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  

For the last four years in August, our YMCA has been working with the Kids in Need Foundation to supply more than 2,200 students annually with school supplies. The effort is sponsored by a major corporation. The KINF shipment has always arrived on time--the day before our big annual event. We purchase our own backpacks, and employees from the corporation stuff backpacks and box them, and attach a special note of encouragement for every individual student. The boxes are delivered to different program partners.

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

...include the ability to customize my supply kit online. I did this via email, which was still very fast in terms of the response from my KINF representative. It would just be more convenient to have that option. Otherwise, everything is great!

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kids in Need Foundation has helped my students tremendously. Students are able to learn lessons powered by engaging activities. The Kids in Need Foundation has helped me by taking away that worry of how to afford to teach an activity based concept when school funds aren't available. It's hard to ask economically challenged famililes to provide materials or my family to excuse my spending out of our budget so finding this foundation has been a true blessing.

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

seek more partners to allow for even more opportunities for teachers and students throughout the year.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe that the program was great assistance to me. I loved working on my cover letter and fixing my resume I feel that I can get any job now. the staff was very helpful and dedicated in assisting the whole class. I was very exited to do the mock interviews it showed we where I could really nail a interview and were I messed up at.

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

no I would not change the organization I would just like for the company to be broadcasted more so that more people can find out about this opportunity

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher in a small, rural school district. I have received several Kids in Need grants over the past few years. I can honestly that they have made SUCH a difference!

In science, we have been able to do numerous hands-on experiments. I have observed the students' excitement for science ignite. Their comprehension of content was higher. We would not have had the ability to do this without the grant support.

In language arts, my students have written poetry and had their own books published. I noticed quality of writing and effort improve as they knew the book would be published. The excitement when the finished books arrived was fun to see.

In social studies, we have been able to do a fun culminating project where students created movies to highlight what they learned and then we held an "Academy Award" day and previewed the movies and handed out awards. This was the highlight of their year!

None of these would have happened for my students without the funding from Kids in Need and their sponsors.

This organization is wonderful to work with. Communication is quick and easy. The expectations and year end reports are clear. The Kids in Need Foundation has made a big impact on the students in our small community! ... Many thanks!

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

Somehow secure them more funding so they would be able to grant even more projects than they do now.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher at Constellation Community Schools Mansfield Elementary and I received a grant from Elmer's Glue to do a reading project with my school. The grant was for $500 and I was able to purchase books to give away to the students in the school. The children who received the books are from lower income and many do not have books at home to read. They were thrilled with the gift.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids in Need Foundation will change the lives and experiences of the students in my class. The resources that they provide will give students access to much needed and often unattainable supplies and resources. This donation will truly make my job easier. Hands-on learning skills are retained more and more fun too!!!!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an art teacher in an K-8 elementary Title 1 school. I recently won a grant for a ceramics project called "Whimsical Dinnerware." The grant money arrived as scheduled and our supplies were purchased at the local ceramics store. My art students loved working with clay. They never would have had this opportunity without the Kids in Need Foundation grant. I highly recommend them for helping Title 1 schools get grants they need to allow their students to experience success in new materials that they normally would not encounter. We are fortunate to be the recipient of a new ceramics grant for the 2013-14 school year and are very excited.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you to the Kids in Need Foundation, who has granted my students at San Andreas High School the opportunity to use resources they might have never had access to without their help. I look forward to implementing the resources into my curriculum that they have made available to me.
Thanks again for your time and consideration, Ms. Andi DuMoulin

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kids in Need Foundation truly is a wonderful organization with an important and vital mission. The idea of giving back to teachers, students, and the community as a whole is awesome and certainly much needed. It is important to ensure that educators who are passionate about meeting the needs of children that they impact daily are given that chance to do so. The Kids in Need Foundation gives both teachers and students a chance to experience success and to have access to the supplies and resources that are needed to ensure success. As an educator, I refuse to be a part of the problem, so when I saw that the Kids in Need Foundation could assist me with becoming a part of the solution, I took advantage of this wonderful opportunity. I was able to create an innovative learning project for my students that will help them for years to come. I teach students with behavior and emotional disabilities and physically aggressive behaviors.

The program encouraged students to behave well, make good decisions, build healthy relationships, exhibit more positive social behaviors, avoid negative or aggressive behaviors, develop a sense of connectedness and belonging, all while closing the achievement gap. The parental involvement component was designed to help parents develop skills to reduce problem behaviors, to improve parent/child relationships, generalize appropriate behaviors to the natural home and community environment outside of the school setting. Various forms of creative expression and hands on activities were interwoven into the curriculum to promote positive social interaction and to encourage self expression as a therapeutic means of dealing with problem behavior.

The use of experiential workshops, speakers, role plays, games, creative play, and bibliotherapy, and access to a mental health therapist assisted with learning coping skills and the ability to control anger and reduce aggressive tendencies. Students showed an increase level of control of their emotions and were able to focus more on academics and being a successful student.

The Parent Night Event would be sponsored by the students who would present what thy have learned to the parents. This way the children would be giving back to their parents and parents in the community and helping their parents and other parents deal with the stressors of parenting a difficult child or a child with a disability.

Thank you again and I will apply again next year as my students truly learned a lot and gained some important skills that caused them to be transformed and transformed others in the process, including myself and their parents.

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

not change anything.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I was able to receive a grant from the Kids in Need Foundation & Elmer's. This fall I will be able to begin a exciting and educational activity with the students in my class. I teach for an inner city public school where 100% of our students receive free lunch. There is very little money available for truly creative projects. This fall my students will begin to make a scrapbook of their writing. This grant was easy to apply for and they had a wide variety of activities that you could choose from. Each month we will add 2-3 stories, reports, poems, etc to their scrapbook. This scrapbook will then be something that they will be able to keep for the rest of their lives. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity that KINF and Elmer's has provided for me and my students. Thanks so much.

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

None

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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