Human Services

Kids In Need Foundation

  • Dayton, OH
  • www.kinf.org

Mission Statement

The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization with offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 40 affiliates and jr. affiliates where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, Kids In Need Supply Box grants provide preK-12 educators in the U.S. with school supplies for entire classrooms of low income students in areas not served by Resource Centers. 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 $922 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and 200,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $2 million in grants to teachers. Kids In Need has received Charity Navigator's highest four-star rating, indicating that it operates in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America.

Main Programs

  1. Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers
  2. Teacher Grants Program
  3. School Ready Supplies Program
  4. Second Responder®
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers serves students and teachers in 40 select cities in the U.S. The School Ready Supplies program can provide backpacks with supplies in any community or at any school in the U.S. The Kids In Need Teacher Grants program is available to all certified preK-12 teachers in the U.S. Second Responder® is available to any community affected by a natural disaster, such as tornado, hurricane, flood, or wild fires.

ruling year

1995

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. David H Smith

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, School Supplies, Teacher Grants, School Disaster Relief efforts,

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EIN

31-1437587

 Number

6611803251

Physical Address

3055 Kettering Blvd. Ste 119

Dayton, OH 45439 1989

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Children from impoverished families arrive every day at school willing and ready to learn, but lack the needed supplies like pencils, paper and notebooks. Teachers, seeing this need every day, will buy the needed supplies by spending their own money. The Kids In Need Foundation seeks to ease this financial burden by providing an avenue for teachers to obtain these supplies free-of-charge through the Kids In Need National Network of 40 Resource Centers. The Foundation also awards grants to teachers to provide supplies to entire classrooms of students, as well as assists in the development of community school supply giveaway programs through its School Ready Supplies program. We do this on a permanent, national basis because of generous corporate partners and sponsors. With more corporate, individual, and community support, the Foundation will be able to serve even more of the more than 16 million children living in poverty who could benefit from the Foundation's year-round work.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers

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 40 Resource Centers throughout the country that make up the National Network.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$125,000,000

Program 2

Teacher Grants Program

In 2017, the emphasis of the Teacher Grants program will change from awarding funds to teachers to conduct projects in their classrooms to providing school supplies to teachers to distribute directly to their students. These grants will no longer be project based but will be based on the financial needs of the students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

125,000

Program 3

School Ready Supplies Program

The Kids In Need Foundation also partners with national and local companies in communities not served by Kids In Need Resource Centers to provide backpacks full of school supplies to students most in need.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

450,000

Program 4

Second Responder®

Second Responder® provides free backpacks filled with school supplies to students in communities affected by natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wild fires.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

100,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    * Procure more product to feed to the Centers, getting free school supplies into the hands of an increased number of children in need

    * Support the efforts of the Resource Centers by offering significant education in areas that will have a positive impact on their everyday operations.

    * Increase awareness of the Kids In Need Foundation among corporate and consumer populations.

    * Serve 10 million students annually by the year 2020.





  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In keeping with our mission to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need, the Resource Center program provides free school supplies to impoverished students and underfunded teachers throughout America. To date, Kids In Need has distributed a total of more than $922 million worth of supplies to students, now supporting the classroom readiness of 5.4 million children annually. The National Network of Resource Centers consists of 40 facilities nationwide empowering teachers from qualified high-poverty schools to obtain supplies needed by their students, positively impacting millions of students, resulting in improved test scores, attendance, and classroom behavior. The most critical lasting benefit of providing school supplies to children who would otherwise do without is that these children receive a more thorough and significant education because they are able to participate more effectively in the classroom learning process, so they succeed more often in the classroom.
    One of the ways we are increasing the number of students being served is to add affiliate Resource Centers to the National Network. Another method is to procure and distribute additional product to the Centers in the network so they can add qualified schools to their rosters of those they serve, which means more students receive supplies. Media outlets have contacted us for information concerning what teachers spend out of their own pockets to provide their students with supplies. To alleviate teachers of that burden is one of the original reasons the Resource Centers program was established. The thinking of the Board and Committees working to implement the strategic plan is that increasing awareness of what we do will in turn help establish us as the authority in this area. The program is promoted in local media, education publications, education websites, education blogs, mommy blogs, and broadcast emails.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The purpose/goal of the Resource Centers program is to provide free school supplies to children attending pre-K through 12th grade public, private, parochial, and charter schools in the immediate areas covered by the Resource Centers in the national network that have at least 70 percent of students enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. Teachers from the designated schools are invited to shop at their local Resource Centers to obtain the school supplies needed by their students. The role of the Kids In Need Foundation is to get the school supplies to the Resource Centers to put on their shelves for the teachers to take. In addition, the three remaining programs of the Foundation, School Ready Supplies, Second Responder, and Teacher Grants provides supplies to students not currently served by the Resource Centers.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    With the necessary school supplies, students will succeed at school. This will be demonstrated by better attendance, higher test scores, less disruptive behavior, and improved feelings of self worth.

    We have used and will continue to use information and testimonials gathered from teachers who take the supplies back to their students. It is their stories and statistics that are the true indicators of the program's impact. We will also utilize outcome measurements published by the Centers.

    We survey teachers and the Resource Centers to measure the impact of our programs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Kids In Need Foundation was established in 1995 by the school supplies and office products industry to make a contribution to the well-being of students and teachers, their primary customers. The Foundation initially defined two programs -- Resource Centers and Teacher Grants -- as the means to fulfill its mission of providing free school supplies to kids who need them. The Foundation was headquartered in Dayton, Ohio and had two employees. Today the Foundation has offices in both Dayton and Minneaplis, MN, and has 12 employees. In 1997, the Foundation opened its first Resource Center, a free store for teachers, in Chicago. At the time, no other national non-profit organization was claiming this mission nor operating free stores for teachers.

    At the end of 1999, the Foundation had opened five Resource Centers across the country, including the one in Minneapolis, and the concept of a facility set up like a retail store where teachers from low income schools could go to obtain free supplies for their students started catching on. People from all fifty states started contacting us to find out how to start a Resource Center. Finally, we wrote a detailed manual with that information and put it on our website to help grow the concept of getting free supplies to students most in need. In 2006, the Stanford Social Innovation Review of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business cited the free store for teachers concept as an innovative idea that works. Now in 2017, there are 40 Resource Centers in the Kids In Need National Network. Scores of similar facilities operate across the United States that are not part of Kids In Need, and we still get five or six inquiries about starting a Center every year.

    Since 1995, the Kids In Need Foundation has met all kinds of economic challenges to continue to grow the number of donors, the amount of funds raised, and the number of children and teachers served. The most critical challenge we've faced as an organization has been building awareness. We've had difficulty being covered by national media. That changed in December of 2014 when the NBC Nightly News featured the Foundation in its broadcast. It is still not the easiest thing to get national media coverage, but our work has attracted many national media outlets now as awareness has grown about the need children from low income families have for adequate tools to succeed in the classroom.
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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers serves students and teachers in 40 select cities in the U.S. The School Ready Supplies program can provide backpacks with supplies in any community or at any school in the U.S. The Kids In Need Teacher Grants program is available to all certified preK-12 teachers in the U.S. Second Responder® is available to any community affected by a natural disaster, such as tornado, hurricane, flood, or wild fires.

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Funding Needs

The number one funding need is unrestricted corporate and individual cash donations. When these donations are unrestricted, the funds can be applied to the programs or departments where they are most needed to serve students and teachers in the best possible way. At the same time, funds donated to build our inventory of backpacks filled with school supplies are critical to our being able to provide supplies in a timely manner to students and teachers suddenly affected by natural disasters. Sponsorships and donations made to the School Ready Supplies program, the Supply Box Teacher Grants program, and the annual Gala help us reach out to students and teachers not currently being served by the National Network of Resource Centers.

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Financials

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KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Kids In Need Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. David H Smith

BIO

With more than 30 years experience working in the school supplies and office products industry, Dave Smith brings great knowledge to the Kids In Need Foundation as its executive director. Dave was there when the Foundation was established in 1995. Over the years he served as a volunteer on the Board of Directors, chairing the Board for two years, and served on various committees. In 2006, the Board asked Dave to assume the executive director's position for the Foundation, which he did, and he has led Kids In Need toward increased national awareness for the purpose of serving more children in need. Dave is a native of New Jersey, lived in Minneapolis for more than 30 years, but is now a resident of Arizona.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Although we serve 5.4 million students annually, it is important that we continue to help more children.  The need is so great; 16 million children live in families that cannot provide the basic school supplies needed by their children.  Kids In Need must acquire new donors to see that all students are able to participate in classroom learning experiences."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Anne Bannister

Community Advocate

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2017

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity