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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

Cece M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so fortunate to be one of the 2013-2014 recipients of the Kids in Need Foundation Grant. I have taught in Las Vegas, Nevada for six years. My students are going to be so excited as they become deeply involved in the project we submitted for this grant. Thank you to all the generous donors to the Kids in Need Foundation. You are giving our students the opportunity to be engaged in their own learning. This would never become a reality without your support for this program!

Cece Meyer
Teacher
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, Nevada

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This foundation is generous, fair, and proactive. They value student aexerpience and support thwe arts. What more could you ask for?
Thanks so much for everything!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for funding our project. It will greatly help our students do more inquiry-based science projects and incorporate STEM. This will also give our parents opportunities to learn with their children and motivate them to be more involve in our school activities. As soon you approved the grant, I immediately shared the news to my colleagues which resulted to more collaboration. Now we are helping each other decide what task we are going to have in each "Science in a Shoe Box" project.
the result is much better that just doing it by myself! We can't wait for the new school year to start and use the shoebox. I could already see that this is going to be a great one!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Elmer's "Kids In Need Foundation" has given student/athletes @ BC RAIN HIGH SCHOOL-MOBILE, AL
rewarding experiences of self-gradification to become positive and productive citizens w/in their communities. Providing funds from their grant is GREATLY appreciated and will remain an everlasting experience in ALL their lives FOREVER! GOD BLESS ELMER'S "KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION":-)

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Kids in Need Foundation for this great opportunity! As a first time recipient I am very thankful for this opportunity given to me. My grade level applied because we were told by our counselor to apply for this grant. It was an easy process. Coming from a Title I school and all the cuts being done with the economy these monies will be greatly used in my classroom this coming year. My students will be working with smart tubs during math instruction . Once again thank you! SG Kindergarten teacher :)

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids In Need Foundation, through Elmers, is a blessing to teachers in lower income areas. Elmers and Kids in Need Foundation made it easy for me to apply for a grant(s). It was done online, and their director, Penny, is hands on. She personally notified me that my grant had been chosen. This organization is clearly focused on enabling high quality education by focusing on the best interests of the learner and teacher. They have hundreds of pages of engaging projects that you can choose from, and you can search by subject and level. Their grant enables teachers, like you and me, to get the supplies we need to make the common core come alive. This is a 5 Star organization. I highly recommend them to teachers who want to make a difference in their classrooms and do not have the funding available at their schools. Thank you Kids in Need Foundation, for making a difference! - IL Teacher

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids in Need has provided my students with a great opportunity to learn! My students of high risk were able to complete additional cross-curricular projects that they would have missed out on had it not been for the generosity of Kids in Need!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When i was in school, I remember doing a String Art project. My mother displayed my work for years--long after I was married and out of the house. I wanted to provide my 4th graders with a similar experience and I applied for a grant to cover supplies. My students can not afford the supplies-- boards, brads, string, paint, etc for this project.
Today, I found out that I have been awarded the grant and am thrilled. I can not wait to begin the work with my new class of 4th graders in the Fall. If possible, I will email some pictures of our work in progress and our finished pieces.
I can not fully express the sense of gratitude I have for KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION. You will provide a wonderful opportunity and creative experience for many children.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KINF has put valuable resources in the hands of urban learners. As a public charter school professional, we are grateful for the generosity of KINF and the Elmers group because of the funding they provide to enhance the learning experiences. These grants help educators create hands on minds on learning by providing much needed state of the art materials and lesson plans. Our students are excited about coming to school each day--and that's half the battle won! Having resources, books, technology and a plethora of lesson plans to choose from, teachers feel supported as well as successful and this in turn leads to the success of the students. Thank you KINF and ELMERS for making our jobs more enjoyable!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I currently work with students in a high poverty school. It is very difficult to get some of the "extras" that other more affluent schools have because we don't have a PTA or the kinds of parents that can make financial donations to the school. I teach students in grades K-6 in a Science Lab setting. Many of the great experiments that I want to do with my students require consumables which are not covered by our budget. I often buy the materials myself so that the students can do the experiments. The Kids in Need Foundation has proven to be a great resource over the past 2 years. Last year, I applied for and received a grant where 5th grade students learned a specific science topic and taught that concept to younger students. This experience helped all the students. The 5th graders really learned the concepts that they were required to master and took pride in their efforts. The younger students gained from their experiences with 5th graders because they saw their "big buddies" as role models and academic leaders. This year, I received a grant that will allow us to expand our garden program and include more grade levels and students in this hands on learning environment.

Review from Guidestar