Changing Diapers, Changing Lives

Saint Louis, MO   |
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EIN: 37-1787940


Building healthy communities by ending diaper need and period poverty through access, education, and advocacy.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Muriel Smith

Main address

6141 Etzel Avenue

Saint Louis, MO 63133 USA

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Subject area info


Basic and emergency aid

Family services

Population served info

Infants and toddlers

Women and girls


Economically disadvantaged people

Extremely poor people

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

40% of children in St. Louis live in poverty & 64% of the parents served by the Diaper Bank have been forced to “stretch” diapers by lining them with newspaper, repairing them with duct tape or scraping them “clean”. Many low-income children simply stay in dirty diapers for too long. This causes health problems including frequent diaper rash and urinary tract infections. More than 50% of parents receiving diapers from the STL Diaper Bank report that they must frequently choose between purchasing diapers and paying for medication or other medical expenses. The toxic family stress and child-health issues created by this shortage have lifelong consequences for children. Moms with insufficient diapers are 3x more likely to suffer anxiety and depression. Dirty diapers cause open sores that make babies fussy – increasing the chance of abuse. Not realizing the health consequences, parents sometimes limit what a child eats and drinks to conserve limited diaper supplies.

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 Distribution

The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank partners with other nonprofits and agencies that work with families and individuals in need. Through community diaper drives, and donations, we collect or purchase diapers and distribute them to a wide variety of service agencies and faith based organizations. The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank believes all of us: babies, children and adults deserve to be clean and dry.

Population(s) Served

The St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies, an initiative of the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank, helps ensure that individuals in need have access to essential period products required to fully participate in daily life with dignity and works to raise awareness about the causes and consequences of “period poverty” in our community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Young adults
Older adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

LaunchCode's MoonShot Award 2020

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 products distributed

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Diaper Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of hygiene kits distributed

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

Women and girls

Related Program

Alliance for Period Supplies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of overall donors

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

Diaper Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Total dollars received in contributions

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

Diaper Distribution

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


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.

By ensuring that low-income families in the region have access to adequate and reliable sources of diapers, the Diaper Bank will:
-Improve child health by: lowering the number of children who experience negative physical consequences of diaper need including diaper rash and secondary infections and lowering the number of children experiencing negative mental health consequences of neglect caused by diaper shortage
-Improve parent/caregiver health by lowering rates of stress directly resulting from diaper shortage
-Increase financial stability of low-income families by lowering the number of parents who must miss work, school or similar activities as a result of diaper need or choose between the purchase of diapers and other essential needs like rent, utilities, healthcare, and food
-Using diaper distribution as an incentive, improve partner program outcomes by: increase number of families enrolled in partner programs & increase rates of kept client visits

The Diaper Bank distributes diapers through a network of 50+ family- and child-serving nonprofit partners - including home visiting programs, health care providers, and early childhood education programs. This structure ensures our help is paired with supports targeting the root causes of diaper need. Diaper Bank partners report that when they add diapers to their program offerings clients are more likely to enroll in the program, more likely to keep scheduled appointments and more likely to remain engaged in the program for the duration of their eligibility period.

The STLDB is the only nonprofit in the region dedicated to ensuring that economically disadvantaged families have clean diapers - and the need is enormous. Since its founding in 2014, our distribution has grown to provide 65,000 local children with 3 million diapers annually, and organizations desperate to meet the diaper need experienced by their clients have been relieved to discover the Diaper Bank’s existence. Starting out with only two small distribution partners in 2014, the Diaper Bank now maintains flourishing distribution partnerships with 34 of the leading non-profit, health, and community organizations focused on maternal & child health, early education, and the strengthening of families in poverty. The STLDB has a strong Board of Directors with 100% financial support, a comprehensive development plan with diversified funding streams, and a team of over 200 volunteers completing 15,000+ hrs of service supporting the operation of the DB each year.

Our first year, we provided 2,000 children with 25 diapers each, a total of 50,000 diapers. Since then, we’ve grown exponentially. Last year, the Diaper Bank distributed 550,000 diapers in 50 count packs to 13,000 children in 68 St. Louis-region zip codes, and this year we are on-track to serve 35,000 children with 1.5 million diapers.
The Diaper Bank seeks to distribute 2M+ diapers to 40,000+ children in the St. Louis region in 2019.
The Diaper Bank plans to add a new program - the St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies - to its programming in January 2019. The STL APS will establish a network of partner organizations serving low-income women and girls with the menstrual hygiene products they need to stay healthy.
We plan to continue to work at the forefront of public policy initiatives in MO that strengthen the lives of low-income families, increase access to basic needs like diapers and period products, and improve the lives of children in the state.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Recipients of the diapers and the partners who distribute them. We seek survey feedback from both.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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,


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.4 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of ST LOUIS AREA DIAPER BANK’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $50,111 $108,194 $136,827 $408,726
As % of expenses 25.9% 25.4% 18.6% 38.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $50,111 $108,194 $136,827 $407,150
As % of expenses 25.9% 25.4% 18.6% 38.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $243,797 $534,171 $871,795 $1,477,064
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 119.1% 63.2% 69.4%
Program services revenue 3.8% 4.2% 2.0% 0.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 96.2% 95.8% 98.0% 99.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $193,686 $425,977 $734,968 $1,068,338
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 119.9% 72.5% 45.4%
Personnel 31.0% 18.2% 30.0% 33.0%
Professional fees 2.2% 1.8% 3.9% 5.1%
Occupancy 8.3% 3.2% 0.8% 0.2%
Interest 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 44.1% 63.6% 51.3% 52.9%
All other expenses 13.9% 13.2% 14.0% 8.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $193,686 $425,977 $734,968 $1,069,914
One month of savings $16,141 $35,498 $61,247 $89,028
Debt principal payment $25,000 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $13,405
Total full costs (estimated) $234,827 $461,475 $796,215 $1,172,347

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 1.4 2.4 1.8 6.5
Months of cash and investments 1.4 2.4 2.0 6.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.6 6.1 5.8 8.4
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $22,195 $84,006 $109,276 $577,740
Investments $0 $0 $13,770 $21,304
Receivables $1,611 $6,233 $94,906 $37,567
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $13,405
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $107,290 $215,484 $352,311 $759,461

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Muriel Smith

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Regina Rideout

Simply Strategies

Term: 2022 - 2024

James McSpadden


Kate King

Reggi Rideout

Simply Strategy

Cynthia Kirkpatrick

Moneta Group

Melanie McKean

St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

Cathy Korkoian


Mary Kaiser

Edward Jones

Ania Colvin

Gateway to Hope

Mark Boyko

Bailey Glasser

Jake Edinger

Darling Makery

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 ? 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? 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 1/23/2023

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


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


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/23/2023

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.