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Kids In Need Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: To ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

Results: Since its founding in 1995, the Kids In Need Foundation has distributed $1 billion worth of free school supplies to students, schools, and teachers.

Target demographics: students and teachers

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 6 million students and nearly 200,000 teachers

Geographic areas served: the USA

Programs: 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 41 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide preK-12 educators with Classroom Supply Boxes filled with $500 worth of school supplies. 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 $1 billion in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting more than 6 million students and nearly 200,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $2 million in grants to teachers. The Kids In Need Foundation has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for nine 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 on Twitter and Instagram @kidsinneed

Community Stories

257 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

My students wanted to work with animals this year. They made 50 "Adopt Me" bandanas and donated them to the Humane Society. Thanks to you we were able to buy needed supplies for our FCCLA project this year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids in Need Foundation supplied a grant to our school so we could purchase supplies and materials to create a rock garden. Each rock created represented the uniqueness of each child and correlated with our "No Place For Hate" program. Thank you for the generous donation!

Dedra D.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Kids in Need Foundation's Grant for classroom materials at A.C.Moore has provided my students the opportunity to experience art projects with materials that are normally too expensive to purchase with basic instructional supply money. I try to choose materials that pair well with art lessons that teach about global cultures and brings another perspective into my student's realm of knowledge. My students have really enjoyed the materials provided by the grant.

Charity Galloway A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm beyond grateful for the amazing opportunity the Kids in Need Foundation provided my special needs preschoolers this school year! We were able to dig into an exploration of the ocean and create a model which allowed our students to build tolerances to sensitivities to various materials while learning about various ocean life. Thank you for your support of little learners!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome, just awesome! I got a grant from AC Moore, and I used the grant to purchase styrofoam pyramids. We decorated them with sequins, paper mache, colored paper. The children really enjoyed it and it was a wonderful end to our Ancient Egypt unit. We did it with First Grade!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Student ownership and initiative are two of the biggest struggles in the classroom environment. Kids In Need Foundation greatly helps me as a teacher get them excited about learning. It provides items I can use as incentive or reward, or as an extension of key skills and objectives we are learning in the classroom. Thank you for helping teachers with out of pocket expenses to make learning successful and fun!

Client Served

Rating: 5

On June 5th., dads were invited to spend time in their child's classroom. Thanks to the Kids In Need Foundation, my young learners worked on a craft with their dads in honor of Father's Day. In addition, the students played with other materials provided by this foundation. Parent involvement provides many benefits. It gives parents an opportunity to see first hand how their child spends their day and also helps build a bridge of learning.
Thank you,
Classroom Teacher MS

Advisor

Rating: 5

GOLD PANNING: Gold was discovered in California on January 24, 1848. Most of the gold found was small pieces. Gold miners used science to separate the gold from the sand. They knew that gold was heavier than sand. Gold miners swirled water and sand in pans.The heavy nuggets would be left behind. However, few miners found gold and became rich. Most of the settlers never discovered gold, but they found a new life in California. The settlers helped the U.S. grow. Each student in class Z22 at P.233Q tried planning to find their own '"gold nuggets'". Like gold miners, students swirled water and sand in pan,the heavy nuggets were left behind. What fun thing to learn during the Westward Expansion!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids In Need Foundation is a great non profit organization. They are very easy to work with and provide a service for the teachers and their scholars. Through the organization, I was able to purchase materials for the scholars to complete their science projects, exit projects and materials for community service day. Included are some photos of the materials and the scholars at work. 5 stars Organization!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This foundation was great! I was able to get my students new bright colored markers, trifolds in bright colors and glitter! They were very excited for the new materials!!

Liz Rieder A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through this organization I am able to obtain materials for my Math class to help with hands-on learning. Not all students respond to the same learning style. Kinesthetic learners need manipulatives to help them master math skills. I am able to purchase various items to assist students and present learning in a different way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent! I was able to purchase items to enhance my students learning experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a grant for my second grade classroom. I was so excited because I have wanted to create a STEAM Club and I finally had the money to start it up. I have had such great feedback from kids and parents. THANK YOU Kids in Need Foundation....I truly appreciated the generosity you showed my students.

I would love to add a photo but all of my photos have students who are not allowed to be photographed. My apologies.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been blessed to get donations for a school project two years in a row. Without their help, the projects could not have been possible. 255 of my students were able to create artwork about Holocaust survivors that impacted the entire school body because they have been displayed in the administration building.

Alicia C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are extremely supportive in providing financial assistance to the students in my district who receive Title 1 funds. Without their help, special projects would not happen. They enable us to foster the creativity in our students through providing materials we cannot always afford.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation is a wonderful organization. I applied for a grant sponsored by Kids in Need and AC Moore. I wrote the grant for materials that my students could use with our class green screen. I was awarded a $100 gift card to the closest AC Moore. It was a wonderful experience and brought so much joy and creativity into my classroom. The supplies will last for multiple years. I will be forever appreciative.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids In Need Foundation has made it possible for inner city students who lack the financial resources to research, explore and create various works of art about Native American Tribes. The students were not only able to read and research information but they were able to create visuals to fully grasp and experience the culture of the various Native American tribes. This was an engaging hands-on project that the students enjoyed very much. They were enthusiastic and eager to learn about the various Native American Tribes and most of all loved creating the art activities. This was all possible because of this amazing organization!

1 Diane R.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for the grant I received to fund my "Artists in the Classroom Club" this past school year! Students kindergarten through second grade got to learn about techniques famous artists used, and then tried the techniques out on their own. We studied and learned about Piet Mondrain, Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock and Georgia O'Keeffe. Students used a variety of materials in their art works. Thank you for your support!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I teach at a school where my students are faced with challenges every day. The district is part of the county with the highest poverty rate in North Carolina. As a teacher, I try throughout the year to provide opportunities for my students that would not normally have the ability to do. That means that I spend a lot of my money to buy supplies for them. By having the Kids In Need Foundation grant, I was able to get supplies for our project relating to the novel study that our district was doing without spending my own money. I am grateful for the foundation and their willingness to support children who are not always able to experience many opportunities on a daily basis.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been able to help so many students with assistance from Kids in Need Foundation. I have received 2 grants through AC Moore with funding from KINF. These grants allowed my students to express themselves creatively without having to worry about limiting what they used. I've also been able to help my students with supplies received through Teacher Supply Closet in Charleston, SC which has received donations from KINF. This operation has allowed me to provide basic school supplies to my students without having to use my own money. I am extremely grateful to Kids in Need Foundation for their help. My students are as well!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With the help of the grant we were able to complete bullying posters that allowed students to show the many ways to deter bullying in society and schools. We even entered into a district competition and one of our students won for the middle years level in the city of Philadelphia. The Kids In Need Foundation is an asset and should be cherished for the work they do and allow us to do with their assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work in a public school which is a suburb of Philadelphia. I have received a grant from the Kids in Need Foundation. My children have benefitted from their generosity.
This past year, each first grader was able to make a scrapbook with their special writing pieces from the year. I had fifty parents in my classroom last week for a Writer's Tea. The students were excited to share their books and the family members loved them. This scrapbook will be a keepsake for each child. This project could not have come to fruition without the Kids in Need Foundation's grant.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids In Need Foundation is an absolute blessing to schools, teachers, and students. My "end in mind" is for no student to leave my class the way they entered, and this foundation makes this possible by providing supplies and materials that help my students accomplish daily activities. Whether it's a pencil or the pencil sharpener, these are the little things that matter to help our students succeed. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a grant through the Kids In Need Foundation. The grant allowed me to purchase materials/supplies to create Stem Bins for my first grade students. They absolutely love the stem bins. The process to apply for the grant was easy. My students and I greatly appreciate the Kids In Need Foundation. This project would not have been possible without them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

For two consecutive years KINF has provided my classroom with grants to support STEM education. The first year we were able to buy supplies to build our own wind chimes to study sound. This year we made slime and built jewelry based on directions written with fractions. These lessons have left my kids excited and wanting to learn more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in need make it easy for me to get the supplies my class needed to have a successful year. And the kids were so excited when the boxes arrived!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been teaching for 10 years and had never heard of Penny Hawk. I was searching for funds to help me with supplies in my classroom. I was able to get a gift card to AC Moore for $100. I used this to purchase paint, paint brushes, and a few small games. I was ecstatic and thankful!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundations supports our students so they can participate in plein air landscape painting at a historic park with sunken ships. What joy they have painting on a cliff above the Potomac River.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I participate in KIN’s Joann’s pick ups. We receive amazing items that my high poverty students adore. This month I received washable spray paint. We painted our peace hall. My students were so excited. Every holiday I have treats for them. I was Able to give bags of treats to every teacher today for National Teacher’s Day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Kids In Need Foundation provides a critical voice in the community for student assistance.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Kids in Need Foundation reaches out and touches the lives of children everyday. This is an excellent organization whose goal is to provide students with the necessary materials that they need to succeed in school! Thank you for your hard work and dedication in supporting educators in their daily lives of teaching!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need provided my classroom with a gift card grant for art supplies! My first graders loved using high quality art materials to create projects during our unit on landforms and bodies of water! This is not a project I would’ve been able to fund by myself, so the grant was very much appreciated and provided an experience my students would’ve otherwise missed. Thanks to Kids in Need!!

Jamie Lee H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids in Need Foundation truly has the best interest in kids and their education! I am a special needs teacher in a school where 100% of our students receive free breakfast and lunch due to low socioeconomic status. We don’t get a lot of funding and my students need so much support while at school. Kids in Need helped get me some extra funds so that I could support my students’ sensory needs in the classroom. I couldn’t be more grateful for receiving new educational items for my students and being able to help support them more in their educational goals. Kids in Need really helped my students get on the right path to success!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a non-profit Early Childhood and After-School Program, we are constantly challenging ourselves to be creative, resourceful and innovative in providing for the 150 children we service, The Help kids in need foundation , Penny Hawk and their donation helped us design and enable the children to create the site's new doctrine and classroom rules and objectives with the materials from A.C. Moore They are colorful, new and created by and for the students

Joanne Reed A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For my library media center, I was in need of supplies to help my students make connections to how we reuse, reduce waste, and repurpose everyday items, in addition to helping to bring a picture book to life. Letting the organization know about my wishes, I was granted $100 to purchase supplies. It was very generous of them to offer opportunities not otherwise possible in places where insufficient budgets must be spent on curricular materials rather than on art supplies to enrich the curriculum. The 3-d paints helped embellish our recycled arts project. Thank you A.C. Moore!

Jewelia L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been so blessed by what this organization did for me, my classroom... and starting next year, my school! I was able to get many things in my classroom to help my class do projects and have needed supplies. We are a Title 1 school and a lot of other resources have come from my own pocket. The gift card at AC Moore was well used and I am forever thankful for organizations such as this that help teachers/school like me!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about how I look forward to receiving your grant application each year! Receiving funding from your organization has allowed me to purchase materials and craft supplies that has provided my Title 1 students hands on learning opportunities they would otherwise not be exposed too! With the Makerspace & STEM learning environment we have been trying to implement without the ACMoore grants this would not have been possible! Thank you for supporting educators like myself and all the kids! ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work in an urban school with nearly all students from low income homes. I used the kids in need foundations to hold a science fair for my students. It was a huge success. Without the kids in need foundations obtaining the supplies for the science fair wouldn't have been possible.

Dayna A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When you're part of an underfunded school system, it is so good to know there are others who believe in your students, want to help them achieve more and they get the best of what they can from their education. Being the art teacher, I wanted to combine both art and science into a unique, one-of-a-kind lesson for my 60 fourth graders. I received $100 to A.C. Moore from the Kids In Need Foundation, which allowed me to purchase materials to create geodes out of borax and water. My students were very serious about this project and its success was not only measured by the smiles it gave each of them, but also when it sparked further interest in geodes, rocks, and crystals. Without assistance from the Kids In Need Foundation, I would not have done this project and would never have been able to combine science and art into my classroom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have received a number of grants in my 21 years of teaching and dealt with many organizations that provide items or funding for teachers. Of all the groups I have dealt with, the Kids In Need Foundation is the best. They have provided me with grants in the past that have had a great impact on my school and my students. Even when I did not receive funding, they were great about communicating that they had many applications and could not fund them all. They make the process of grant submission very easy and communicate with you throughout the process and they alert you when application windows open. I am very grateful for KINF and their staff, especially Penny Hawk.

Danielle Yogi G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need has provided me with a gift card to provide much needed school and art supplies for my class. My class is in an urban school district and with that card I have been able to create a classroom full of life and entusiasm. I have been able to make the space inviting and the kids have been able to create projects to have ownwership in the space.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity is absolutely amazing and has help me an urban teacher create a learning environment that fosters growth. I teach at a school with limted resources where you cant always focus on creating a beautiful environment. Since I recieved the grant, I was able to create a garden theme classroom. Students in the learning garden are taught to be seeds and they must water themselves with knowledge. I was able to purchase crates and vines and bright quality construction paper to create learning tools. Word walls, Library Vines, and Buzzing book crates. I truly appreciate the foundation and the resources it provides.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids In Need Foundation helped me get supplies to start a crocheting and knitting club at my school where students learned to knit or crochet to create projects for a charity of their choice. It was awesome and we couldn't have done it without the Kids In Need Foundation!

Deanna W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation teaming with A.C. Moore turned STEM into STEAM for all kids in 4th grade. We were able to purchase art supplies for students to do a landscape painting with artists at a local park. The students were very proud of their works. We created an art show after the trip so that all could enjoy their works.

Laura L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work as a middle school teacher in Tennessee. Kids in need foundation has helped my classroom significantly by granting us with two grants and a gift card. This greatly helped my students complete a cultural and enhancing project.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came across this organization via a colleague and was amazed at how easy the process of sighing up was. As a first grade teacher who teaches in a Title 1 school, funding for special supplies and projects is very hard to come by. I frequently write grants via DonorsChoose, so I feel as though I have some expertise in this field. The Kids In Need Foundation grant was extremely easy to sign up for, and notifications were sent quickly to notify me that I had been awarded one of the A.C. Moore gift cards. My students used these funds to create STEM projects that counted towards thei rend of year Social Studies/Science grades. Without the funding of this grant, many students would have struggled to complete their end of year assignment. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication in securing funding and offering this grant to local school teachers. My students and I greatly appreciate it!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an elementary school librarian and I teach hundreds of precious children each week. We are a Title I school where more than 70% of our students receive free or reduced price lunch. Some of our children live in a run-down motel and some live in a homeless shelter. Despite any obstacles, our children are curious, kind, creative, and hard-working. Kids In Need has provided grants and supply packs for our school. With these we have been able to provide more enriching activities like an Inventor's Challenge, makerspace challenges, and hands-on STEM lessons. Most of our children only get art once every two weeks. They have loved the art supplies that we have added in our makerspace. Thank you to those who support this wonderful organization! You are making a difference one child at a time!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year I received a KINF grant and was able to fund a math project within my classroom. After an area/perimeter unit, my students were able to build scaled versions of a 'tiny' house they had designed and drafted. Fortunately, ,through this grant I had a large amount of supplies that my students were able to use from Basa wood, fabric, specialty paper, etc. It was wonderful for them and myself to see their houses come to life. Their level of engagement was worth everything! Thanks to KINF for making this project come to life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Helped fund our Preschool Artist Appreciation Show. Can’t thank them enough!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a grant from the Kids In Need Foundation last year for my first grade classroom. The money helped me buy needed art supplies for my children who are mostly from families who struggled financially. The children loved doing art and were thrilled with their finished pieces. My school does not give any money for art supplies and the grant was very appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The KIN Foundation was wonderful to work with last year. They funded our "Picturing Writing" project for our Kindergarten students. Through their generosity we were able to purchase individual sketch books for our students to use as they illustrate their ideas during Writer's Workshop. The grant process was easy to do and our follow up with the company made a sometimes nameless/faceless process seem really connected and personal. The foundation really made a difference for our student's learning.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked at this organization for close to 18 years and was always very proud of the work they do and the way they conduct business. The best part of the Kids In Need Foundation is the impact it makes on the lives of the students it serves. Kids In Need provides them with free school supplies when their families are unable to purchase them. Many children served by them have never even owned their own pencils. All you have to do to understand the difference the organization makes is to imagine you are an eight year old who has never had her own box of crayons and then someone hands you a brand new backpack filled with school supplies and tells you they are all yours!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a board member of this organization that is dedicated to providing school supplies to students who need them most. Through teacher resource centers, the Second Responder program, School Ready Supplies program, and Teacher Supply Boxes, the Foundation helps millions each year. I am most impressed with the incredibly dedicated staff and executive director that work tirelessly to support the mission. The entire team is devoted to ensuring the youth in this country have the supplies they need to thrive in the classroom. We know that when kids have the supplies they need, they perform better in the classroom, their attendance is better, and their confidence improves. The future of this country relies on our youth, and this organization is working to ensure our students will succeed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My donation is in recognition of Carolyn, Nettie, Carlene and Leslie in honor of Mother's Day. These 4 women have all contributed to public education and have influenced generations of learning.

kabarnes525

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids In Need Foundation and the Elmer's Teacher Toolkit Grant provided my third grade art classes with the funds needed to purchase materials for an extensive research project. Through "The Pint-Sized Picassos" project, my students not only created a painting on canvas like the masters, but improved their written, speaking and reading English language skills. My students and I thank these two wonderful organizations for provided us with this opportunity!

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!

Terry94

Advisor

Rating: 5

Over a ten + year period I have written several grants. These grants have funded projects that I would not have been able to do in my classroom with this money. From science students comparing building materials for a bridge design, to comparing DNA of different plants and even starting a free preschool program for at-risk kids using high schoolers as tutors. All of these projects were created with the help of Kids in Need Foundation!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was absolutely thrilled to be a recipient of the Kids In Need Foundation Elmer’s Teacher Toolkit Grant! As a kindergarten teacher, I know how important it is to get kids excited about reading! Because of the KINF, I was able to implement a Dr. Seuss Reading project! Together we read Dr. Seuss books and then conducted STEM activities! Their favorite activity was an Ooey-gooey STEM activity exploring changing states of matter! We made our own Oobleck after reading the Dr. Seuss book,"Bartholomew and the Oobleck." Students also all received their very own copy of a Dr. Seuss book! This was very special as many students do not have books of their own. I am very grateful for the donors and team members at the Kids In Need Foundation!

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!

Yulia B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation helped my students to get supplies for a great hands-on project that they will remember for a long time. I am very grateful to Kids in Need Foundation for giving my students an opportunity to have memorable learning experiences.

Niki J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last summer I stumbled upon the grant opportunities with the Kids In Need Foundation. I wrote several, taking time each day to do so. The grants were easy and fun to write, and then I kind of forgot all about them. You can imagine my surprise and delight in December when I received an email that TWO of my grants were being funded! I was able to purchase materials for a geography unit (globes, maps, interactive maps, map texts, etc.) and I was able to purchase enough flashlights and batteries to launch "Flashlight Friday" in my second grade classroom! My students love to turn off all of the lights and use their flashlights to read on Fridays! I am so grateful to the Kids In Need Foundation and to all of their sponsors for providing my students with these amazing resources!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have written and received grants from Kids In Need Foundation for a few years now....thank you so much!!! The process is very efficient and streamlined...not a lot of filler information needed...just the important facts which I appreciate very much!!! The grants have allowed me to make some amazing projects with my students in our Engineering Design class.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a new teacher, I have so many wonderful ideas for projects to help my students become engaged and understand concepts. However, these projects cost money and without the generous support of organizations like the Kids In Need Foundation I would never have the opportunity to bring these projects to my classroom. My students thoroughly enjoyed our project on diversity awareness using t-shirts !! These projects that KINF support help my students to create a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Alissa F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit is amazing! They have helped fun projects in my classroom for three years now! I also applied for this years grant, and am keeping my fingers crossed! My students have been able to have hands-on exposure to the Latino culture through food and cultural events! It has helped bring the culture alive thus increasing student engagement. I teach in a school with almost 80% free and reduced lunch. With the grant money they provide, I am able to give my students amazing opportunities!