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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Student Services

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 $800 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 4.8 million students and 120,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to teachers.

Target demographics: students and teachers

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4.8 million students and 150,000 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 38 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.

Community Stories

125 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

kabarnes525

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids In Need Foundation and the Elmer's Teacher Toolkit Grant provided my third grade art classes with the funds needed to purchase materials for an extensive research project. Through "The Pint-Sized Picassos" project, my students not only created a painting on canvas like the masters, but improved their written, speaking and reading English language skills. My students and I thank these two wonderful organizations for provided us with this opportunity!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was absolutely thrilled to be a recipient of the Kids In Need Foundation Elmer’s Teacher Toolkit Grant! As a kindergarten teacher, I know how important it is to get kids excited about reading! Because of the KINF, I was able to implement a Dr. Seuss Reading project! Together we read Dr. Seuss books and then conducted STEM activities! Their favorite activity was an Ooey-gooey STEM activity exploring changing states of matter! We made our own Oobleck after reading the Dr. Seuss book,"Bartholomew and the Oobleck." Students also all received their very own copy of a Dr. Seuss book! This was very special as many students do not have books of their own. I am very grateful for the donors and team members at the Kids In Need Foundation!

Niki J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last summer I stumbled upon the grant opportunities with the Kids In Need Foundation. I wrote several, taking time each day to do so. The grants were easy and fun to write, and then I kind of forgot all about them. You can imagine my surprise and delight in December when I received an email that TWO of my grants were being funded! I was able to purchase materials for a geography unit (globes, maps, interactive maps, map texts, etc.) and I was able to purchase enough flashlights and batteries to launch "Flashlight Friday" in my second grade classroom! My students love to turn off all of the lights and use their flashlights to read on Fridays! I am so grateful to the Kids In Need Foundation and to all of their sponsors for providing my students with these amazing resources!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have written and received grants from Kids In Need Foundation for a few years now....thank you so much!!! The process is very efficient and streamlined...not a lot of filler information needed...just the important facts which I appreciate very much!!! The grants have allowed me to make some amazing projects with my students in our Engineering Design class.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a new teacher, I have so many wonderful ideas for projects to help my students become engaged and understand concepts. However, these projects cost money and without the generous support of organizations like the Kids In Need Foundation I would never have the opportunity to bring these projects to my classroom. My students thoroughly enjoyed our project on diversity awareness using t-shirts !! These projects that KINF support help my students to create a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Alissa F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit is amazing! They have helped fun projects in my classroom for three years now! I also applied for this years grant, and am keeping my fingers crossed! My students have been able to have hands-on exposure to the Latino culture through food and cultural events! It has helped bring the culture alive thus increasing student engagement. I teach in a school with almost 80% free and reduced lunch. With the grant money they provide, I am able to give my students amazing opportunities!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need donated to my classroom last year. We were able to make great progress due to the donation. All of my students were able to use tablets and seats in the Lexia reading program each week. At the end of last year, 13 out of 15 students were reading on grade level and proficient. It was a great experience to be able to provide my students the opportunity to have access to a reading program that supplements my teaching at each students ability level. We are still using the program and tablets this year and looking to add to our resources! Thank you so much Kids In Need!

Client Served

Rating: 5

K.I.N.F. is a wonderful organization. The dedication from the foundation far exceeds anyone's expectations. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant last year and was thrilled on how quickly the turn around time was from applying to receiving funds. Thank you so much K.I.N.F.!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Kids in Need! Not only can I visit every semester and load up on much-needed supplies, I can also apply for a Kids in Need grant! Last year I won a grant for almost $500. I taught my students how to create hats and scarves from yarn and looms as well as crochet. They LOVED the experience! They learned a life-long skill, were able to create wearable products and even continue on their own and sell their work. This is an experience we could have never had without Kids in Need.

Brianna20

Client Served

Rating: 5

The students I currently serve all come from low socioeconmic backgrounds and our school has very little funding or budget for classroom supplies. I was hired three years ago to create an art program for our students. With such little funding this was very hard to do. Kids in Need helped me greatly. I was able to get many different basic art supplies from them such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue, scissors, and paper as well as many other classroom supplies. Last year I was even able to get air dry clay!!!! I truly believe that a key component in the success of our art program was and is Kids in Need. With their support I was able to provide our students with much needed supplies and I was able to provide even more creative opportunities for our students. Thank you so much Kids in Need, you are truly making a difference in many students and teachers lives! Thank you, thank you!!