Kids in Need Foundation

Kids in Need Foundation
Founded: 1995

Mission:
To ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need across the country.

About the Organization:
Founded in 1995 as the SHOPA (School, Home, and Office Products Association) Foundation for Educational Excellence, the Kids in Need Foundation today is an independent organization that works to provide school supplies to teachers and children. To date, the nonprofit has distributed more than $300 million in school supplies and awarded $1 million in grants to teachers.

Current Programs:
The Kids in Need Foundation provides school supplies to students and teachers through a national network of resource centers, funds innovative classroom projects through its teacher grants program, and helps to develop community school-supply giveaway programs through its School Box program.

Web Site:
The Kids in Need Web site offers information on the organization's programs, including how to become a network affiliate and apply for a teacher grant; an archive of past Kids in Need newsletters; and a list of the organization's partners. The site also provides a link to the Kids in Need Foundation's YouTube page and information on how to support the organization by volunteering or making cash or in-kind donations.

Funding:
The Kids in Need Foundation receives funding primarily from individuals and corporate sponsors.

Contact: David Smith, Executive Director
Phone: (937) 296-1230