Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Kids In Danger

4,677 pageviews

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Consumer Protection, Disaster Aid, Safety Education

Mission: Kids In Danger (KID) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. KID was founded in 1998 by the parents of sixteen-month-old Danny Keysar who died when a portable crib collapsed around his neck in his Chicago childcare home. KID’s mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education, and stronger advocacy for children.

Geographic areas served: national

Programs: To inform parents and care givers about potentially dangerous children's products that have already been recalled; to identify potentially dangerous products before they reach consumers; to convince manufacturers to design safer products;and to improve the effectiveness of the recall process.

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The mission of KID, ensuring children are not exposed to unsafe products via prevention, Awareness and advocacy, is vital to save the lives of innocent children and their families. Nancy Cowles, KIDs executive director, is highly regarded by children product safety experts, legislators and media.

Board Member

Rating: 5

For over 20 years KID has done an amazing job advocating for parents, caregivers, and families to ensure the safety of our children. They partner with all key constituents ranging from government agencies to product development experts, parents to manufacturers, and everyone in between. They have spearheaded legislation that has improved product safety and increased awareness of recalls among all stakeholders. And as KID enters the next two decades they are expanding their focus on creating tools and processes that will improve transparency, expand education, assist new product developers in creating safer products, and strengthen outreach. They do all this with a passionate, hard-working, and down-to-earth staff. They are relentless in their pursuits and I’m excited to be a board member at this pivotal time at KID.

Daisy_Okoye

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning with KID has been the most rewarding positions I served in during my first year as a college undergraduate. The team is fully devoted to expanding informational accessibility regarding child product safety to those caregivers who need it most. The knowledge that the work we've done is changing lives serves as a daily reminder of KID's impact and mission and propels everything we do in KID. I'm grateful to be an active participant!

Alanna D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a program intern for KID, I can truly attest to their dedication and hard work when it comes to being a committed advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children. It's truly inspiring to see what they've accomplished and I can't wait to see what the future holds for them as well as the lives that they impact.

Ashley D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Kids In Danger, I have found it to be a great cause to work for. The people are passionate about saving children and making change for the future and you feel a part of that as a volunteer.

Alyssa R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure working as an intern for Kids in Danger. The intern program is well structured and I have felt supported during my entire time at KID. The staff members are passionate and organized which is a great combination to do work in the field of child advocacy! Overall, I am so thankful that I was accepted for this position and have had the chance to further the mission of the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Between education and outreach, STEM curriculum development, and advocacy, it is apparent why KID has been so successful in its fight for children's product safety. The team is incredibly dedicated and proactive. A fabulous organization!

Riley M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization that does everything it can to make sure the products that families surround their children with are safe. It's an honor to be able to Intern with such an amazing organization that holds an incredibly important mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently an intern at Kids In Danger, and I absolutely love this organization's mission. KID provides such helpful insight into the hazards of children's products and household furniture and hires staff members who work so diligently to raise awareness of and prevent injuries and deaths of children by being so active within their communities and conducting research into various markets. The directors are such genuine and caring people, and they're always making it a point to provide the necessary support and guidance that us interns need at times. Would definitely recommending KID for anyone interested in public health and non-profit organizations!

Samantha H.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern, I’ve learned so much about the necessary accountability of businesses upon recalled products, the risks of children’s products, and means to help protect families in their utility!

Board Member

Rating: 5

FANTASTIC MISSION. LED BY AN EX DIRECTOR WHO IS UNPARALLELED IN HER DEDICATION, ENERGY AND PASSION! LIVES ARE LITERALLY BEING SAVED!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that works actively to protect children

Sabina H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned a great deal while working for this organization and truly believe that its powerful message and mission is imperative for families.

Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit is dedicated to parents and children. They go above and beyond to make sure the public is aware of how to keep our children safe. Through their work, they help parents and the public understand product safety and potential hazards inside and outside the house. Kids in Danger is definitely an organization you should check out!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization always putting children and their safety first!

Stella Van Den E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for 2 years at KID and they do great work. Before volunteering, I had no idea how big the issue of child product safety. In addition, how unknown the issue is. It is an issue that affects every child, parent, and family. KID does great work in getting families the information they need to make sure the products that they are using for their family are safe. As well as, advocating for laws that will make products safer in the first place.

Donor

Rating: 5

KID is a great nonprofit working to protect kids from unsafe products and I’ve had the pleasure of going to their fundraising event and happy to support a worthy cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KID is such a great organization! They bring so much awareness to important issues in the safety of children and infants. They also have fun events!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although KID is a relatively small group, their work to promote awareness for product safety is extremely impressive. KID's dedication to raising awareness for recalled children's products helps promote safety in schools, childcare centers, and homes. A genuinely impressive nonprofit!

Aliya S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids in Danger has educated me on the topic of product safety. Interning at this organization has changed my perspective of the products used by many families on a daily basis. It has educated me on issues such as furniture tip-overs and has encouraged me to share this information with family and friends. Kids in Danger gives a voice to families who have experienced a tragedy and does preventative work to ensure that future incidents do not occur. I greatly value their advocacy efforts.

CribsforKids

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative is proud to be working Kids in Danger to help save babies from accidental, sleep-related death in unsafe products. KIDS is a vital resource for improving children’s product safety and for parents who are looking for information on the safest product for their babies. Thank you for all that you do Nancy Cowles and KIDS!

2 Bilge

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to work as a volunteer and I truly appreciate the work they do. I think that the aim they are fully focused on is amazing.. Child proofing is the first step, but as a parent we need to know more for our kids safety..As a mom to be former volunteer, I have learned a lot. Every parent and grandparent has to follow their hard work..

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a volunteer Board member, working with K.I.D. is a refreshing experience. Depsite their small size and miniscule budget, K.I.D, is highly effective in advancing child safety. They are a strong voice in DC, the press, and is safety standads developmnet organization. Their safety work has helped save countless young lives and prevented scores of injuries.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a current volunteer working with Kids in Danger,I am excited to be supporting an organization which is run by very passionate people. The team is promoting a noble cause - I wish them all the very best!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a pediatrician with a special interest in injury prevention, I rely heavily on KID's frequent and up to date notifications of recalls and other important announcements. This information helps me protect children from needless and potentially tragic injury.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent organization with an important message! 5 stars!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids In Danger is a great organization! What they do is so important and they do it so well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former intern and current volunteer, I truly enjoyed working with Nancy Cowles and the team in order to create safer regulations for children's products. Being a part of this non-profit has helped me become more self-sufficient as well as a team-player. I have learned what it takes to complete projects in a timely, yet successful fashion. I do recommend any student who needs an internship or volunteer placement to give this organization a call!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KID is a great nonprofit organization that works so hard to improve the safety of children's products in many different ways. I'm so glad of being part of the summer team.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am really impressed by KID's TEST program that gives young engineers at top universities contemporary design challenges that affect children's products and their safety.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Educational and informative, KID is a helpful advocate for parents and grandparents to keep up-to-date on safety info, recalls, and best practices. Super friendly environment too!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at KID, it's been incredible to see the dedication that each member of the team brings to the table. KID is full of people who truly want to make the world a safer place for kids. Whether it be sharing recall information and safety advice through social media and workshops, or doing more hands-on projects, like testing products for safety, the team at KID works hard to ensure the safety of children, especially where they should feel safest: in their own home.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning at KID this summer, and I am really impressed by the work and impact of the organization. KID's efforts to ensure child product safety have brought light to an important issue in our consumer driven society and have also become the voice for many. The staff is constantly busy organizing events, reaching out to people through social media, and contacting various companies and policy-makers to further KID's mission. I am excited to continue interning at KID for the rest of the summer as I learn more about the non-profit world!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at KID, I've found the staff and office camaraderie to be super welcoming. Being able to work on various projects for KID showed me how dedicated the nonprofit is to advocating for the development of safer children's products, and to interacting with legislation and legislators on that front. All social media is constantly updated for recalls (such as the IKEA recall), and prevention material is always being put out there to educate the public. I would highly urge others to support KID--it's a wonderful organization with a highly important mission.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

KIDS in Danger presented to our families last night and we would love for Laura Nikolovska, our presenter, to come back again! The safety of our children is of the utmost importance and this organization is very dedicated to educating the public about the safety of children's products. We also received valuable resources than reinforce child safety.

1 Renee68

Donor

Rating: 5

Kids In Danger is a valuable organization particularly in safekeeping helpless and innocent children and their caretakers in the prevention of harmful and/or disastrous products. Prevention and warnings are the key and Kids In Danger strives to achieve this ultimate goal. I fully support this charitable asset.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great, underappreciated charity. Their mission is very important, picking up where the government left off.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Kids In Danger's mission is to inform consumers about dangerous products and practices that can injure or even kill a child. their outreach is small but mighty. i am proud to be a donor as they keep the public informed about recalled products, safe practices for sleep, play and travel, and are a voice in Washington for safe products.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nancy Cowles and KID do great work helping to ensure that products are made to be as safe as possible. Nancy has worked extremely hard in the development of safer standards through ASTM.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids In Danger is a nimble organization with passionate team members and a community of caring individuals who strive to eliminate injury and death with unsafe children's products. their association with government agencies, the media, caring manufacturers and vigilant retailers is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. a huge one.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the Board of Directors, this organization is small but mighty. The passion of everyone at Kids In Danger (KID) is awe inspiring. The mission is to protect our children and educate families, communities and providers. Everyone who hears the KID story is forever touched and gives of themselves in any way possible. The staff is dedicated, hard working and gives 100% everyday. I am proud everyday to be a part of an amazing organization.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

My oldest daughter was in the same daycare and had, at one time, slept in the same portable crib that was responsible for Danny's death. She is alive today and is a beautiful 17 year old with amazing dreams, we are the lucky ones. I was asked to join the board shortly after KID was founded. Being a member of this organization is truly an honor. The passion that surrounds this group is contagious and everyone who hears about the organization, attends an event or meets its founders are truly amazed and moved by it's mission. KID will always be a part of our family and we will continue to support the organization and its cause for many years.

1 Young-Ji C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the chance to intern with KID this summer and so far, I can say I've learned so much about the nonprofit world and what it takes to sustain an organization. Even though the organization's staff size is small, they are doing incredibly big things and doing many important things to keep children safe. Everyone involved with this organization is involved because they deeply care about the cause! I believe Kids In Danger can change the way the general consumer public looks at children's product safety and I wish them only the best in the future.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with KID (Kids In Danger) this past April (2015). I absolutely love it! The ladies (Nancy, Laura & Karen) are so awesome. They are not only well versed in their respective areas of the organization, but they genuinely enjoy what they do and believe in the message KID embodies. I really love the energy of the office and how everyone is there to help, encourage and guide. I truly appreciate all of the kindness and appreciation the ladies have shown me. They make me feel that I am just as much as a vital team member (not just a volunteer) as anyone else, which further fuels my desire to be more involved. Because of KID, the work they do and the ladies, I have decided to get into nonprofit as a career!

Thanks for all that you do!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with Kids in danger recently and I respect the work they are doing for improving children's product safety and educating the people about the products. Laura Nikolovska and Laura Ford are amazing people to work with and they are really flexible. I am happy to support them.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my volunteer job at KID, I can see that KID is a very well-managed organization. They are working hard for children's product safety, no matter through educating parents via several ways or fundraising. Also, the staffs are so nice to work with that I really enjoy working at KID. I am glad to support such a wonderful organization.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Laura and Nick were terrific! They provided a very informative, dynamic presentation and went way above and beyond in supplying educational literature and safety tools for our families. Always a pleasure!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keyser are two of the strongest people I have ever met. With true compassion, they have taken their personal tragedy and created an agency to prevent another family from enduring their pain. Kids in Danger works to improve the safety of children's products and educate people about product recalls. The small staff works tirelessly to spread life saving information. KID truly cares about the greater good. I'm proud to work with them.

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

Kids in Danger is an important organization that advocates for better safety in children's products as well as education surrounding this issue. I became involved with KID through the Board Fellows program at my school, and it has been a fantastic experience working with them this past year. I continue to be impressed with the level of passion exhibited by everyone involved in the organization, as well as their ability to do such great work on such a small budget. Saving children's lives through advocating for the manufacture and use of safer products is such an important and under-served need, and they are truly making an impact.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with KIDS IN DANGER a little over a year ago. This group of dynamic volunteers and small staff work tirelessly to improve product safety for all of our children, grandchildren, friend's children, etc. I am honored to work with a group that does so much on a minimal budget. Bravo and a million thanks for safeguarding our most precious little ones!!!!! Ellen Weller

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I offer my services to Kids in Danger at a reduced rate because I respect them and believe in the work they are doing. They work hard for very important issues of safety for children's products. I have worked directly with several staff members and every one of them is smart, efficient and dedicated. They are a pleasure to work with and I applaud the good work they are doing. Their work makes a difference in the lives of many- past, present and future!

Donor

Rating: 5

This small organization has put every penny to good use in helping to protect the safety of children. I'm glad I support them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at KID over the summer for 10 weeks through the University of Chicago. I definitely value what I learned there, and it helped me understand more about the nonprofit world, the world of recalls and product safety, and the kind of job I would like to pursue. The staff does so much, gives 110% every day! :)

Pam_75

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Laura gave an interactive and highly informational presentation to my Parents of Multiples Club. Everyone in attendance appreciated her laid back style and knowledge about product safety.

Jasmine13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with KID because I love co-founder Linda Ginzel, my inspirational mentor, and because of the necessary work that KID does. Executive Director Nancy Kowles is fantastic, so easy to work with, and runs a tight ship. The entire team makes KID an effective organization. When you donate your time and money, you know it will really go towards making a difference. In an ideal world, there wouldn't be a need for such an organization, but until then, there's KID. In short, KID is great people and great cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Laura came to our organization to discuss staying safe at home. Parents loved hearing about things to watch out for and what they could to do make their home a safer place. She's very knowledgeable about safety and more than willing to connect families to additional resources as needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Head Start program had the pleasure of working with Laura recently. She brought great enthusiasm as well as a wealth of knowledge and resources to our families! She was extremely accommodating and willing to help in any way. I highly recommend this life-saving workshop to all those parenting and/or working with young children!

Client Served

Rating: 5

KIDS is an amazing organization, the value of information that is presented to the world is unique! The presenter, Laura is amazing and really knows the materials. Our clients at Casa Central benefit from this useful information. We recommend utilizing the site and signing up to get the alerts! KIDS really helps save lives.

Diane91

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kids in Danger did a great presentation at our local child care meeting in October. They educated us on unsafe products and they want to make sure all unsafe products are off the market. They work with Consumer Product Safety Commission to help prevent children from being hurt or killed. I would highly recommend them!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about this organization through good friends of mine and I've gladly participated in their fundraisers year after year after learning about the extraordinary things they do to raise awareness of products that pose safety risks for children. A great organization run very well.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KID helps so many families by educating people about unsafe products. They work closely with the CPSC to help prevent children from being hurt or killed by unsafe products. They have worked hard to pass legislation protecting children from dangerous products and to require more stringent testing of products intended for children. Their dedication to the safety of children is inspiring and gives me hope that we can keep children safe.

1 Amy_112

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When Danny tragically died due to a malfunction of equipment, my niece was a child in the same care placement. It could have easily been her. I cannot imagine the parents, as well as the care provider's sadness, anger, and emotional roller coaster ride at a death that is preventable. Kids In Danger is an amazing organization who's continued checks and balances of manufactured, child oriented equipment keeps kids safer. I highly recommend this organization to increase the number of safe and reliable products for kids.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a parent I can't imagine anything worse than experiencing a child being injured or killed by a faulty childrens product. Yet, companies are out there developing children's products that are at times dangerous or have been recalled and they don't do enough to warn parents about potential hazards (or actual recalls). In steps Kids In Danger. If it weren't for child safety advocates like the folks at KID or their strong foundation of loyal donors, professionals and media advocates, more children would be injured due to faulty products. Keep up the good work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When toddler Danny Keysar got killed by a Playskool portable crib in 1998, I was a marketing professor at Northwestern University. I'd studied and taught marketing for years, and therefore I knew a lot about how to get products onto the market and into consumers' homes. What I didn't know is what happens when a product proves fatal, and it's recalled. Danny's death prompted me to find out. It is an understatement to say that what I found was disturbing: a federal regulatory system that was underfunded and inept, a legal system that shielded manufacturers from paying for their horrific "mistakes," and consumers who had no idea that the brand name products they trusted - Playskool high chairs, Cosco cribs, Graco strollers, etc. - were inadequately tested and too often, unsafe. Unsafe children's products still make it to the market, but thanks to the tenacious work of Kids in Danger, Congress has passed laws that fill some (if not all) holes in the product safety net, federal regulators are doing a better job of policing the market and holding manufacturers accountable, and more consumers get the word when a product is recalled. Thank you, K.I.D.! Marla Felcher, Ph.D., author of It's No Accident

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been an honor to work with KID over many years through the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. KID is a valued resource in providing data, public education and policy recommendations to prevent and reduce the burden of childhood injury. Its attention to product safety, recall and regulation is among its most vital and valuable activities. Moreover, its availability and accessibility to consumers and responsiveness to their needs (often to those whose children experience injury or death due to unregulated or recalled products) is significant. I am privileged to work with Nancy Cowles, Executive Director on the Illinois Home Safety Coaliton under the aegis of the office of IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan where she make outstanding contributions in content and strategy discussions. KID is a small non-profit with limited financial rsources, yet its impact is strong and significant through its jucidicial use of revenues and its enormouse expertise.