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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 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 Teacher 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 $900 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and 160,000 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 Kids In Need on Twitter, http://twitter.com/kidsinneed

Results: The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed more than $900 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and 160,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $2 million in grants to teachers.

Target demographics: students and teachers

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5.4 million students and 160,000 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 41 Resource Centers throughout the country that make up the National Network. The Teacher Grants program provides Teacher Supply Boxes filled with $500 worth of school supplies. The School Ready Supplies program 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

216 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.