Kids In Need Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   203 reviews

Address:

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 $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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We needed t-shirts for more than 90 Kindergarten students to conclude a science unit about fabric. Kids In Need Foundation supplied us with grant money for the t-shirts and other supplies we needed to conduct our experiment.

The grant process was not difficult. They communicated regularly with grant recipients so we knew where we were what was happening. They sent the funds when they said they would.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Kids In Need Foundation funded a grant that allowed my school to build a community garden. The garden has given us many fresh and organic vegetables that the kids get to take home. They love it and we get to teach about eating healthy and growing your own food.

 
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Teachers are always busy and truly only have a small amount of time to be able to write grants. I was very impressed with Kids in Need Foundation the process was simple to write the grant and I did not have to worry about the privacy of my students to post photographs.

I do wish that you were a fly in the room to witness the excitement of my students when I arrived on a Monday morning after purchased materials from your funding.

Many of my students live in a challenged environment making a diorama project at home is not a option for them. Many of my students have not been to a museum. Having the materials for Native American dioramas allowed my students to bring history to life. Having them engaged in their worked helped them to really truly learn and enjoy history.

Thank you Kids in Need Foundation for helping my students to experience this living history. It brought the history to life to disadvantaged children.

 
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My name is Joseph Calvarino. I am a woodshop teacher that works in a self-contained special education school located in the Bronx NY. All of the students I teach have disabilities that range from autism to emotional disturbance and learning disabilities. All of the students are underprivileged .

Thanks to a generous donation I was able to build a grandfather clock with the students. We not only did a ton of research but also had hands on project based activities that got the kids excited and motivated them to push forward .

Please support the cause !

 
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I simply love Kids In Need Foundation! They have helped to bring to life several projects for my classroom. Without their continuous support my students would not have exposure to several bright and engaging ideas. One in particular was Carnival Math. My 5th grade students enjoyed creating math problems using fractions and decimals to show how much each item cost. They were able to chaperone and explain it to the Pre-K students who attended our classroom carnival. It was enjoyable for all because learning was going on and treats and prizes were given out. This collaboration across the grade levels left a memorable experience to all of the student participant. Without the funding from KINF my students nor the Pre-K students would have had the exposure and the benefit of experiencing this project. Thank you so much!!!

 
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I am elated to have received this grant in order to help my students engage in math. Because of this grant my students will participate in a classroom carnival filled with math activities, problems and prizes. This will make the learning fun for my students and they are more likely to retain the information that is being learned. On my own, I would not be able to fund this idea, but I am grateful for the Kids in Need Foundation for alloting money to incorporate exciting ideas into the classroom.

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

Life-changing

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?

2013

 
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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.

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?

2014

 
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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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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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