Kids In Need Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   171 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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Kids in Need Foundation has supported projects in my classroom for several years. Our school is in a high poverty area where all students receive free lunch. Our textbooks are 10-20 years old, and our other resources are limited or non-existent. Thanks to KINF for allowing me to bring enriching activities to the children I teach year after year. It would not be possible without them, and I am very grateful!

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I have been the happy recipient of a few grants from KINF, and the funds have enabled me to enrich my students in ways that have created joy in learning, excitement and awe. I enjoy providing my students with "extras" and KINF has been a great source for me to do so.

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The Kids in Need Foundation has been an invaluable resource to me over the past few years. Through the Elmer's Teacher Toolkit grant, I have found a wealth of great project ideas, and the funds to actually undertake them in my K - 5 science lab. The foundation has allowed me to do some WOW projects with my students. Gaining student interest early on in the sciences is key to ignite a lifelong interest. My school is a Title 1 school, and my budget is zero, so any cool things I wish to undertake come out of my own pocket. I most recently received funding to undertake some vermicomposting activities. The squeals and fascination of students observing the worms, asking really insightful questions and getting hooked on science are what make my job rewarding.

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

A lot

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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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Having Kids in Need Foundation believe in my teaching pedagogy and believe in my students has provided us with the tools to excel in class on a daily basis. THANK YOU from every single child you've touched!

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

change nothing at all!

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

Some

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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 so grateful to be able to receive this very generous grant to support my special needs students with Reading and Language Arts academic skills. The materials and supplies will help to strengthen skills by providing small group or individual independent hands on activities to students.
Thank you so very much.
Sincerely,
Linda Solomon
K-3 Special Education

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

You are just so kind and very generous.

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 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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so appreciative of the Kids in Need Foundation! They are providing me with funds and school supplies to help make sure my students get the best chance they can. Coming from an impoverished school in a large, poor, inner-city district, I need all the help I can get. The opportunity to provide students with free school supplies and then teach them about the USA in a hands-on, art-based way is tremendous. Thank you so much!

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 have been recipient for the past two years. I love Kids In Need it is because this program my classroom has been able to complete projects and gain the opportunity to explore many wonderful projects and learn how to be responsible to taking care of the materials they receive as well as learn how to share with others. I would like to thank Kids In Need once again for helping our school continue to receive materials that are desperately needed in our class. We could not do it without you.

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

I would not change a thing.

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 grant I have been given has been so helpful in providing new experiences to the students in my class who would otherwise not be able to experience these things.

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  

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.

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...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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