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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.

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125 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation helped our arts education school our first couple years so we could have supplies to teach our children ELA and Drama Standards. We were able to purchase costume pieces and props for plays students created based on social studies and science units of study. Thank you so much for helping us! We couldn't have done it without you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Drama teacher at a new arts integrated elementary school in South Carolina. In case you don't know, an arts integrated school teaches language arts, science, math and social studies through the arts. Our school is currently finishing its second year.

We have taught in the "backyard" of another school's campus. All but one of our teachers has been in a single-wide trailer. Most of our students come from lower income families. Some of our state's politicians would axe the arts in a second if they could.

I do not mention this to complain. I say this because without organizations such as Kids in Need Foundation, our students would go without in more ways. Thanks to this foundation and their generous grants, we have received much needed supplies to help us teach our children.

The employees are very friendly, helpful and professional. Thank you so much Kids in Need Foundation for your generous support of our school and the arts. You are helping to make our community, state, the country and the world a better place!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation has supported projects in my classroom for several years. Our school is in a high poverty area where all students receive free lunch. Our textbooks are 10-20 years old, and our other resources are limited or non-existent. Thanks to KINF for allowing me to bring enriching activities to the children I teach year after year. It would not be possible without them, and I am very grateful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been the happy recipient of a few grants from KINF, and the funds have enabled me to enrich my students in ways that have created joy in learning, excitement and awe. I enjoy providing my students with "extras" and KINF has been a great source for me to do so.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids in Need Foundation has been an invaluable resource to me over the past few years. Through the Elmer's Teacher Toolkit grant, I have found a wealth of great project ideas, and the funds to actually undertake them in my K - 5 science lab. The foundation has allowed me to do some WOW projects with my students. Gaining student interest early on in the sciences is key to ignite a lifelong interest. My school is a Title 1 school, and my budget is zero, so any cool things I wish to undertake come out of my own pocket. I most recently received funding to undertake some vermicomposting activities. The squeals and fascination of students observing the worms, asking really insightful questions and getting hooked on science are what make my job rewarding.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having Kids in Need Foundation believe in my teaching pedagogy and believe in my students has provided us with the tools to excel in class on a daily basis. THANK YOU from every single child you've touched!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to be able to receive this very generous grant to support my special needs students with Reading and Language Arts academic skills. The materials and supplies will help to strengthen skills by providing small group or individual independent hands on activities to students.
Thank you so very much.
Sincerely,
Linda Solomon
K-3 Special Education

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Courtney27

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so appreciative of the Kids in Need Foundation! They are providing me with funds and school supplies to help make sure my students get the best chance they can. Coming from an impoverished school in a large, poor, inner-city district, I need all the help I can get. The opportunity to provide students with free school supplies and then teach them about the USA in a hands-on, art-based way is tremendous. Thank you so much!

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Belinda S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been recipient for the past two years. I love Kids In Need it is because this program my classroom has been able to complete projects and gain the opportunity to explore many wonderful projects and learn how to be responsible to taking care of the materials they receive as well as learn how to share with others. I would like to thank Kids In Need once again for helping our school continue to receive materials that are desperately needed in our class. We could not do it without you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The grant I have been given has been so helpful in providing new experiences to the students in my class who would otherwise not be able to experience these things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For the last four years in August, our YMCA has been working with the Kids in Need Foundation to supply more than 2,200 students annually with school supplies. The effort is sponsored by a major corporation. The KINF shipment has always arrived on time--the day before our big annual event. We purchase our own backpacks, and employees from the corporation stuff backpacks and box them, and attach a special note of encouragement for every individual student. The boxes are delivered to different program partners.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids in Need Foundation has helped my students tremendously. Students are able to learn lessons powered by engaging activities. The Kids in Need Foundation has helped me by taking away that worry of how to afford to teach an activity based concept when school funds aren't available. It's hard to ask economically challenged famililes to provide materials or my family to excuse my spending out of our budget so finding this foundation has been a true blessing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I believe that the program was great assistance to me. I loved working on my cover letter and fixing my resume I feel that I can get any job now. the staff was very helpful and dedicated in assisting the whole class. I was very exited to do the mock interviews it showed we where I could really nail a interview and were I messed up at.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher in a small, rural school district. I have received several Kids in Need grants over the past few years. I can honestly that they have made SUCH a difference!

In science, we have been able to do numerous hands-on experiments. I have observed the students' excitement for science ignite. Their comprehension of content was higher. We would not have had the ability to do this without the grant support.

In language arts, my students have written poetry and had their own books published. I noticed quality of writing and effort improve as they knew the book would be published. The excitement when the finished books arrived was fun to see.

In social studies, we have been able to do a fun culminating project where students created movies to highlight what they learned and then we held an "Academy Award" day and previewed the movies and handed out awards. This was the highlight of their year!

None of these would have happened for my students without the funding from Kids in Need and their sponsors.

This organization is wonderful to work with. Communication is quick and easy. The expectations and year end reports are clear. The Kids in Need Foundation has made a big impact on the students in our small community! ... Many thanks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher at Constellation Community Schools Mansfield Elementary and I received a grant from Elmer's Glue to do a reading project with my school. The grant was for $500 and I was able to purchase books to give away to the students in the school. The children who received the books are from lower income and many do not have books at home to read. They were thrilled with the gift.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation will change the lives and experiences of the students in my class. The resources that they provide will give students access to much needed and often unattainable supplies and resources. This donation will truly make my job easier. Hands-on learning skills are retained more and more fun too!!!!

Hope200

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an art teacher in an K-8 elementary Title 1 school. I recently won a grant for a ceramics project called "Whimsical Dinnerware." The grant money arrived as scheduled and our supplies were purchased at the local ceramics store. My art students loved working with clay. They never would have had this opportunity without the Kids in Need Foundation grant. I highly recommend them for helping Title 1 schools get grants they need to allow their students to experience success in new materials that they normally would not encounter. We are fortunate to be the recipient of a new ceramics grant for the 2013-14 school year and are very excited.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to the Kids in Need Foundation, who has granted my students at San Andreas High School the opportunity to use resources they might have never had access to without their help. I look forward to implementing the resources into my curriculum that they have made available to me.
Thanks again for your time and consideration, Ms. Andi DuMoulin

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Tiffany13

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids in Need Foundation truly is a wonderful organization with an important and vital mission. The idea of giving back to teachers, students, and the community as a whole is awesome and certainly much needed. It is important to ensure that educators who are passionate about meeting the needs of children that they impact daily are given that chance to do so. The Kids in Need Foundation gives both teachers and students a chance to experience success and to have access to the supplies and resources that are needed to ensure success. As an educator, I refuse to be a part of the problem, so when I saw that the Kids in Need Foundation could assist me with becoming a part of the solution, I took advantage of this wonderful opportunity. I was able to create an innovative learning project for my students that will help them for years to come. I teach students with behavior and emotional disabilities and physically aggressive behaviors.

The program encouraged students to behave well, make good decisions, build healthy relationships, exhibit more positive social behaviors, avoid negative or aggressive behaviors, develop a sense of connectedness and belonging, all while closing the achievement gap. The parental involvement component was designed to help parents develop skills to reduce problem behaviors, to improve parent/child relationships, generalize appropriate behaviors to the natural home and community environment outside of the school setting. Various forms of creative expression and hands on activities were interwoven into the curriculum to promote positive social interaction and to encourage self expression as a therapeutic means of dealing with problem behavior.

The use of experiential workshops, speakers, role plays, games, creative play, and bibliotherapy, and access to a mental health therapist assisted with learning coping skills and the ability to control anger and reduce aggressive tendencies. Students showed an increase level of control of their emotions and were able to focus more on academics and being a successful student.

The Parent Night Event would be sponsored by the students who would present what thy have learned to the parents. This way the children would be giving back to their parents and parents in the community and helping their parents and other parents deal with the stressors of parenting a difficult child or a child with a disability.

Thank you again and I will apply again next year as my students truly learned a lot and gained some important skills that caused them to be transformed and transformed others in the process, including myself and their parents.

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Joey4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to receive a grant from the Kids in Need Foundation & Elmer's. This fall I will be able to begin a exciting and educational activity with the students in my class. I teach for an inner city public school where 100% of our students receive free lunch. There is very little money available for truly creative projects. This fall my students will begin to make a scrapbook of their writing. This grant was easy to apply for and they had a wide variety of activities that you could choose from. Each month we will add 2-3 stories, reports, poems, etc to their scrapbook. This scrapbook will then be something that they will be able to keep for the rest of their lives. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity that KINF and Elmer's has provided for me and my students. Thanks so much.

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Laura135

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are so many things in life that we as adults can not control, especially for our students. As an educator I refuse to let that be an excuse for learning in my classroom and thanks to great programs like the "Kids In Need Foundation" they have allied with me to make sure my students have supplies and materials to help them achieve success. My students come to school to learn and succeed, not to worry about if they have pencils, crayons, and books.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I filled out the form for a grant and dreamed that I might receive it. When I was notified that I actually DID, I was on cloud nine! I am so excited to be able to do an activity with my students that would normally not be possible because of there not being funding for it. My students will be very excited to complete the autobiography board activity that we DO now have the funding for! THANK YOU!!!

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