Kids In Need Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   169 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  

I have been a recipient of the Kids In Need Foundation grant for three consecutive years now and the grant made a huge impact on my students. They helped me hone my students' skills and abilities through funded projects. We need more programs like this in helping teachers provide fun and educational activities for the children. They staff is also very approachable whenever I have questions or clarifications about a certain grant. I highly recommend Kids In Need Foundation to all teachers across America.

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This is a wonderful charity that helps the students and teachers who need it most!

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The kids in need foundation has provided grant money to allow my math students to learn math with hands on projects that they may not have had the opportunity to do without the grants. Turning learning math into an adventure makes the students learn with enthusiasm and will hopefully start changing the way the general population views math. Mathematics is very practical and learnable! Thank you for providing the funding for fun math projects for my English learners in math class!

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Let more people know about how awesome the organization is for kids!

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Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The kids in need foundation's grant allowed my students to experience math in a practical hands-on way. They really enjoyed making the circular coasters, and I learned a lot about their home countries from their creative stories through this project. I work in a title 1 school where many of my students live in extreme poverty. It was exciting to see the students actively engaged in their project. Many of them gave their project to a relative as a gift as well. As ESL students, the kids get to experience many things in America that they never dreamed of in their home country, yet many miss their home country. This project gave them a way to share about their home country and take pride in their heritage. Thank you!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have recieved two grants from this fund. It is the most hassle free organization that I have worked with. They have faith that you are a professional and let you spend the money to help teach your lesson.

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I really think that this organization has this system down. You can create your own ideas or use somone elses. The ideas are grouped by subject matter. Very efficient.

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a recipient of the Kids In Need Foundation. I teach in a school where 99% of the kids receive free lunch. The grant gave our Kindergarten kids (125 kids) explore fruits and vegetables they have not seen and tasted. The project promoted healthy eating to the Kindergartners in our school. It was a very awesome experience to them. They had so much fun! Thank you so much!

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

not change anything.

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Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kids in Need Foundation helped provide my classroom with a grant to create a quilt for my student to better know one another. I am very grateful for their generous contribution!

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I wouldn't change anything.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found my experience to be very favorable. If you are someone who has not tried to write a grant before this is a great place to start. The process was very easy to understand. I really appreciated my grant and my sponcer for their help.

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I was able to listen to several of my students and there parents give me positive feedback about this project.

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I would not make any changes at this time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

I found it on the internet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The application process was straight forward and easy to follow. The intent was sincere without a lot of hoops to jump through. There were not a lot of restrictions so many could apply for the grant. We will be using the funds at the end of the school year for a project, but the entire process went very smoothly. This is a great program!

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By receiving this grant it has allowed me to do a project with my class that is beyond the funding of public education.

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