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.

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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. 

What is unequivocally true: education is the gateway to empowering students to reach their full potential. Since 1995, Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) has provided the school supplies and learning resources needed to level the playing field, the only national nonprofit to focus its efforts on the country's most underserved schools, those with an enrollment of 70% or more participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

We strategically mobilize our efforts and resources through our foundational programs–Supply A Teacher, Supply A Student, and Second Responder–and our National Network of Resource Centers, a collection of more than 40 well-established, mission-driven organizations across the country. Each year through our programs and Network, we serve an estimated 5 million students, 205,000 teachers, and provide over $70 million in product at no cost to schools or teachers. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

Who We Are

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

Susan Fulginiti, Chair, Georgia-Pacific

Dawn Southgate, Vice Chair, Yoobi

Guy Rau, Treasurer, Waterford Bank, N.A.

Nick Endsley, Secretary, Sebaly, Shillito, + Dyer

David Katz, Immediate Past Chair, CBS Interactive

William Briggs, Deloitte

Brad Demsky, ArtSkills

Peter Fahrenkopf, Shurtape Technologies

Eric Jackel, BIC Consumer Products USA

Ayana Johnson, Jabil

Jeff Keohane, Newell Brands

Paul Kurtz, ACCO

Michael Linnerooth, 3M

Victor Pham, Blue Sky

Jerry Reinhardt, Dollar General

Jane Thompson, A Gift for Teaching

Sekou White, IBM

Executive

    •  Corey Gordon, CEO

    •  Suzanne Werdann, VP, Cause Marketing and Partnership Strategies, swerdann@kinf.org

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

Client Services

Pete Tack, Sr. Manager, Client Services, petet@kinf.org

Communications & PR

Lindsey Mitchell, Sr. Manager, Communications & Campaign Mgmt., lmitchell@kinf.org

Development

Jennifer Lehman, Sr. Dir. of Development & Corporate Partnerships, jenl@kinf.org

Kris Cohn, Sr. Dir. of Development & Corporate Partnerships, kristine.cohn@kinf.org

Paul Wilson, Sr. Dir. of Development & Corporate Partnerships, pwilson@kinf.org

Jeff Dahlman, Dir. of Development & Corporate Partnerships, jeffd@kinf.org

Finance

Becky Shaw, Director of Accounting, beckys@kinf.org

Human Resources

Stefanie Haglund, Director of Human Resources & Volunteer Engagement, shaglund@kinf.org

Marketing

Michaela Becker, Director of Marketing & Brand Experience, mbecker@kinf.org

Mission Impact

Gina Palmer, Director of National Programs, ginap@kinf.org

Operations & Logistics

Matt Eckardt, Sr. Manager, Logistics, meckardt@kinf.org

Technology

Jed Anderson, Director of Technology, janderson@kinf.org