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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

125 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Teachers are always busy and truly only have a small amount of time to be able to write grants. I was very impressed with Kids in Need Foundation the process was simple to write the grant and I did not have to worry about the privacy of my students to post photographs.

I do wish that you were a fly in the room to witness the excitement of my students when I arrived on a Monday morning after purchased materials from your funding.

Many of my students live in a challenged environment making a diorama project at home is not a option for them. Many of my students have not been to a museum. Having the materials for Native American dioramas allowed my students to bring history to life. Having them engaged in their worked helped them to really truly learn and enjoy history.

Thank you Kids in Need Foundation for helping my students to experience this living history. It brought the history to life to disadvantaged children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Joseph Calvarino. I am a woodshop teacher that works in a self-contained special education school located in the Bronx NY. All of the students I teach have disabilities that range from autism to emotional disturbance and learning disabilities. All of the students are underprivileged .

Thanks to a generous donation I was able to build a grandfather clock with the students. We not only did a ton of research but also had hands on project based activities that got the kids excited and motivated them to push forward .

Please support the cause !

Kimberly45

Client Served

Rating: 5

I simply love Kids In Need Foundation! They have helped to bring to life several projects for my classroom. Without their continuous support my students would not have exposure to several bright and engaging ideas. One in particular was Carnival Math. My 5th grade students enjoyed creating math problems using fractions and decimals to show how much each item cost. They were able to chaperone and explain it to the Pre-K students who attended our classroom carnival. It was enjoyable for all because learning was going on and treats and prizes were given out. This collaboration across the grade levels left a memorable experience to all of the student participant. Without the funding from KINF my students nor the Pre-K students would have had the exposure and the benefit of experiencing this project. Thank you so much!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am elated to have received this grant in order to help my students engage in math. Because of this grant my students will participate in a classroom carnival filled with math activities, problems and prizes. This will make the learning fun for my students and they are more likely to retain the information that is being learned. On my own, I would not be able to fund this idea, but I am grateful for the Kids in Need Foundation for alloting money to incorporate exciting ideas into the classroom.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation helped make my idea a reality! They made it possible for me to fun my 1st Grade Run Club with the first graders at my elementary school. With their help, I was able to help promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage a love of running with my students and the students in the other classes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank the Elmer's Tool Kit Grant as the funds/lesson provided a great way to introduce the concept of cultural myths and legends. We had a few English and Visual art teachers participate along with the students and they are now incorporating the integrated lesson into their curriculum. This unit provided a vehicle to explore many of our curriculum objectives and I appreciated the opportunity to include fibers into the art classroom.

1 Pam_96

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids In Need Foundation is a wonderful non-profit who enabled my Kindergarten class the ability to taste healthy foods for each letter of the alphabet. We were also able to create a book for each student called Eating the Alphabet!!

2 Anna95

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit is awesome. We were able to make a connection to the community with the sewing project they funded for my Kindergarten class. The children got a lot of fine motor practice with sewing project they funded. We were able to bring small heart to a local nursing home and share time with the residents. It also taught the students about giving back to others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation provided the means for my students to explore online newspaper writing by funding an iPad that they used for documenting school history and current school news. They recorded interviews, took photos, and wrote stories for our school paper. As a librarian in a school with limited technology funding, this iPad expanded the role of library aides from checking out books to online publishing, research, and advertising. Kids in Need made this possible.