Kids In Need Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   148 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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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has been paramount in helping me develop a strong, exciting curriculum for my kiddos. With their support, I'm able to create a dynamic project that I otherwise would not be able to afford.

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

Some

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids in Need has provided my students with an opportunity to access a rigorous opportunity to apply their math and science skills to build electrical houses. As a teacher working in a school and community with limited financial resources I am thankful to be the recipient of a generous grant to expose my students to higher order thinking skills.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

This company runs a top notch program that helps so many teachers and students in our District. We are given the opportunity to "shop" for classroom materials that we would otherwise not have or have to pay for out of our own pocket. The selection process is well organized and the materials are plentiful to choose from.

I recently found out about the Elmer Grants that provided additional materials to classrooms. I was fortunate enough to receive one of these grants for the upcoming school year. I look forward to putting these new activities in place. I would not be able to do this without the help from the Kids in Need Foundation. Thank you very much.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a first-year teacher in a small, rural elementary school. Budget cuts for classroom supplies have made it very difficult to purchase resources for projects like “Galileoville - A Community Simulation” or any project for that matter. An allotted $100 a year barely covers basic resources for the classroom so organizations like the Kids in Need Foundation really are lifesavers. I truly appreciate the opportunity they have provided my classroom next year. (Thank you, Kids in Need Foundation, for your generosity and compassion for our future... my Kindergarten students.)

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

Life-changing

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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  

The Kids in Need Foundation is helping me to bring science to life in my special education classroom by providing me with funding to purchase materials to make life size models of human body systems. These models will help my students learn more about human body systems, their various parts and how they work together to create an efficient organism. Thank you KINF for your support!

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Very Well

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This program has been so helpful. Because of the program, I was able to purchase two e-readers with books for my classroom. The novelty of the e-reader made reading all the more attractive. Plus, I could purchase new books and a variety of books to interest my students. Another advantage of these e-readers is that the students learned how to use the dictionary inside the books. This is a type of technology that some students don’t get access to because of the tight economics that many of our students experience here in the inner city. Thank you so much for your support of this program.

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

fund them more.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids in need has helped me out several times. They have provided t classroom with multiple necessary items. When paper towels and treasure box supplies are getting low they are always there to help. My students think its Christmas when I come back from kids in need because I always come back with boxes of fun things to help them learn. Kids in need also helped me get the necessary supplies to have a readers theater with puppet animals. I teach kindergarten where most of my kids are esol and it is a title 1 school. Kids in need gives me the necessary materials to help my kids learn.

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

I would not make any changes.

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  

Kids In Need Foundation is easing the financial burden on public school teachers. Every school year, I spend my own money on basic and supplemental supplies so that I can teach my students and make their learning more meaningful. This year, KINF will be helping me by means of the grant I was awarded. With the donated funds, I will be able to purchase materials that will make the ocean "come alive" in our classroom. I cannot wait to provide my students with the realia that will allow them to delve in deeper while learning about the great ocean. Thank you, KINF!

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  

This organization helped find funding for a fun and exciting math project in my classroom. For one week my students used food everyday to explore various math concepts. While they thoroughly enjoyed the lessons, I feel I walked away with so much more. This grant gave me the opportunity to teach without worrying about how to fund the project. This project made me enjoy and get excited about teaching again! It showed me there are people who care about our youth!

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

Tell more educators about it!

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 work in a low-income school and most students do not have books to read at home. This organization awarded me $500 to purchase books for my students to take home and read with their families. I am very thankful. The application process was simple and easy to understand. Their expectations were clear and their mission is admirable.

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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