Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry

Be The Blessing

aka Changed 901; 901 Period Bank   |   Cordova, TN   |  www.sweetcheeksdiaperministry.org

Mission

The mission of the organization is to meet the basic needs of mothers by providing diapers, wipes, and other necessities for their babies and improving their quality of life.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director and Founder

Cori Smith

Main address

P.O. Box 3352 Suite 13

Cordova, TN 38088 USA

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EIN

82-2982350

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Mun)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry is working to end diaper need and period poverty in our community. Healthy infants need 10-12 diapers every day, while toddlers use 6-8 training pants. That’s a lot! Lack of clean diapers disproportionately affects single parent households and low-income families. Memphis’s overall poverty rate of 28.3% and child poverty rate of 44.3% mean that many local families struggle to diaper their babies. Federal programs such as WIC and SNAP (Food Stamps) do not provide funding for diapers. Limited access to diapers can cost families important opportunities. Licensed daycare providers often require parents to supply diapers. With an adequate supply of diapers costing over $150 per child per month, childcare’s cost can quickly become prohibitive, preventing parents from attending work or school.

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

Our program provides diapers, wipes, and other necessities to low-income families in need. We distribute supplies to families through partner agencies and our monthly distribution drive-thru events. We also provide adult incontinence supplies to the elderly. We are member of The National Diaper Bank Network.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

901 Period Bank provides feminine hygiene products to low-income families in need.  Lack of access to period supplies can lead to health issues and lost opportunities for women. These issues especially impact low-income women: 1 in 5 reports missing work, school, or similar events due to lack of period supplies. Lack of period supplies can result in overstretching product use or using inadequate substitutes, leading to an increased risk of infection. Through our partnership with he Alliance for Period Supplies sponsored by U by Kotex, we are able to bridge that gap.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Momentum Nonprofit Partners 2018

National Diaper Bank Network 2018

Alliance for Period Supplies 2018

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.

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry has experience significant growth over the past two years, and we want to continue the momentum.

Goal 1: Increase Revenue for sustainability
• Secure multi-year funding
• Increase revenue by 50% over prior year
• Implement a vigorous fundraising plan
• Add full-time and part-time staff

Goal 2: Program Growth
• Increase diapers distributed to 500,000 per year
• Increase community distribution events
• Increase partner agencies to help distribute diapers

Goal 3: Increase Community Support
• Secure more community partnerships
• Implement public relations campaign
• Implement communication and marketing campaign
• Collaborate with other nonprofits and government agencies to help combat poverty



Increase Revenue for Sustainability
By building up our donor database we will ensure that we are on the right path for growth. Increasing monthly donors will also ensure future growth. We will capitalize on that growth to strengthen our fundraising plan.

Program Growth
Our strategies for growing our program include hiring a full-time staff to help run the diaper program and to hire a part-time fund development manager to help secure more funding for diapers and supplies.

Increase Community Support
Our goal is to spread awareness about diaper need and period poverty in our community. We have partnered with our local Community Foundation and other community organizations to help spread awareness about our programs. We also have received in-kind marketing and public relations support that we plan on increasing. We are also members of The National Diaper Bank Network and Alliance for Period Supplies, which are national organization that bring awareness to poverty.

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry is the first and only diaper bank in the Memphis and Shelby County area and we have worked tirelessly to wipe out diaper need in our community. By using a direct distribution and partner agency distribution model, we are ensuring our diapers are getting to more families without all the red tape, which in turn helps alleviate our families out of poverty. Case workers and partner agencies use our resources as monthly incentives to motivate families to show up to their appointments, go to work, and their children can go to school.

Along with community support, we also have the support of the National Diaper Bank Network, Black Diaper Bank Coalition, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Momentum Nonprofit Partners, and diaper banks across the country that offer incredible guidance, support, research, and brainstorming.

In 2020 we exceeded our goal our fundraising goal and was able to secure a warehouse space so that we can provide more support to our families. We distributed 396,585 basic needs items including 253,182 diapers, 36,730 hygiene supplies, and 565 containers of formula.
We are also on pace to distribute our 1 millionth diaper to 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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We collect feedback from clients, agencies, and the community on how we can better serve the community and what best practices we can improve on. We also perform needs assessment surveys to continue to gauge our work in the community.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry

Board of directors
as of 03/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Marquette Smith

First Horizons

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Vera Dantzler

MLG&W

Term: 2020 - 2023

Cori Smith

Changed 901

Onika Smith

St. Jude

Jessica Oliver

Simmons Bank

Marquette Smith

First Horizon

Vera Dantzler

MLG&W

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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 3/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/29/2022

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 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.