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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation -

I want to express my appreciation for your generosity in support of my classroom. Your generous donation allowed me to purchase: notebooks; several packs of colored construction paper; crayons; markers; painting supplies and much more! The art supplies were used in my classroom throughout the year, to assist students from low-income households get needed school supplies.

Your assistance means so much to me, but even more to my wonderful students. Once again, thank you for your generous donations. My students were so excited to see their new supplies.

With gratitude,

Ms. S. Marrero
Eberhart Elementary School

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach in a low income area in Los Angeles. I teach 2nd grade... and I love it! However, teaching meaningful lessons and exciting topics can be difficult when funds are limited. Kids In Need Foundation has helped my students by supplementing our school budget for special hands-on projects that make learning fun and engaging! This year, my students had the opportunity to learn about ocean pollution and our waste management system all because of our close encounter with a real living being... hermit crabs. We welcomed hermit crabs as our class pets and learned how our trash can end up in their natural environment. We learned ways to reduce our trash and help our oceans stay clean. None of this would have been possible without the grant I received from Kids In Need Foundation. A big thank you from Mrs. Carrillo's class!

Seilarine P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

KINF has been a life saver to my students and I this year. They have afforded us the opportunity to be creative and to experience learning through the grant I received. My students are all from the inner city and their exposure to America are limited by the boundaries of their neighborhood. I enjoy the opportunity that KINF has afford to open the doors to a whole new environment through their funding. There is still much work to be done, but what a great avenue to a beginning.

Jolyn K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a grant for my students to create abacuses. The project was great and very meaningful, as I made it a parent-child activity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need is wonderful! I have been awarded 2 grants to complete hands-on science and social studies projects with my Special Education students. It has provided me with the opportunity to purchase supplies that I would never have access to otherwise. In a low-income, high-minority school with access to little outside funding and no PTA or similar supports in place, Kids in Need is a lifesaver!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation is a wonderful program for my classroom and students. The grants I have received from them have helped fund projects in my classroom that otherwise would have never taken place. The grant application is very easy to fill out and the program services are very helpful. All of my questions were answered quickly and they were professional.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Kids In Need Foundation for everything you have done for our school and for my classroom. We have been assigned to local Walgreens for the last four years to receive donated school supplies. They were very much needed by many of our students. I also appreciate the many grant opportunities that Kids in Need has offered -the exciting materials gained from these grants have made the difference in our learning. Keep up the great work for our kids!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach in a high poverty district near Chicago. The Kids in Need Foundation has consistently helped our school get connected with other corporations to receive school supplies. These supplies have made a big difference to students and their families who would not have otherwise been able to purchase these items. We are also a fine arts magnet school with limited funds to acquire art and set materials. Kids in Need matched us up for a year with three stores who are generously donating art supplies. We could not be happier with our partnership with Kids in Need. Thank you!!!

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Cassie11

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids in Need Foundation was a positive, driving force in my school this year. They provided my classroom with books of poetry, writing supplies, and everything we needed to read, write, publish books of our own poetry to be distributed throughout our community, and to perform Spoken Word Poetry right in our school. Also, for the first time ever, one of our graduating Seniors performed an original Spoken Word Piece during our graduation ceremony: the theme was "Undefeated." Thanks to nonprofit organizations like the Kids in Needs Foundation, at-risk students like mine have access to resources that will empower teachers and students to create learning experiences that both challenge and engage students in studies that truly matter to them, in studies that stimulate them. This school year was such a success. The Kids in Need Foundation helped make this possible. There's a saying that goes, "Where magic is allowed, magic will occur." You helped magic happen this year. Not only did the Kids in Need Foundation bring my students together, providing us with everything we needed to create an unforgettable school year, you are the reason that over the summer, many of my students will continue to meet to read poetry, write poetry, listen to poetry readings, and even perform their own poetry within at community. The Kids in Need Foundation ignited a love of poetry in my classes that will not easily be extinguished. Thank you. I hope you will continue to support my school and to support schools like mine. Education is the great equalizer in life, but not all schools are equal. Great Nonprofits help even the playing field, the "learning field" filling in the gaps for students like my own. Teaching is what I do best and is one of the things I love best in life period. A gift to my students is a gift to me. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an incredible experience this school year with the help of the grant we received through Elmer's Glue, Kids in Need Foundation. Our gardening grant has allowed us to grow and work in real life growing experiences to increase our students scientific and literacy learning. Engaging middle school students so they enjoy what they are doing and making a a positive impact on their learning has been a wonderful time this year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids were so lucky to have money donated to our sewing project. Each month and through the month for the whole year and years to come we got to enjoy all the wonderful tools that were given to us. The kids learned how to sew using a needle and thread, sewing machine, craft projects and even made things to be donated to a local charity. All of this really aligned with the Montessori lessons and the Common core standards. I'm so thankful we were picked. Thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working with Kids In Need for many years. My students have benefitted from the generous donations and Grant opportunities provided by the Kids In Need Foundation. My students received grant materials and supplies to create a variety of books, study the art of Rembrandt and have an in depth learning of the elements of art, specifically value. They have also received kind donations from our Kids In Need Resource Center where Staples, Target and JoAnn Fabric materials and supplies were in abundance. Thank you so much for providing my students with the opportunity to study historic information and the materials needed to complete the projects. It made their learning come to life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Physical educator with Dayton Public schools and I received a grant from the kids in need foundation. This was a huge help in building our P.E. program. I was able to purchase items that allowed me to create a multi sensory unit on balance. This unit was very hands on for the students and they are already asking if we will do it again next year. It was a blessing to receive the funds to help us create such a unique experience for our students that would have not been possible without the grant funding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I serve at a K-5 school with an almost 98% poverty rate. You donations provide grants for classroom teachers in high poverty areas. These grants allow teachers to incorporate creative and fun projects and materials that otherwise would have to be paid by the teacher.
I have been lucky enough to receive one of these grants and it helped to make my teaching better for students. Students were more engaged and had more fun learning because of the materials and activities Kids in Need provided my classroom! Please help this wonderful nonprofit if you can!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 2nd grade teacher in a high poverty school and was in need of math manipulatives to help my students learn their simple math facts. I found out about the Kids in Need Foundation through and email, typed up a proposal and was awarded a $330 grant. I purchased several Hot Dots pens and various Hot Dots flash cards as well as electronic flash cards. I incorporated them into my math games center and students loved "playing" with them daily. I plan on applying for yet another grant this upcoming school year since I'll be teaching at a new school and in a new grade.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids In Need Foundation is a truly professional organization with a heart of gold. This organization strives to help the children that need it most. I am so honored to have been a grant recipient this past year.My students' academic growth in reading have shown what can be possible when students are supplied with enough supplies and materials in order to provide them with hands-on, engaging learning strategies. This organization has made a positive impact both on myself and my students. We will be forever grateful for the generosity of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a middle school US History teacher and I am so appreciative of the Kids In Need Foundation and the support they provide to teachers across the country. I have had access to instructional materials that I would not have been able to acquire without funding from Kids In Need. They are a great organization! They also use an accountability process so you know as a donor that your financial support is being used wisely. I work at a Title I school which means that more than 50% of our students are on the free or reduced lunch program. Many of my students don't come to school with the basic supplies. Even though I spend a lot of money out of my own pocket to provide the necessary materials for my students, the additional resources that I can provide to my students through grants from KIds In Need make my lessons much more effective and allow these students to gain a greater knowledge of the curriculum. Thank you Kids In Need for all of your support.
Larry B.
US History Teacher

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their grant helped my special needs students with their sight words this year! I have seen vast improvement! Thank you for your help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of working with the Kids in Need Foundation for the past two years. The good works and generous grants that have been given to deserving schools and students is overwhelming. I am pleased that I was able to receive funding for the art program at our school. We could not have functioned effectively without the generous support of the Kids in Need Foundation. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As one of the 34 teacher resource centers served by The Kids in Need Foundation I can say without reservation that KINF is making a wonderful difference for students in need all over Western New York. As teachers marvel at the quality and quantity of what they receive we are quick to note that it is due in large part to the tireless work of the staff at KINF as they reach out in a 1000 ways to touch the countless lives of teachers, students in need and volunteers they will never see. John Mika Director The Teacher's Desk, Buffalo NY

2 Tiffany41

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization gave me a grant to help my special needs students with their IEP objectives of sight words. I was able to purchase $500 dollars of products, as a second year teacher! Their sight word identification progress and writing skills have improved tremendously as a result of the items purchased! We were able to use sight word stamps to create cards for police officers and firefighters in our area for Public Safety Week. This organization believed in me and my students! They deserve 5 stars for what they do to help teachers!