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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working with Kids In Need for many years. My students have benefitted from the generous donations and Grant opportunities provided by the Kids In Need Foundation. My students received grant materials and supplies to create a variety of books, study the art of Rembrandt and have an in depth learning of the elements of art, specifically value. They have also received kind donations from our Kids In Need Resource Center where Staples, Target and JoAnn Fabric materials and supplies were in abundance. Thank you so much for providing my students with the opportunity to study historic information and the materials needed to complete the projects. It made their learning come to life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Physical educator with Dayton Public schools and I received a grant from the kids in need foundation. This was a huge help in building our P.E. program. I was able to purchase items that allowed me to create a multi sensory unit on balance. This unit was very hands on for the students and they are already asking if we will do it again next year. It was a blessing to receive the funds to help us create such a unique experience for our students that would have not been possible without the grant funding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I serve at a K-5 school with an almost 98% poverty rate. You donations provide grants for classroom teachers in high poverty areas. These grants allow teachers to incorporate creative and fun projects and materials that otherwise would have to be paid by the teacher.
I have been lucky enough to receive one of these grants and it helped to make my teaching better for students. Students were more engaged and had more fun learning because of the materials and activities Kids in Need provided my classroom! Please help this wonderful nonprofit if you can!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 2nd grade teacher in a high poverty school and was in need of math manipulatives to help my students learn their simple math facts. I found out about the Kids in Need Foundation through and email, typed up a proposal and was awarded a $330 grant. I purchased several Hot Dots pens and various Hot Dots flash cards as well as electronic flash cards. I incorporated them into my math games center and students loved "playing" with them daily. I plan on applying for yet another grant this upcoming school year since I'll be teaching at a new school and in a new grade.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids In Need Foundation is a truly professional organization with a heart of gold. This organization strives to help the children that need it most. I am so honored to have been a grant recipient this past year.My students' academic growth in reading have shown what can be possible when students are supplied with enough supplies and materials in order to provide them with hands-on, engaging learning strategies. This organization has made a positive impact both on myself and my students. We will be forever grateful for the generosity of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a middle school US History teacher and I am so appreciative of the Kids In Need Foundation and the support they provide to teachers across the country. I have had access to instructional materials that I would not have been able to acquire without funding from Kids In Need. They are a great organization! They also use an accountability process so you know as a donor that your financial support is being used wisely. I work at a Title I school which means that more than 50% of our students are on the free or reduced lunch program. Many of my students don't come to school with the basic supplies. Even though I spend a lot of money out of my own pocket to provide the necessary materials for my students, the additional resources that I can provide to my students through grants from KIds In Need make my lessons much more effective and allow these students to gain a greater knowledge of the curriculum. Thank you Kids In Need for all of your support.
Larry B.
US History Teacher

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their grant helped my special needs students with their sight words this year! I have seen vast improvement! Thank you for your help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of working with the Kids in Need Foundation for the past two years. The good works and generous grants that have been given to deserving schools and students is overwhelming. I am pleased that I was able to receive funding for the art program at our school. We could not have functioned effectively without the generous support of the Kids in Need Foundation. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As one of the 34 teacher resource centers served by The Kids in Need Foundation I can say without reservation that KINF is making a wonderful difference for students in need all over Western New York. As teachers marvel at the quality and quantity of what they receive we are quick to note that it is due in large part to the tireless work of the staff at KINF as they reach out in a 1000 ways to touch the countless lives of teachers, students in need and volunteers they will never see. John Mika Director The Teacher's Desk, Buffalo NY

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization gave me a grant to help my special needs students with their IEP objectives of sight words. I was able to purchase $500 dollars of products, as a second year teacher! Their sight word identification progress and writing skills have improved tremendously as a result of the items purchased! We were able to use sight word stamps to create cards for police officers and firefighters in our area for Public Safety Week. This organization believed in me and my students! They deserve 5 stars for what they do to help teachers!