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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

204 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

kikikik

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation funded an Eric Carle Festival for my Kindergarten students, enabling us to have the books, art supplies, and puzzles we needed to enjoy a day of fun celebrating one of our favorite authors! It was a day to remember.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need donated to my classroom last year. We were able to make great progress due to the donation. All of my students were able to use tablets and seats in the Lexia reading program each week. At the end of last year, 13 out of 15 students were reading on grade level and proficient. It was a great experience to be able to provide my students the opportunity to have access to a reading program that supplements my teaching at each students ability level. We are still using the program and tablets this year and looking to add to our resources! Thank you so much Kids In Need!

Client Served

Rating: 5

K.I.N.F. is a wonderful organization. The dedication from the foundation far exceeds anyone's expectations. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant last year and was thrilled on how quickly the turn around time was from applying to receiving funds. Thank you so much K.I.N.F.!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Kids in Need! Not only can I visit every semester and load up on much-needed supplies, I can also apply for a Kids in Need grant! Last year I won a grant for almost $500. I taught my students how to create hats and scarves from yarn and looms as well as crochet. They LOVED the experience! They learned a life-long skill, were able to create wearable products and even continue on their own and sell their work. This is an experience we could have never had without Kids in Need.

Brianna20

Client Served

Rating: 5

The students I currently serve all come from low socioeconmic backgrounds and our school has very little funding or budget for classroom supplies. I was hired three years ago to create an art program for our students. With such little funding this was very hard to do. Kids in Need helped me greatly. I was able to get many different basic art supplies from them such as markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue, scissors, and paper as well as many other classroom supplies. Last year I was even able to get air dry clay!!!! I truly believe that a key component in the success of our art program was and is Kids in Need. With their support I was able to provide our students with much needed supplies and I was able to provide even more creative opportunities for our students. Thank you so much Kids in Need, you are truly making a difference in many students and teachers lives! Thank you, thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We needed t-shirts for more than 90 Kindergarten students to conclude a science unit about fabric. Kids In Need Foundation supplied us with grant money for the t-shirts and other supplies we needed to conduct our experiment.

The grant process was not difficult. They communicated regularly with grant recipients so we knew where we were what was happening. They sent the funds when they said they would.

Annie53

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Kids In Need Foundation is a non-profit foundation. They were a life savor when our students were merged with another school. We had limited amount of materials that would help the students continue a high standard of self-esteem. From the free materials to the monetary grants that they supply, has been an enormous benefit to my students from low income homes. Working at a school that is a Title-one school isn't easy when you have to actually pay for the extra thing that your students may need and that's where Kids In Need step up their giving! My first year of teaching, I would not have made it through the school year if Kids In need would not have given me free school supplies ! I am More Than THANKFUL for Kids In Need!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids In Need Foundation funded a grant that allowed my school to build a community garden. The garden has given us many fresh and organic vegetables that the kids get to take home. They love it and we get to teach about eating healthy and growing your own food.