Kids In Need Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   154 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  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

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.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Review from Guidestar
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.

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?

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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Review from Guidestar
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.

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

I received a grant last year also.

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

If it works don't fix it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 4 stars  

I want to thank Kids in Need for funding our math night for parents. We were able to show parents games we play at school and because of the grant we could supply each parent with a bag of activities to use with their child at home. Thanks so much. Honeoye Kindergarten Team

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

The process was simple enough that it did not take an exorbitant amount of time. Many grants are too time consuming for many teachers to handle outside of their other duties.

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I think it is very well run and questions are answered in a timely fashion. I think it is a great organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you Kids in Need Foundation! As an elementary teacher, I spend thousands of dollars every year on books and materials to infuse hands-on, real-life applications for learning. You helped me tremendously to do three expensive projects! My kids will learn so much more from manipulating actual materials to build projects.

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

helping my students learn!

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

make available to every teacher!

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Teachers were my safe haven. Times have changed in the many years since I was in elementary school. Back in the day, schools provided all that teachers wanted and needed to provide a lifetime of memories and learning for students. Today, teachers still want to give their students a strong base for a happy and productive life. But, the economy makes it more difficult every day. Back when I was an elementary and high school student, life at home was dysfunctional at best. We had very little affection and even less money for extras, which my father considered school supplies. In elementary school, my teachers were my life savers. I was very lucky to have a couple of teachers at my school that I trusted with my 'behind closed door' secrets. Because we weren't allowed to be a part of extra curricular activities, clubs or groups; these few very special teachers found ways for me to stay after school to earn extra credit...which my parents allowed. I am now 50 yrs old. I've raised my own 4 kids on my own...have had a huge role in raising my 4 step-kids and fostered many others who still call me 'mom'! Since I didn't have positive role models at home; I learned how to care, learn and teach from my childhood teachers. As a matter of fact, I am still in close contact with a couple of my childhood teachers who have become good friends and mentors. It is because of these special teachers that I am passionate about my 'work' at Teachers Treasures. Using my life experiences, I could have continued my career, where I would again have to follow someone else's rules and agenda. But after years of being part of the 'system', I have chosen to find my own ways to help those in need, those who have no one in their corner. Teachers Treasures gives me a wonderful opportunity to help those who helped me when I needed it most, teachers, in a time when they need it most! My experiences at Teachers Treasures have enriched my life in many ways. Thank you!

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

my kids' classrooms, in friends (teachers) classrooms and in the teachers 'stories' of how Teachers' Treasures helps them every day!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how good it makes me feel to know that I am helping those who helped me most when I needed it most.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

as passionate about the program and as happy to be there as I was!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have everything on hand that is on their WISH LIST, not have to worry about cutting staff/hours and not have to worry about paying their monthly operating costs. They could also provide all that teachers/students want and need for the best education!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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