Kids In Need National Network Summit

Groups and individuals who attend the Kids In Need National Network Summit share a common mission: to provide free school supplies to children in need.

The 2015 Summit will be held June 24-26 in Atlanta, GA.

The 2015 Summit Is Proudly Sponsored by
Dixon Ticonderoga Company     Prang Power


Hosted by

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Hotel and Event Location

Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown

35 14th Street NE 

Atlanta  GA  30309  


Click Here to visit the hotel website for additional transportation, amenity, and local area information.

The Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown is approximately 13 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. This hotel does not provide an airport shuttle.  Uber provides transportation to the Midtown area of Atlanta.  Click Here to learn more.

The KINF Summit Rate has now expired.  To make reservations, please contact the hotel directly for rate and availability information.  

2015 Preliminary Event Schedule

Wednesday June 24:

Registration & Badge Pickup:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (hotel lobby)

Buses will depart from the Atlanta Marriott Midtown promptly at 3:00 pm

3:30 – 4:45 pm     Meet & Greet

5:00 – 6:15 pm     Resource Center Tour

6:30 – 8:30 pm     Annual Welcome Dinner

Buses will return to hotel at approximately 9:00 pm

Thursday June 25:

7:00 am – 8:30 am   Opening Breakfast

8:30 am – 5:00 pm   Plenary, Breakout, and Networking Sessions 

Friday June 26:

7:00 am – 8:00 am   Opening Breakfast

8:00 am – 2:00 pm  Plenary, Breakout, and Networking Sessions  
If at all possible please avoid scheduling outbound flights prior to 4pm. Early departures greatly decrease the networking engagement of the final Summit sessions.

$125 for KINF Affiliates, $150 for non-affiliates.
Early-bird pricing is available through 5/31/15.

Register Now

Registration Fee per person includes:

  • Welcome Dinner (including transportation)
  • Tour of the Atlanta Kids In Need Resource Center (including transportation)
  • Two phenomenal days of educational sessions
  • Activities specifically engineered for networking
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Thursday
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Friday

Travel and lodging costs are not included in your registration fee. Registration fees are refundable at a rate of 50% through May 15 only; tickets purchased after May 15 are non-refundable.



What is the purpose of the Summit?

The Summit is a means of exchanging ideas and information about operating a free store for teachers. It is an arena for exchanging best practices, solving problems, bragging a little bit about successes, and gaining new insight into the challenges of operating a store.

Who attends the Summit?

  • Staff and volunteers of free stores for teachers from all across the U.S.
  • Individuals who are in the midst of establishing local free stores for teachers
  • Individuals who are thinking about starting local free stores for teachers

Whether it’s at a workshop or during informal conversations with fellow attendees, the following are some of the topics that have been covered during previous events:

  • Innovations in Supply Chain
  • Marketing Strategies for Non Profits
  • Public Relations
  • Branding
  • Merchandising
  • Fundraising/Innovative Grant Writing
  • Sustainability, Growth, & Development
  • Governance
  • Measureable Results
  • Advocacy
  • Networking Meals
  • Free Store School

If I attend, what do I have to do?

As a participant in the Summit, we hope you will come prepared to talk and to listen. The Summit is an informal gathering where you will feel free to offer information based on your own experiences and ask questions based on your own needs. The value of the Summit is to hear how others are doing things and to share your expertise with the other attendees.

What topics are most frequently discussed?

Uppermost in everyone’s minds are fundraising and product procurement. However, other relevant topics are discussed; for instance, merchandising the store, marketing and public relations, volunteer recruitment and management, and inventory control always come up during the course of the two-day event. If there is not a scheduled time for topics in which you are interested, there are always opportunities to bring up topics in conversations at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or during your free time with the other attendees.

What if I am new to the free store world? Will I fit in?

Absolutely. What everyone at the Summit has in common is the dedication to providing free school supplies to kids and teachers who need them. Even if you have never attended a Summit before, you immediately fit in because of this common mission.

To receive information about the next Summit, contact Jennifer Lehman at