Vision

We believe every child in America should have equal opportunity and access to a quality education.

Mission

By partnering with teachers and students in under-resourced schools, we provide the support needed for teachers to teach and learners to learn.

Happy teacher and students with school supplies

Core Values

The Value of Education.

A quality education is the best gateway to opportunity, and students cannot achieve their full potential without it.

The Value of Teachers.

Teachers know what's essential to helping students learn. They are the key to unlocking a student's potential.

The Value of Dignity.

We strive to serve in a way that recognizes and protects the inherent dignity of both teachers and students.

Kids In Need Foundation believes every child in America should have equal opportunity and access to a quality education. 

Promoting equity in schools is an invaluable social investment that gives children a deeper perspective and knowledge both about themselves and the world around them, and thereby empowers them to make wise decisions for their future.

Since March of 2020, education has undoubtedly been one of the most disrupted aspects of life as we knew it. Learning environments varied widely from school to school and week to week. While teachers and students gained their footing and re-adjusted to in-person learning in 2021, social conversations about systemic oppression and racism sparked criticism, protests, and additional challenges. 

And yet, teachers and students persisted. Teachers dug in to ensure their students were learning–many times at the expense of their own personal wellbeing. The creativity and composure of teachers across the country led the way as they did everything they could to meet the needs of students in their classrooms. 

At Kids In Need Foundation, our mission persisted, too. We believe every child in America deserves equal opportunity and access to a quality education. By providing those critical core supplies to the nation’s most vulnerable students, learning can continue–without placing the financial burden on teachers to furnish their classroom needs. With a continued focus on schools with a student enrollment of 70 percent or more students eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), alongside our National Network of Resource Centers, which is comprised of more than 40 independent nonprofit organizations nationwide, and our partners, we supported more students than ever before.

In 2021, Kids In Need Foundation supported over 7.8 million students and 316,900 teachers through 13,807 under-resourced schools. More than $162 million was distributed in free supplies and classroom resources nationwide. As it relates to program efficiency ratio, we’re pleased to have increased from an already impressive 94 percent in 2020 to a remarkable 98 percent in 2021.  

Mission Impact

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What We Do

Your donations fund Kids In Need Foundation programs, designed to empower under-resourced teachers and students by providing the supplies they need to succeed.

Supply A Teacher

Provides teachers in underserved schools with a semester’s worth of essential school supplies for their class of students. Donors and partners can fund an individual teacher, school, or entire district with critically-needed learning resources.

Supply A Student

Provides a backpack filled with school supplies to a student in need. While individuals can provide support for students, this program inspires groups and companies to come together to host backpack builds, fundraise to adopt an underserved school, or provide company match programs.

Second Responder®

Provides supplies to teachers and students affected by natural disasters. KINF works with local authorities, schools, and sponsors to help students return to their routines with the tools they need to continue their education.

National Network of Resource Centers

Connects more than 40 partner organizations across the country to help distribute much-needed school supplies to local under-resourced teachers and students in schools with a high percentage of students participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Every Teacher, Every Day (ETED)

Provides ALL teachers with a searchable resource library full of lesson plans and activities, a safe and supportive community space, and tons of content that will have you laughing and nodding. All of this is provided for every single educator, at no cost. Ever.

Who We Are

Kids In Need Foundation • 2719 Patton Rd., Roseville, MN 55113 • 612-465-0135

Dawn Southgate, Yoobi - Board Chair

Guy Rau, Waterford Bank, N.A. - Board Vice-Chair

Nick Endsley, Sebaly, Shillito, + Dyer - Secretary

Al Cobb, Fidelity Investments (retired) - Treasurer 

Susan Fulginiti, Georgia Pacific - Immediate Past Chair

Peter Fahrenkopf, Shurtape Technologies (retired)  

Bill Briggs, Deloitte 

Brad Demsky, ArtSkills 

Ayana Johnson, Jabil 

Jeff Keohane, Newell Brands 

Paul Kurtz, ACCO 

Sarah Kydd, bluum 

Michael Linnerooth, 3M 

Victor Pham, Blue Sky 

Terry Reed,  Comfort Systems USA 

Jane Thompson, A Gift for Teaching 

Greg Works, Microsoft 

Executive

Corey Gordon, CEO

Suzanne Werdann, VP, Brand Strategy and Engagement, swerdann@kinf.org

Wade Jones, VP, Finance and Operations, wjones@kinf.org

Paul Wilson, VP, Development, pwilson@kinf.org

Program Leadership 

Caitlin Stack, National Programs Sr. Director, cstack@kinf.org

Michaela Becker, National Network Director, mbecker@kinf.org