New York, NY -- October 26, 2011 --Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) today announced that, as a result of increased support from its donors, it was ranked among the top 2% of all not-for-profits, including major universities, medical centers, hospitals and charities, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual “Philanthropy 400” list for 2011.
“We are extremely grateful to our charitable partners, as their generous contributions have enabled us to help improve the lives of countless boys and girls in need,” said Janice Weinman, President of K.I.D.S. “With an extraordinary number of families devastated by natural disaster this year, coupled with poverty rates at an all time high, there is a mounting need for new product to help these struggling families. We greatly appreciate the continued support from our partners, as it helps children and families who have nothing of their own experience joy, feel relief and regain pride.”
K.I.D.S. is recognized by leading organizations and rankings for its commitment to, and success in, helping children and families in need. K.I.D.S. is also named among Forbes Magazine’s top 200 agencies and identified as one of “America’s Most Efficient Charities.” The National Better Business Bureau has awarded K.I.D.S. its highest ranking for five years in a row, as has Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the country, which has consecutively awarded K.I.D.S. the “exceptional” four stars rating. In The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “Philanthropy 400” list announced last week, K.I.D.S. was ranked #194, which was up from #213 in 2010 and #330 in 2009.
For 26 years, K.I.D.S. has provided 67 million underprivileged and disaster-struck children with over one billion dollars of NEW clothing, toys, basic necessities, juvenile products, books and much more. The donations of new products are distributed through an established network of nearly 1,000 local community social service agencies in the U.S. and abroad. K.I.D.S.’ efforts reach youth, age 0-18, and their families who are challenged by poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, low literacy, military family service, major illness, incarcerated family members and disaster survival.