Kids In Need Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   181 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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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 :)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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

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I would hope that they would share their successes with other organizations. It would be great if other companies followed their lead in providing a vehicle for enabling teachers to create top level learning experiences, without the personal expenses. Elmer's and Kids In Need has found a way to do this that is straightforward, and doesn't require teachers to focus on meeting extraneous goals. The focus is simply enabling creation of the right learning environment for students.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

N/A

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

change nothing!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

Have KINF and Elmers visit the classrooms they support so that we could put a face to the name on the computer! We (our students and myself) often like to write and send thank you notes--it would be beneficial for the children to know who to thank!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Not change a thing. I especially like that the grant are made directly to the teacher and not the school. This allows the teacher to buy materials without having to go through the bureaucracy of purchasing through the school.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This program has generously supplied my teaching labs with much needed equipment and supplies. Moreover, this program has shown a great level of professionalism in each and every encounter. I cannot praise this endeavor enough.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I teach at a very diverse school with an extensive demographic of students from near poverty to blue collar and some white collar neighborhoods. With the limited resources available in these stressful economic times, with school funding being the target of state cut-backs, the kids in need foundation grants have allowed me to bring in equipment and laboratory techniques that just would not have been possible any other way. This foundation has been nothing but professional and helpful in all aspects of their support. I thank them each and every time I use my electronic balances and other technical equipment to demonstrate Biological processes in my classrooms.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A recipient of grant funding.

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

Increase the maximum grant monies to allow for purchasing equipment that can bring the most recent technology to the classroom.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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To help kids 'see' things that are abstract was something I have always enjoyed doing. My project involved middle grades students creating "The Perfect High School". This was to include making it highly energy efficient and green, along with high comfort levels and useful space needs. The plans my students came up with and the visions they had amazed me. We were not able to complete the project due to its size and time, but I believe they will always think about and use the ideas we presented and built into out model school. I thank this foundation was wise and innovative in seeing the importance of assisting me with the costs for this project, and I hope to continue and complete it next school year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Macon County, North Carolina

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

Ask for representatives to visit to see what is happening with the money they have given.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have written a grant each year which was chosen and funded by KIds in Need Foundation. This past year I wrote a grant asking for material to teach my students the alphabet using fun activities. Each letter of the alphabet was represented by a letter word to bring inside the classroom for the week. By conducting this for each letter of the alphabet my students were able to use personal experiences to connect to each letter. (Examples: Ant Farm (A), Bubble (B), Homemade Crayons (C) and so on.) Since our school along with educational funds everywhere are being cut, this grant was a wonderful gift. In our parish we are allowed an allotment of $100.00, however the rest of the year material comes out of my pocket. This opportunity has offered and fulfilled my request by helping me as a teacher and my students academics.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

grants awarded to me. I typed lessons to fulfill my students needs and kids in need granted me with material to obtain the memorable experiences I wanted to offer.

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

not do anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very appreciative of The Kids In Need Program. Their support of education enabled our 6th grade students to dive into a plankton study of our local bay. This included baseline studys of what plankton they can find as well as a citizen science participation of harmful alage blooms. The students are sharing their learning with the 120 younger students at our elementary school and will culminate with working with local scientists and plankton art and trading card projects. This has been a powerful place-based scientific cross curricular study. Thank you!
Sheryl Sotelo, Educator
McNeil Canyon Elementary
Homer, Alaska

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through receiving this grant. I appreciate the organized and professional manner that the grant is awarded and the communication also enables the project to get started and to happen!

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

I have had a positive experience so have no suggested changes other than possibly making some larger grants available like perhaps $1000 - $5000 categories.

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