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

Click HERE to make your reservations online.

KINF Summit Room Rate $159.00 USD per night price good through May 31. After May 31 special event pricing cannot be guaranteed.

2015 Preliminary Event Schedule

Wednesday June 24:
Registration & Badge Pickup
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Followed by Meet & Greet, Resource Center Tour, and Welcome Dinner

Thursday June 25:
Plenary, Breakout, and Networking Sessions
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday June 26:
Plenary, Breakout, and Networking Sessions
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
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