LOVING BOTTOMS DIAPER BANK

Galesburg, IL   |  www.lovingbottoms.org

Mission

To provide diapers to children, incontinence supplies to seniors, and period products to menstruators, through community partners, increasing health, wellness, security, and independence.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mrs. Lee Ann Porter

Main address

77 S. Henderson St.

Galesburg, IL 61401 USA

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EIN

47-5163997

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Programs and results

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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?

Diapers

Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank provides free diapers to children through local social service partner agencies that serve low-income families in the West/Central Illinois area. Because Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank provides a consistent supply of diapers each month (50 diapers) which are size-matched to each child, our partner agencies can incorporate diapers into the services they provide to their clients. The agencies work directly with the clients they serve and qualify families to receive diapers. After the agencies receive diapers from Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank, the agencies are responsible for tracking the distribution of diapers to each client. As part of the distribution tracking process, agencies use the Loving Bottoms database management system to document the distribution and demographic information on each client. Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank's goal is to collaborate and distribute through agencies with sustainable programs that serve the neediest children.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Our period supply program, The Monthly, provides access to free period supplies to local menstruators throughout the West/Central Illinois area. Without access to period supplies, menstruators are often forced to use diapers, t-shirts, tissues, and other household items to manage their flow. For young menstruators, sneaking off to the bathroom to change a tampon or pad already feels embarrassing enough, but add in using an item that isn’t made for periods, and it's even worse (and potentially dangerous). Not having period supplies can cause anxiety on top of embarrassment, and often leads to women and girls missing work, school, doctor’s appointments, social events, and other daily responsibilities. Periods shouldn’t keep menstruators in Illinois from living their lives, and at Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank, we won’t let them!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Young adults
Older adults

This program provides Incontiences supplies to community partner agencies that support seniors in need. Access to incontinence pads and briefs helps improve the health and well-being of seniors and sustain them during a time of financial hardship.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

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
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank partners with local social service agencies who distribute diapers directly to their clients.

Number of products distributed

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

Diapers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number specifically identifies the number of distributed diapers.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Diapers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank relies on volunteers to wrap diapers into bundles, fill agency orders, and assemble period kits.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We have three broad goals for Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank through the end of 2022. The main theme for all is GROWTH.

Goal 1: Growth of Program
Within the growth of our program, we would like to
--distribute 1/2 million diapers
--distribute 5,000 period kits
--increase the number of partner agencies we distribute diapers & period kits to

Goal 2: Growth of Revenue
Within the growth of our revenue, we would like to
--increase our annual revenue year over year
--remain fiscally sound by operating within our annual budget
--design and implement a Fund Development Strategic Plan

Goal 3: Growth of Community
Within the growth of our community, we would like to
--create a robust public relations campaign
--construct a strategic marketing and communications plan
--strategically collaborate to help positively impact poverty

Goal 1: Growth of Program
Our strategies for growing our program can be condensed into two main items: bringing on part-time volunteer to manage our diaper distribution program and implementing an inventory management and reporting system to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our program.

Goal 2: Growth of Revenue
Building out and populating our donor database will be the foundation of the successful growth of our revenue. Once we're properly organized, we can create a development plan that capitalizes on our strengths to grow at an aggressive but attainable rate.

Goal 3: Growth of Community
The foundation of our desire to grow our community begins with diaper need awareness. Once we raise awareness of diaper need & need for period equity in the West Central Illinois Area and the existence of Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank to combat it, we will have more strategic and meaningful connections to other agencies.

Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank is uniquely qualified to wipe out diaper need and period poverty because it is the first and only diaper bank of its kind in the West Central Illinois Area. No other organization has taken on these causes by providing partner agencies with the items their clients ask for consistently but they aren't able to provide: diapers and period supplies. By using the partner agency distribution model, we are ensuring our products are part of a larger hand up out of poverty. As a proven incentive to a monthly touchpoint of case management and other critical services, our diapers motivate families to put in the work, show up to their appointments, and consequently start to move forward out of poverty.

We also have the support of the National Diaper Bank Network and diaper banks across the country that offer incredible guidance, support, research, and brainstorming.

LBDB has grown exponentially since first giving diapers to one partner agency in March of 2016. Monthly distribution grew from 750 diapers in January 2016 to 8,500 in December 2017. In a very short amount of time, LBDB exceeded program goals and fostered support from local communities, providing 191,000 diapers in 2019. As a result of the global pandemic in 2020, LBDB distributed over half a million diapers to over 10,000 west-central Illinois area children in need, far surpassing annual goals. We are on track to distribute at the same level in 2022. The theme for the next three years is growth: growth of our diaper distribution program, our revenue, and our presence within the community.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.)

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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LOVING BOTTOMS DIAPER BANK

Board of directors
as of 04/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Mary Gerhing


Board co-chair

Mrs Janet Stokes

Krista Bushmaker

Rhonda Hillyer

Alexis Batchelder

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/12/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.