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Nonprofit Overview

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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Christopher84

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our students had the opportunity to use the KINF funding to assist in their personal and professional growth. Using the support to buy business related items that improved their class, they were able to feel more passionate about school and look forward to coming to class. KINF changed the lives of over 60 students with their donations at Francis Lewis High School. On behalf of our students, Thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have received three grants totalling $1500. We have utilized funds to create literacy stations, writing stations, and math. Materials are plentiful and hands-on. My prek learners have benefited for three years as they transition to kindergarten.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KIN Foundation has HELPED my classrooms over the years tremendously! It is always a pleasure and delight to go to the center to 'shop'.....I appreciate the kind & warm welcome we get each time. I love KIN and wish them continued blessings because they have truly been a BLESSING to us!

kikikik

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation funded an Eric Carle Festival for my Kindergarten students, enabling us to have the books, art supplies, and puzzles we needed to enjoy a day of fun celebrating one of our favorite authors! It was a day to remember.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have used Kids In Need Foundation for 2 grants. The application was straight forward and the project ideas were a great help. I will continue to use this foundation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My brother died recently, and my colleagues at the Kids In Need Foundation decided to make a donation of free school supplies to a school in the area where my brother lived in his memory to express their condolences to me. I was so warmed by it. My brother really believed in our mission and helped us promote our work whenever he could. I received a thank you today from the teacher whose students received the supplies. The children were so thrilled, and after she told them why they received the supplies, one of the little boys wanted to write my brother's name on all of his supplies, and a girl in the class said, "This is the best day of my life." That's a legacy of which my brother would have been proud.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation has been a consistent help through the years for our students by giving us support, basic supplies, and more. They’ve allowed us unique and creative opportunities that went beyond pencils and notebooks. Their generosity provided the spark of enthusiasm which ignited the desire to learn within many students for whom it might not otherwise have occurred. They have enriched our resources and ability to engage the students in a way that has made us all truly in their debt. Thank you KINF for all you have helped us do for the kids in need! Terri C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to be the recipient of a few grants through the KINF. This organization has far exceeded my expectations and surprised me with Teacher of the Year for one of my grant submission ideas. My students thrived with the necessary supplies to publish their own hardcover books. It goes to show you that wonderful companies like KINF do exist and are totally supportive of enriching the lives of students and teachers. It's because of them that I'm able to bring new and innovative ideas into my classroom.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an elementary school teacher that teaches in an area where ninety-nine percent of our students receive free lunch. I think that your organization is providing an opportunity for my students that I would not be able to provide out of pocket for my students myself. I am excited about the project and the hands-on learning that my students will be engaged in.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was granted a project from the Kids in Need Foundation for the 2012-2013 school year. The project I chose to complete was one that I was able to use as a science fair project. Every time I brought out a new items my students looked like it was Christmas morning they were so excited. The Kids in Need Foundation gave me the oppurtunity to purchase items that many of my students had never experienced before. I know that my students had a very meaningful experience and took a lot away from the project and that was partly because of the Kids in Need Foundation. Thank you!

Review from Guidestar