Kids In Need Foundation

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Kids In Need Foundation
Main logo.gif
Founded 1995
Type 501(c)(3) charity
Focus Children's education
Area served
Method School supplies, and grants for teachers
Key people
Executive Director David Smith,
Director of Marketing and Communications Penny Hawk
Slogan 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 Foundation is an American national 501(c)(3) charity that provides free school supplies to teachers and students and grants to teachers to assist in the education of America's children.

School Ready Supplies[edit]

The School Ready Supplies program distributes backpacks and supplies sponsored and financed by companies or philanthropic organizations for specific schools or districts, so that children outside of the eligible area of the Resource Centers have a chance to receive free school supplies as well.[1]

The two kits available to sponsors are as follows:
Elementary for students K-5
Secondary for students between 6th and 12th grade.[2]

Teacher Grants[edit]

Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide funds ($100–$500) for teachers with innovative classroom projects for which no other funding is available. Teachers with creative classroom projects enter an application explaining the idea which is subsequently reviewed according to a rubric which emphasizes innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. The application period is from July 15 to September 30 each year. While the number of grants given out changes yearly, 200-300 grants usually are awarded each year.[3]

Charity Navigator's 4-Star Charity Award[edit]

The Kids In Need Foundation has received Charity Navigator's 4-Star Charity Award for several years. According to Charity Navigator's website, a 4-star award shows that charity "[e]xceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than most charities in its Cause." [4]

National Network of Resource Centers[edit]

The Kids In Need Foundation contributes product to 29 Resource Centers across the country where teachers go to get free school supplies for their students in need. Product is donated to Kids In Need by manufacturers and retailers who provide school supplies, other classroom items, teaching materials, and merchandise teachers use as rewards and incentives. These donations are distributed to the Resource Centers. Teachers who work at schools in each Center's local area that have large student populations on the federal free and reduced lunch program go to the Centers to get free supplies for their students. The resource centers are located in:[1][5]

  • Atlanta Kids In Need Resource Center Atlanta
  • Beaumont, TX School Tools
  • Buffalo The Teacher's Desk
  • Charleston Teachers' Supply Closet
  • Charlotte Classroom Central
  • Cincinnati Crayons to Computers
  • Cleveland Cleveland Kids In Need Resource Center
  • Dayton, OH Crayons to Classrooms
  • Detroit Operation: Kid Equip Teachers' Annex
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL Tools for Schools Broward
  • Indianapolis Teacher's Treasures
  • Las Vegas Teacher EXCHANGE
  • Los Angeles Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • Minneapolis Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center
  • Newark, NJ Tools 4 Schools
  • Orlando A Gift for Teaching
  • Pharr, TX School Tools
  • Portland, ME Ruth's Reusable Resources
  • Portland, OR Schoolhouse Supplies
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA Inland Empire United Way - Schools Tools
  • St. Louis KidSmart - Tools for Learning
  • Tampa Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools
  • Valdosta, GA Teacher's Harvest

Teacher Resource Centers operated by World Vision:

  • Appalachia
  • Chicago
  • Dallas, TX
  • New York City
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, D.C.


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Kids In Need Foundation; director of marketing and communications

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