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Charity Spotlight: National Diaper Bank Network

national diaper bank networkNonprofit Name:  National Diaper Bank Network

Website:  www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org

Twitter Handle:  @DiaperNetwork

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/nationaldiaperbanknetwork

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nationaldiaperbanknetwork

Mission/About:

The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in the United States has an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy.

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(Photo Credit: National Diaper Bank Network)

Our mission is three-fold:

  • Raise awareness of diaper need and its pervasiveness in America.
  • Support the development and expansion of community-based diaper banks throughout the country, so each can better meet the basic needs of babies and families.
  • Distribute diapers and funding to our national network of community partners/community-based diaper banks.

 

Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.

  • Research shows that 1 in 3 low-income families don’t have the diapers they need to keep babies clean, cry and healthy.
  • Government assistance program—including food stamps and WIC—do not provide funding for diapers, a basic necessity for babies.
  • According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, there are currently 5.3 million infants and toddlers living in low-income families.

When and who founded the nonprofit?

The National Diaper Bank Network was founded in 2011, by Joanne Goldblum, then executive director of the The Diaper Bank (North Haven, Conn.), following meetings with Westside Baby (Seattle), the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona (Tucson), and the St. Paul Diaper Bank Partnership (McHenry, Ill.), along with members of the Huggies® Leadership Team. The group established NDBN to further national dialog on the collective impact of diaper banks in addressing a most basic need of babies, access to clean diapers.

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NDBN received its 501(c)3 status on October 27, 2011, and officially opened its offices on December 5, 2011

Huggies supports the National Diaper Bank Network as the founding sponsor. Since June 2010, Huggies has worked to combat diaper need through its Every Little Bottom campaign, donating more than 20 million diapers per year to families in need. 

Is the organization a 501c3?  Yes, recognized on October 27, 2011

What is your EIN?  45-2823935 

Link to your organization on Charity Navigator – http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=452823935#.VSUhlxPF8ng 

Link to your organization on GuideStar –

http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/45-2823935/national-diaper-bank-network.aspx 

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How efficient is your nonprofit? What percentage of donations of all product and financial donations received go toward helping others vs. administrative expenses?

96% of donations go to programs.  2% goes to fundraising.  2% goes to management/administrative expenses.

Could you describe the nonprofit?

The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America, by leading a national movement to safeguard one of the most basic needs of all babies and their families…access to clean, dry diapers. Founded in 2011 with the support of Huggies®, the network raises national awareness of diaper need (#DiaperNeed) and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its active membership includes more than 230 diaper banks, diaper closets and food banks located in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. 

Where are you based and what sets the organization apart?

The National Diaper Bank Network (NDNB) is based in New Haven, Connecticut.  NDBN is the center of authority on diaper need in America.  The organization brings national attention to the issue of diaper need through education of and outreach to the general public and national leaders. NDBN mentors individuals and communities starting diaper banks, and helps existing diaper banks do more with available resources. NDBN distributes diapers (currently 20 million diapers donated annually by NDBN founding sponsor Huggies®).and funding (currently $100,000 via our “Funds for Change” micro-grant funding) to member diaper banks in America.

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What initiatives is the organization currently working on?

NDNB’s signature initiative is the national Diaper Need Awareness Week scheduled for September 28 to October 4, 2015.  In it’s fourth year, the week draws public attention to the issue of diaper need; prompts individuals, communities, and elected officials to take action by hosting diaper drives, requesting and issuing proclamations in support of the week; and, encourages public support of the diaper bank community in our joint efforts to get diapers to babies in need. In 2014, 20 states and 85 municipalities issued proclamations. NDBN anticipates more diaper banks and caring communities to participate in 2015.

NDBN is providing policy analysis and diaper need information to state representatives in California, Connecticut and Illinois in support of legislation to eliminate and/or reduce the state sales tax on baby diapers.

NDNB is also administering its $100,000 Funds for Change micro-grant program which provided grants to 60 diaper banks throughout the U.S. The organization plans to continue the program for a second year.

Joanne Goldblum

Joanne Goldblum, Executive Director of National Diaper Bank Network

What annual fundraising events does the organization hold?

NDBN does not hold an annual fundraising event.  Fundraising efforts/opportunities are part of Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 28 – October 4, 2015) and also incorporated in #GivingTuesday efforts. 

What achievements is the organization most proud of?

NDBN is particularly proud of the growth of the network from 54 member diaper banks in 2012 to more than 230 today.  Collectively, NDBN member diaper banks distributed more than 37 million diapers to 1.2 million infants and toddlers in 2014.  20 million of the diapers are made available through the support of the Huggies® brand.

Do you work with any brands on cause marketing products or services?

Huggies® is the founding sponsor of National Diaper Bank Network.  Through its Every Little Bottom campaign, Huggies has contributed more than 60 million diapers to NDBN. The brand also encourages Huggies Rewards members to contribute points to benefit NDBN—a simple donation of 24 Rewards Points can diaper a baby in need for a day.

How can people get involved?

  • Donate diapers and/or dollars to a local diaper bank or to the national efforts via NationalDiaperBankNetwork.org.
  • Host a diaper drive. Information on how to host a diaper drive is available at NationalDiaperBankNetwork.org.
  • Follow NDBN on Twitter and Facebook and help spread awareness with your social media contacts by using the hashtag #DiaperNeed.
  • Request that your elected officials (mayor, city council, county administrator, and/or governor) issue a proclamation recognizing diaper need and Diaper Need Awareness Week in 2015.
  • Volunteer at a local diaper bank.

 

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