Kids In Need Targets Education16 Sep, 2009 By: Editorial Staff imageSource
Kids In Need Targets Education
You may not know it, but you and your office equipment dealership or
manufacturer can make a big difference to kids’ education. By supporting
children’s education to give them a fresh start, in turn, they one day can make
a positive difference in the world, business or otherwise. Benefactors in our
industry are thankfully helping— but the need is ongoing as more kids seek
help. Did you know that:
• 13 Million U.S. children live below the poverty line
• Many teachers spend $500-$1,000 per year to help purchase supplies for
their students that can’t afford them
In August/September, as the school doors opened to welcome students, many
came without the supplies they need to succeed because they cannot afford them.
Simultaneously, these same schools are unable to give these students or their
teachers all the needed school supplies because of decreased school budgets.
This is where The Kids In Need Foundation helps. The Foundation is the
leading 501(c)(3) national charitable organization providing support for the
education of America’s children. Since its founding in 1995, The Kids In Need
Foundation has distributed over $300 million in Free School Supplies to kids
from impoverished homes in the U.S. and over $1 million dollars in Teacher
Grants to underfunded teachers. Besides the assistance from the larger
manufacturers and retailers, there is still the ever present, ongoing need for
any business to contribute - large or small - to help those children less
fortunate. Sample lines from tradeshows, overstocked stores and warehouses is
product that can help.
In addition, Marathon Projects is Kids In Need’s licensing agent, is
assisting the Foundation in “partnering” with multiple corporations interested
in becoming educational cause licensing partners. Kids In Need has already
signed a few licensees, both manufacturers and retailers among others. Energizer
Batteries and their licensed Energizer branded product (with the Kids In Need
Seal) is being supported at Target with an endcap. Target is also a licensee,
marketing a teacher’s pendant.
Other major retailers such as Office Depot, Joann Fabric and Craft Stores,
Frey Meyer, and Publix supermarket are either national or regional sponsors of
Kids In Need. Recent licensees include TechForEducators.com, an online retailer
of hardware, software and electronics for education, and Innex, a major
distributor of videogame peripherals and accessories. All corporations are
sought to help kids across the country. Are you an organization that can help in
some capacity as well?
All donations in goods/product/funding goes to helping our future generation,
including our upcoming business professionals. Ultimately, helping these kids in
need succeed in school can also help build America’s future - these children
just need your/our assistance to get them there.