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The Kids In Need Foundation and Caring Tree Announce Merger

Kids In Need Foundation and Caring Tree Integrate Operations in Minneapolis and St. Paul

DAYTON, OHIO – OCTOBER 15, 2013 – The Kids In Need Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, announces that Caring Tree will integrate their operations into the Kids In Need Foundation in 2013. This integration will enable Caring Tree to better serve its local constituents as part of the national Kids In Need Foundation organization.

Today’s competitive environment inspired Caring Tree to explore ways to better serve constituents in a sustainable way. As a result, Caring Tree engaged in a strategic restructure. In mid-July 2013, Caring Tree began to integrate its program with the Kids In Need Foundation’s Twin Cities Resource Center. The transition process will run throughout the remainder of 2013. By becoming part of Kids In Need, Caring Tree will help hundreds of thousands, even millions, of boys and girls in the future.

“For more than 20 years, Caring Tree has assisted students across the state of Minnesota, providing more than 200,000 students with supplies. We believe that Caring Tree, their people, and their mission are a perfect fit for the Kids In Need Foundation,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation. “This partnership allows Caring Tree to extend the reach of their giving through the Kids In Need Foundation and continue to help get school supplies to the students who are most in need.”

About the Kids In Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization with offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1995, the Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 29 facilities where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, two Kids In Need Teacher Grant programs provide K-12 educators

with funding to provide innovative learning experiences for students. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed more than $450 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 2.4 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to teachers. Kids In Need has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for four consecutive years, indicating that it operates in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms

most other charities in America, and has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.  For more information, visit www.kinf.org.  Join Kids In Need Foundation on Twitter at twitter.com/kidsinneed and Facebook at facebook.com/kidsinneed.

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