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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!

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!

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!

kikikik

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation funded an Eric Carle Festival for my Kindergarten students, enabling us to have the books, art supplies, and puzzles we needed to enjoy a day of fun celebrating one of our favorite authors! It was a day to remember.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have used Kids In Need Foundation for 2 grants. The application was straight forward and the project ideas were a great help. I will continue to use this foundation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My brother died recently, and my colleagues at the Kids In Need Foundation decided to make a donation of free school supplies to a school in the area where my brother lived in his memory to express their condolences to me. I was so warmed by it. My brother really believed in our mission and helped us promote our work whenever he could. I received a thank you today from the teacher whose students received the supplies. The children were so thrilled, and after she told them why they received the supplies, one of the little boys wanted to write my brother's name on all of his supplies, and a girl in the class said, "This is the best day of my life." That's a legacy of which my brother would have been proud.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids in Need Foundation has been a consistent help through the years for our students by giving us support, basic supplies, and more. They’ve allowed us unique and creative opportunities that went beyond pencils and notebooks. Their generosity provided the spark of enthusiasm which ignited the desire to learn within many students for whom it might not otherwise have occurred. They have enriched our resources and ability to engage the students in a way that has made us all truly in their debt. Thank you KINF for all you have helped us do for the kids in need! Terri C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to be the recipient of a few grants through the KINF. This organization has far exceeded my expectations and surprised me with Teacher of the Year for one of my grant submission ideas. My students thrived with the necessary supplies to publish their own hardcover books. It goes to show you that wonderful companies like KINF do exist and are totally supportive of enriching the lives of students and teachers. It's because of them that I'm able to bring new and innovative ideas into my classroom.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an elementary school teacher that teaches in an area where ninety-nine percent of our students receive free lunch. I think that your organization is providing an opportunity for my students that I would not be able to provide out of pocket for my students myself. I am excited about the project and the hands-on learning that my students will be engaged in.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was granted a project from the Kids in Need Foundation for the 2012-2013 school year. The project I chose to complete was one that I was able to use as a science fair project. Every time I brought out a new items my students looked like it was Christmas morning they were so excited. The Kids in Need Foundation gave me the oppurtunity to purchase items that many of my students had never experienced before. I know that my students had a very meaningful experience and took a lot away from the project and that was partly because of the Kids in Need Foundation. Thank you!

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Cece M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so fortunate to be one of the 2013-2014 recipients of the Kids in Need Foundation Grant. I have taught in Las Vegas, Nevada for six years. My students are going to be so excited as they become deeply involved in the project we submitted for this grant. Thank you to all the generous donors to the Kids in Need Foundation. You are giving our students the opportunity to be engaged in their own learning. This would never become a reality without your support for this program!

Cece Meyer
Teacher
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, Nevada

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This foundation is generous, fair, and proactive. They value student aexerpience and support thwe arts. What more could you ask for?
Thanks so much for everything!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for funding our project. It will greatly help our students do more inquiry-based science projects and incorporate STEM. This will also give our parents opportunities to learn with their children and motivate them to be more involve in our school activities. As soon you approved the grant, I immediately shared the news to my colleagues which resulted to more collaboration. Now we are helping each other decide what task we are going to have in each "Science in a Shoe Box" project.
the result is much better that just doing it by myself! We can't wait for the new school year to start and use the shoebox. I could already see that this is going to be a great one!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Elmer's "Kids In Need Foundation" has given student/athletes @ BC RAIN HIGH SCHOOL-MOBILE, AL
rewarding experiences of self-gradification to become positive and productive citizens w/in their communities. Providing funds from their grant is GREATLY appreciated and will remain an everlasting experience in ALL their lives FOREVER! GOD BLESS ELMER'S "KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION":-)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Kids in Need Foundation for this great opportunity! As a first time recipient I am very thankful for this opportunity given to me. My grade level applied because we were told by our counselor to apply for this grant. It was an easy process. Coming from a Title I school and all the cuts being done with the economy these monies will be greatly used in my classroom this coming year. My students will be working with smart tubs during math instruction . Once again thank you! SG Kindergarten teacher :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids In Need Foundation, through Elmers, is a blessing to teachers in lower income areas. Elmers and Kids in Need Foundation made it easy for me to apply for a grant(s). It was done online, and their director, Penny, is hands on. She personally notified me that my grant had been chosen. This organization is clearly focused on enabling high quality education by focusing on the best interests of the learner and teacher. They have hundreds of pages of engaging projects that you can choose from, and you can search by subject and level. Their grant enables teachers, like you and me, to get the supplies we need to make the common core come alive. This is a 5 Star organization. I highly recommend them to teachers who want to make a difference in their classrooms and do not have the funding available at their schools. Thank you Kids in Need Foundation, for making a difference! - IL Teacher

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids in Need has provided my students with a great opportunity to learn! My students of high risk were able to complete additional cross-curricular projects that they would have missed out on had it not been for the generosity of Kids in Need!

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