Their help will not be forgotten.

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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?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher.
I need resources to teach my student.
Resources that we are not given and I dont have enough money to buy.
Winning this grant helps me to give my students the best materials that show how much I care about their receiving the best I can offer. They will understand that they deserve the best material I can provide to enhance their learning experiences and most importantly that there are people in the world that will help you if you make an effort to try.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Rating: 5 stars  

THis grant has made possible a project that my students would not have been able to afford. It also got the attention of the community, which is always great for school districts. The most time consuming part is writing the grants, which is typical. The easy part is watching the students smile and having so much fun in working on their project. The project, a gift that benefits my students, will empower them with skills for life.

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I received a grant last year also.

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Crayons to Computers' partnership with the Kids in Need Foundation dates back to 1997. Since then, we have been the fortunate recipient of tens of millions of dollars worth of school supplies for our teacher's free store. C2C serves more than 5,000 teachers and 100,000 needy students from schools in 16 counties surrounding Cincinnati, Ohio.

We truly appreciate Kids in Need's efforts to procure product for our Resource Center. We have enjoyed exchanging ideas over the years with the Foundation's team and have made many friendships along the way.

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The Kids in Need Foundation is one of our largest product donors and provides C2C with critical school supplies to distribute to needy students, free of charge. Without their support, our Resource Center would not be the success it is today.

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I would love to have the Kids in Need Foundation located in Cincinnati. It has always been my dream.

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