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.
As a Board Member, I continue to be amazed by the intense dedication and broad talent within the Kids In Need Foundation. The genuine commitment of each staff and board member is outstanding, and they hold themselves to the highest standards in both ethical and business practices. It is clear that the mission of the Kids In Need Foundation resonates in the affiliate companies as well as the local community resource centers.
The Kids In Need Foundation is a truly wonderful organization. As a Board Member and director of an affiliate agency that is a member of their National Network of Resource Centers, I can say first hand that they are indeed changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of economically challenged students across the country who cannot afford the basic tools needed for learning every day in the classroom. Well done KINF!
Kids in Need Foundation is a magical group. When I first attended their luncheon I was taken by the unbelievable amount of appreciation for the hard work that teachers do. This was the moment that I decided I had to get involved with this group-- I am now on the Teacher Grant Board.
This is a wonderful organization that provides free school supplies to students across the US who would otherwise not be able to afford the tools needed to be successful in school. I have been a donor for many years and am always impressed each time I visit one of the Resource Centers where local area teachers can visit and "shop" for their classrooms and students. The foundation is very effective and efficient with their funding - more than 95% of every dollar donated goes towards programs! I recommend Kids in Need to family, friends and colleagues as a very worthwhile charity.