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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

133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher in an alternative high school. This grant allows me to purchase materials for a new, innovative unit that I could not otherwise afford to give my students access to.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a kindergarten teacher at an "at risk" school. Our students live in a community where outside activity is often limited because of community risks-busy roads, inappropriate adult behaviors, lack of supervision.
This grant will help provide students with movement and problem solving strategies.
The grant was easy to complete and it will benefit over 100 children.

I will apply again next year. The process was easy. Thanks for your support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The application for the grant was very simple and straight forward. Customer service was quick to respond to questions asked. I found out I received the grant in a timely manner.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful that I was able to get a grant for my first graders. They will be so excited to see all the new supplies that I was able to buy with this grant. Thank you so much Kids in Need Foundation

Rebecca73

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is great. I've applied for two Kids in Need grants and won both. They have allowed me to do wonderful projects with my students because I have been able to purchase the art supplies I needed in order to make them happen. I told them what I wanted to do - to make a neighborhood mural - and to use clay to make it three-dimensional and various kinds of metallic sheet material. I was able to dream a project up, submit it to them and before I knew it, I had the money to make this project come alive. They also offer grant projects written by other people with detailed instructions that you can reproduce. You can read through the projects that other people have done and you can duplicate somebody else's wonderful project. They are amazingly supportive and have helped me so much in my art room with my special education students. I am very grateful to this organization and I will continue to apply for grants with them as well as duplicate some of their wonderful projects. I highly recommend teachers use this wonderful foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our School received a grant from Elmer's Glue to help our student to gain knowledge and be more productive members of society. Thank you Elmer's Glue. We love you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Terri Miller. I am a fourth grade teacher at Ralph Wilson Elementary School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I received the Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit Grant in conjunction with The Children in Need Foundation. I teach at a Title I school. My school district is transitioning to the Common Core Curriculum, and this grant is going to be a tremendous help! I am truly grateful for this opportunity to enrich the lives of my students through hands-on activities covering fractions!

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Blair M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been paramount in helping me develop a strong, exciting curriculum for my kiddos. With their support, I'm able to create a dynamic project that I otherwise would not be able to afford.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids in Need has provided my students with an opportunity to access a rigorous opportunity to apply their math and science skills to build electrical houses. As a teacher working in a school and community with limited financial resources I am thankful to be the recipient of a generous grant to expose my students to higher order thinking skills.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This company runs a top notch program that helps so many teachers and students in our District. We are given the opportunity to "shop" for classroom materials that we would otherwise not have or have to pay for out of our own pocket. The selection process is well organized and the materials are plentiful to choose from.

I recently found out about the Elmer Grants that provided additional materials to classrooms. I was fortunate enough to receive one of these grants for the upcoming school year. I look forward to putting these new activities in place. I would not be able to do this without the help from the Kids in Need Foundation. Thank you very much.

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Sonja H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a first-year teacher in a small, rural elementary school. Budget cuts for classroom supplies have made it very difficult to purchase resources for projects like “Galileoville - A Community Simulation” or any project for that matter. An allotted $100 a year barely covers basic resources for the classroom so organizations like the Kids in Need Foundation really are lifesavers. I truly appreciate the opportunity they have provided my classroom next year. (Thank you, Kids in Need Foundation, for your generosity and compassion for our future... my Kindergarten students.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids in Need Foundation is helping me to bring science to life in my special education classroom by providing me with funding to purchase materials to make life size models of human body systems. These models will help my students learn more about human body systems, their various parts and how they work together to create an efficient organism. Thank you KINF for your support!

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