Nebraska Diaper Bank

Changing Diapers. Changing Lives.

Omaha, NE   |  www.nebraskadiaperbank.org

Mission

The mission of Nebraska Diaper Bank is to provide diapers through collaborative partnerships to change lives and empower families in need. Diapers are basic needs for families in the U.S.; as essential to their health and well-being as shelter and clothing. Yet 1 in 3 families in Nebraska struggle to afford enough clean diapers. Households who are considered food insecure also have a high rate of diaper need for babies in their home. Nebraska Diaper Bank's goal is to eliminate the existence of diaper need in the community so that all babies can be happy, healthy, and safe.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Tegan Reed

Main address

9100 F St Suite 100

Omaha, NE 68127 USA

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Formerly known as

LIFEhouse Partnership

EIN

47-4953614

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nebraska Diaper Bank a 501c3 nonprofit diaper bank, fills the gap in safety net coverage for baby diapers. Clean, dry diapers are necessary to the health and well being of growing babies. Yet many families struggle to provide enough diapers for their child’s daily needs. Necessities such as food, rent and other basics come first. This means there is not enough money to purchase diapers, which are not covered by any federal safety net program such as SNAP (formerly food stamps) nor can they be purchased through the WIC program. Diapers are not covered by Medicaid.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Diaper Bank

Diaper Need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby happy, healthy and clean. At The Life House we prioritize the needs of babies in our community.

Diaper banks are revolutionizing the way communities care for new parents all across America. The critical moment when a struggling family welcomes a little one can be a tipping point, where the overwhelming cost of diapers can mean the difference between prosperity and heartache. No parent should have to compromise the health of their child, so we go to great lengths to offer a solution, including:

-Diaper sizes Newborn through 6, so no parent feels the need to squeeze a baby into too small a diaper

-High quality name brand diapers by request, for sensitive bottoms

-An unparalleled 60-70 diapers per month, depending on the size

-Diapers for up to two children per family

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Diaper Bank

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Life House partners with local social service agencies who distribute diapers directly to their clients.

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Diaper Bank

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of products distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Diaper Bank

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number identifies the number of distributed diapers.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Diaper Bank

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Life House relies on volunteers to wrap diapers into bundles and fill agency orders.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is a heartland without diaper need where families thrive and all babies are happy, healthy and safe. We provide diapers through collaborative partnerships to change lives & empower families in need. A diaper bank model reaches the most children by partnering with social service agencies and religious organizations to extend our reach in the Heartland. The diaper bank approach limits unnecessary duplication of services, reduces administrative expenses, and works collaboratively to solve a basic human need at the community level for infants and young children.

Building our Future: Organization development and governance. Fund and donor development.
Expanding our Impact: Program and service delivery and development.
Establishing our Identity: Client and market development and delivery.

Nebraska Diaper Bank is the first agency in Nebraska partnered with the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) and the only organization partnered with NDBN in the Greater Omaha Area. Through this partnership we have bulk buying power that allows us to purchase diapers at about half of the retail cost. This enables us to get more diapers to more babies. Our unique position as the sole Omaha Area agency partnered with NDBN gives us space to grow and propels us forward in our mission of diapering little ones.

2017: 43,580 diapers distributed to 714 children through direct distribution
2018: 54,119 diapers distributed to 902 children through direct distribution
2019: 243,474 diapers distributed to 3,388 children through direct distribution, emergency response to flood relief, and South Omaha satellite location
2020: 503,936 diapers distributed to 3,932 children through direct distribution, emergency COVID-19 response and diaper bank partner agencies
2021: 592,545 diapers distributed to 4,399 children through direct distribution and diaper bank partner agencies

In 2019 we assisted with Nebraska Flood Relief efforts through social services agencies in the affected areas and also assisted the American Red Cross by providing diapers to get to “hard to reach” areas. In May of 2019 we started a South Omaha satellite location where we created access to diapers for families in South Omaha. We quickly learned that we couldn’t reach enough families in need through direct distribution and shifted our focus to create a partner model.

In 2020, we were able to implement a diaper bank model as the primary program of our organization. With the pandemic, we knew immediate action was needed to best serve the community and provide diapers to as many families as possible. At the beginning of the year, we created temporary emergency response partnerships. While providing diapers on an emergency basis, we created our diaper bank program that would encourage long-term and sustainable partnerships. At the end of 2020 we had three diaper bank partner agencies and continued to directly distribute to families in need.

In 2021, with our diaper bank program established and functioning, we focused on increasing partnerships with other social service agencies across the Greater Omaha Area to create better access to diapers. We added an additional 8 partner agencies throughout 2021, expanding into Sarpy and Thurston Counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie County in Iowa.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nebraska Diaper Bank

Board of directors
as of 4/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ryan Saunders

Springfield Platteview Community Schools

Term: 2017 -

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/24/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability