Dignity Matters Inc

aka Dignity Matters   |   Wayland, MA   |  www.dignity-matters.org

Mission

Dignity Matters enables homeless and low income women and girls to stay healthy, regain self- confidence and live with basic dignity by providing them with monthly access to free menstrual care, underwear and bras.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder and Executive Director

Mrs. Kate Sanetra-Butler

Main address

Dignity Matters, Inc. PO Box 72

Wayland, MA 01778 USA

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EIN

81-4572839

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dignity Matters was created in 2016 to address the lack of access to essential menstrual care and underwear and bras among homeless women and girls in Massachusetts. The need for free menstrual care at shelters, food pantries and schools is overlooked, so Dignity Matters' mission is focused on these necessities. Dignity Matters strives to provide period protection to all Massachusetts women in need to help them restore their dignity, and to remove some of the monthly reoccurring barriers these women face that prevent them from continuing education or work, looking after their families and achieving their other goals. We carry our mission as the available research, data, and our experience and observations at shelters as well as common sense point to the fact that lack of access to reliable, free period protection amongst women it harmful to menstrual health and dignity of women.

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?

Dignity at Schools

"Dignity at Schools" - through this program Dignity Matters supplies menstrual products, sports bras and underwear to over 50 high and middle schools in Greater Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Lawrence in MA and Concord, Nashua and Hudson in NH. We have formed a partnership with Catie's Closet enabling us to supply these items to school closets (run by Catie’s Closet) so that girls can access them within their school building. Recent US study showed that “nearly one in five American girls have either left school early or missed school entirely because they did not have access to period products”*. Another 2017 New York study also proved that providing free period protection to school-aged girls reduced school absenteeism by 2.4%.* Because of the direct link between the provision of free menstrual care to schoolgirls and an increased school attendance Dignity Matters considers it a priority to continue to grow its “Dignity at Schools “ program.
To further support teen girls and their wellbeing, Dignity Matters supplies all 11 Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston with menstrual products as well as after-school programs in MetroWest. We are currently expanding to program to schools in MetroWest area.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

"Dignity at Shelters" Programs supports homeless women at shelters and domestic violence programs with menstrual care and other necessities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Intersex people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

In the short term, we strive to provide free tampons, sanitary napkins and underwear to those women and girls who cannot afford or readily access them. Addressing women’s most basic needs is central to improving the quality of their life, which in turn improves the lives of their family and all those around them. Through our current programs at shelters, public schools, food pantries and medical centers for homeless population, Dignity Matters support 2100 women EVERY MONTH with full period protection, as well as required underwear.
Our long term vision is a world where basic feminine hygiene products are available in all public bathrooms, free of charge, just like toilet paper is (and, incidentally, for similar health and cleanliness reasons). Accomplishing this, ideally though legislative changes, would bring us a big step closer to achieving true equality, which is imperative for a fair and sustainable world where everyone can thrive.

After six years of operations Dignity Matters grew from a small grass-roots organization to the largest reliable provider of period protection and underwear for homeless women in Massachusetts. We currently (2022) serve over 14,000 women each month with all their menstrual needs, as well as underwear and bras to truly provide them with comfort and dignity we all deserve.
To scale up, Dignity Matters went successfully through a strategic shift from predominantly in-kind donations, to a more scalable product purchasing strategy. This higher efficiency model of increased purchases of products directly from a low-cost volume manufacturer quickly enabled us to increase scale of operation by directly delivering the right specification product, straight to the women in most need, with more controlled delivery timing and product batch quantities exactly matching the needs of the shelters, schools, food pantries we support on monthly basis.
We have negotiated extremely low built-to-spec product supply costs and we plan to pursue our strategic shift over the next 3 years to reach over 4,000 women per month (in 2020), 8,000 women monthly in 2021 and 14,000 women in 2022. As of May 2022 we can confirm we achieved the goal and we continue to grow to serve even more women in need.

Dignity Matters is managed by a strong Board of Directors and Advisory Board who work closely together on governance, vision, relationships, advice and funding. Our staffing consists of the Executive Director, Development Director, Foundations Officer, Warehouse Coordinator and Outreach/Volunteers Coordinator. Our mission is also supported by over 100 regular and 500 additional volunteers each year.
Over the last 2 years we also invested heavily in systems and processes to run efficient operation.

In six years Dignity Matters developed 5 programs through which we serve on monthly basis over 14,000 women at:

1) homeless shelters
2) public schools
3) food pantries
5) public colleges and universities
6) textiles program (underwear and bras) for all women we serve

Dignity Matters also organizes bra and underwear fittings (Dignity Beneath the Blouse Program) through which we serve women at shelters in Boston, Cambridge and Metro-West area. During a one half-day bra fitting as many as 150 homeless women can be fitted with new bras.

Dignity Matters parents with over 160 nonprofits EACH MONTH to deliver over 2.4 million free item each year to the community of local women in need.

Financials

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Operations

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Dignity Matters Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kate Sanetra-Butler

Dignity Matters

Term: 2020 - 2022

Kate Sanetra-Butler

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Benjamin Kahrl

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Jennifer Schiller

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Laurie Mills

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Corrie Dretler

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Donna Fernandes

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Board leadership practices

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  • 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

Organizational demographics

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/10/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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.