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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937-296-1230
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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I want to express my appreciation for your generosity in support of my classroom. Your generous donation allowed me to purchase: notebooks; several packs of colored construction paper; crayons; markers; painting supplies and much more! The art supplies were used in my classroom throughout the year, to assist students from low-income households get needed school supplies.

Your assistance means so much to me, but even more to my wonderful students. Once again, thank you for your generous donations. My students were so excited to see their new supplies.

With gratitude,

Ms. S. Marrero
Eberhart Elementary School

 
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I teach in a low income area in Los Angeles. I teach 2nd grade... and I love it! However, teaching meaningful lessons and exciting topics can be difficult when funds are limited. Kids In Need Foundation has helped my students by supplementing our school budget for special hands-on projects that make learning fun and engaging! This year, my students had the opportunity to learn about ocean pollution and our waste management system all because of our close encounter with a real living being... hermit crabs. We welcomed hermit crabs as our class pets and learned how our trash can end up in their natural environment. We learned ways to reduce our trash and help our oceans stay clean. None of this would have been possible without the grant I received from Kids In Need Foundation. A big thank you from Mrs. Carrillo's class!

 
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KINF has been a life saver to my students and I this year. They have afforded us the opportunity to be creative and to experience learning through the grant I received. My students are all from the inner city and their exposure to America are limited by the boundaries of their neighborhood. I enjoy the opportunity that KINF has afford to open the doors to a whole new environment through their funding. There is still much work to be done, but what a great avenue to a beginning.

 
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I received a grant for my students to create abacuses. The project was great and very meaningful, as I made it a parent-child activity.

 
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Kids in Need is wonderful! I have been awarded 2 grants to complete hands-on science and social studies projects with my Special Education students. It has provided me with the opportunity to purchase supplies that I would never have access to otherwise. In a low-income, high-minority school with access to little outside funding and no PTA or similar supports in place, Kids in Need is a lifesaver!

 
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Kids in Need Foundation is a wonderful program for my classroom and students. The grants I have received from them have helped fund projects in my classroom that otherwise would have never taken place. The grant application is very easy to fill out and the program services are very helpful. All of my questions were answered quickly and they were professional.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you Kids In Need Foundation for everything you have done for our school and for my classroom. We have been assigned to local Walgreens for the last four years to receive donated school supplies. They were very much needed by many of our students. I also appreciate the many grant opportunities that Kids in Need has offered -the exciting materials gained from these grants have made the difference in our learning. Keep up the great work for our kids!

 
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I teach in a high poverty district near Chicago. The Kids in Need Foundation has consistently helped our school get connected with other corporations to receive school supplies. These supplies have made a big difference to students and their families who would not have otherwise been able to purchase these items. We are also a fine arts magnet school with limited funds to acquire art and set materials. Kids in Need matched us up for a year with three stores who are generously donating art supplies. We could not be happier with our partnership with Kids in Need. Thank you!!!

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

There are no changes I could suggest. Just keep up the great work that you do!

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  

The Kids in Need Foundation was a positive, driving force in my school this year. They provided my classroom with books of poetry, writing supplies, and everything we needed to read, write, publish books of our own poetry to be distributed throughout our community, and to perform Spoken Word Poetry right in our school. Also, for the first time ever, one of our graduating Seniors performed an original Spoken Word Piece during our graduation ceremony: the theme was "Undefeated." Thanks to nonprofit organizations like the Kids in Needs Foundation, at-risk students like mine have access to resources that will empower teachers and students to create learning experiences that both challenge and engage students in studies that truly matter to them, in studies that stimulate them. This school year was such a success. The Kids in Need Foundation helped make this possible. There's a saying that goes, "Where magic is allowed, magic will occur." You helped magic happen this year. Not only did the Kids in Need Foundation bring my students together, providing us with everything we needed to create an unforgettable school year, you are the reason that over the summer, many of my students will continue to meet to read poetry, write poetry, listen to poetry readings, and even perform their own poetry within at community. The Kids in Need Foundation ignited a love of poetry in my classes that will not easily be extinguished. Thank you. I hope you will continue to support my school and to support schools like mine. Education is the great equalizer in life, but not all schools are equal. Great Nonprofits help even the playing field, the "learning field" filling in the gaps for students like my own. Teaching is what I do best and is one of the things I love best in life period. A gift to my students is a gift to me. Thank you.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

What an incredible experience this school year with the help of the grant we received through Elmer's Glue, Kids in Need Foundation. Our gardening grant has allowed us to grow and work in real life growing experiences to increase our students scientific and literacy learning. Engaging middle school students so they enjoy what they are doing and making a a positive impact on their learning has been a wonderful time this 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?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My kids were so lucky to have money donated to our sewing project. Each month and through the month for the whole year and years to come we got to enjoy all the wonderful tools that were given to us. The kids learned how to sew using a needle and thread, sewing machine, craft projects and even made things to be donated to a local charity. All of this really aligned with the Montessori lessons and the Common core standards. I'm so thankful we were picked. Thank you so much.

 
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