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This is how the Kids In Need Foundation operates: through a national network of Resource Centers, teachers can get free supplies for their students who are in need. We do not donate supplies directly to other organizations or families. The supplies must be acquired through teachers who have shopping privileges at the Resource Centers. All supplies donated to us by manufacturers and retailers go immediately to the Resource Centers. We do not have a warehouse from which we can draw supplies, so we do not donate supplies directly to other organizations, schools, families, or individuals.

Kids In Need Resource Center Affiliate Program

The Resource Centers in the Kids In Need National Network are located throughout the country and provide free school supplies to needy children. They operate in a retail environment and offer teachers the opportunity to "shop" for their students' basic school supply needs.

KIN Affiliates:

Applications submitted for consideration must meet certain criteria.

Are you interested in becoming a Kids In Need Affiliate?

Please review the following questions:

  1. Has your center been in operation for at least 1 year?
  2. Are you able to show financial viability and sustainability?
  3. Does your center serve schools at 70% or greater FARL ?
  4. Do teachers shop free of charge?
  5. Does your center have good community support?

If you answered yes to these questions, please apply for Affiliate Status.

If you are interested in applying for Affiliate Status but have been open less than one year, you can apply for Junior Affiliate status. The Junior Affiliate status is for centers interested in becoming Affiliates but may still be challenged or growing in some key areas of operation. Junior Affiliates will receive hands-on mentoring, assistance, and learning opportunities through Kids In Need and the Affiliate Network for a period of two years.

Junior Affiliate      Full Affiliate

The Process:

Step 1—Complete application and submit additional required materials for review.

Step 2—KINF Resource Center Specialist will contact you and schedule a site visit.

Step 3—Evaluation and recommendations are made by the Resource Center Committee and presented during the October Board of Directors Meeting for vote. The Resource Center Specialist will notify you of the results.

Applications are accepted year round but evaluated once per year. Application and all materials must be submitted by August 1st for consideration at the October Board Meeting.

For more information about becoming an affiliate, contact Jennifer Lehman, Director of Donor Relations and Gift In Kind, at 937-545-0028, or email her at

The Kids In Need Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) charity founded in 1995. Contributions to Kids In Need are tax-deductible to the greatest extent allowed by law.

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