Annual Conference Workshops and Sessions


Pre-Conference Professional Training and Reception:

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017

2017 Diaper Banks in America Conference:

Thursday, Oct 26 – Friday Oct 27, 2017



Building a More Inclusive Organization and Board of Directors*
Vicki Clark, NDBN Board and Nonprofit Consultant

While one would think that nonprofits and community-based organizations — particularly those that support underserved and marginalized populations — would prioritize diversity within their leadership ranks, attracting and recruiting diverse talent is easier said than done, especially at the leadership level. If organizations want to create sustained diversity at the top, they need to continuously cultivate a talent pipeline of diverse high-potential candidates though out their organizational relationships and outreach. For any number of reasons, building a pipeline of diverse talent can be particularly challenging for nonprofits and foundations. Fortunately, there are a number of best practices that diaper banks and pantries can implement that don’t require major financial investment and can help make them more attractive to diverse talent.
* THIS IS A DOUBLE SESSION. SPACE IS LIMITED. Pre-registration is required through the conference app after you register for the conference.

Make Every Day a Call to Action: Outreach for Beginners
Raziya Hill, Every Bottom Covered

It’s important to involve the entire community in addressing diaper need, but what’s the best way to get started? This session will present information on how to engage the community in an effective manner, ways to involve local government officials in advocacy and lobbying efforts, and tips for turning diaper donors into advocates and community organizers. Topics covered will include the power of social media; how to engage people who may not know what diaper need is and effectively get help to raise awareness; influential marketing materials; reaching out to local government officials; the value of obtaining 501c3 status; building an effective board of directors; and branding your organization, starting with the name and logo.

Strategic Goal Setting: Thinking About Your Year Strategically
Jill Eid, Cradles to Crayons

Until we systemically change the landscape of poverty, there will always be a need for our work. There will always be more we can do. There will always be more people who need our services. In order to most effectively and efficiently deliver our missions we need to take a step back and think strategically. In this session, attendees will learn how to set strategic annual goals that fold into organizational priorities and roll-up into an annual budget.

Storytelling: Find the “Sweet Spot” for Effective Communication
Kori Andreoli Lusignan, Communication Consultant and Public Speaking Coach

By combining her graduate school research on individual behavior change with a storytelling structure learned while doing improvisational comedy, Ms. Lusignan has created a powerful (and fun) tool to help anyone and everyone become a more effective storyteller. Quick to learn and simple to use, this tool allows the storyteller to both engage their listener logically and emotionally, the “sweet spot” for most effective communication. Because working with others means we rarely tell a story on our own, during the workshop participants will learn how to adjust their stories (and their strategies) when they shape stories with others, particularly as those stories take unanticipated twists or turns.

Effective Leader’s Guide to Difficult Conversations
Kori Andreoli Lusignan, Communication Consultant and Public Speaking Coach

At the heart of each conversation are three fundamental goals: achieving an objective, improving or maintaining a relationship, and ensuring self-respect and dignity. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to attain all three of these goals at the same time. The good news, however, is that by familiarizing oneself with these critical goals and prioritizing the most important ahead of difficult conversation, one can leave even the most contentious conversation having accomplished what is needed. During this session, participants will learn about these conversation goals, practice identifying when each should take priority, and then familiarize themselves with a simple tool for pre-conversation prep which can improve confidence and readiness for any difficult conversation.

Diapers From Day One: Hospital Partner Programs
NDBN Panel: Teresa Winfield, HappyBottoms; Cathy Battle, Western PA Diaper Bank

In 2014 HappyBottoms created the “Bundles of Joy” program in which they provided diapers and educational brochures to low-income parents who’ve just given birth at one of their partner hospitals. After implementing and evaluating the program, they found that for many families giving birth, this was their first opportunity to learn about the diaper bank and how they can receive diapers through one of 44 local distribution sites. NDBN’s Funds for Change Program Demonstration Award has made it possible to develop the program to a scalable model that other diaper banks can replicate. This panel will explore how different organizations have developed partnerships with local hospitals and leveraged the partnership to reach more families, grow their programs, and increase community participation.

Period Product Need Programs: Two Diaper Banks Share Experiences
Corinne Cannon, DC Diaper Bank and Michelle Old, Diaper Bank of NC

Learn about two different approaches and programs currently underway to address period product need and determine if a similar program is a good fit for your organization. Before adding any programs to your organization you must research the need and be realistic about your organization’s capacity to address the issue. Awareness raising for this issue is not the same as diaper need. Programs addressing period product need can open up new audiences, but organizations should think through how best to handle this before inviting them into the work. Planning and research will be shared, as will product selection and distribution avenues.

Infrastructure Strategies for Smart Expansion
Jaron Newton, Cradles to Crayons

Smart expansion is critical for any organization’s success. Whether you are restructuring, renovating, moving facilities, or are just in need of a big operations change, this session is for you. Learn how to evaluate growth effectively, start thinking about how to create a larger impact with less resources, shift your thinking to sustainably, and meaningfully engage volunteers and community. Attendees will leave with useable tools and worksheets to begin to think about smart growth.

Warehouse On Wheels: Serving Rural Communities
Kate Aravich, Idaho Diaper Bank

As one of the NDBN pilot programs for servicing rural communities through diaper drop shipments, the Idaho Diaper Bank developed the Warehouse on Wheels (WOW) program to expand outreach through rural Idaho. The main objective of this discussion is to explain how the Idaho Diaper Bank accomplished that, what their success to date has shown, and facilitate discussion among workshop participants working in regions that could support a similar program to service their state’s rural communities. The presentation will cover infrastructure needed, financial support required and logistics to run the program.

When Generations Collide: Research and Lessons Learned
Jean Ann Lynch, Baby Basics and Karen Landy, Florida Gulf State University

There are many challenges a diaper pantry or bank faces when generations collide (i.e. pantry/bank volunteers and parents of the babies we serve). Especially difficult to understand are generational differences in parenting, spending priorities and communication. This session will help you understand and recognize those differences between the families you serve and the volunteers/staff in your organization. Baby Basics of Collier County, Inc. (Florida) and Florida Gulf Coast University have collaborated again to present research and lessons learned about the differences between the needs of parents and the values of the volunteers who keep our programs running.

Increase Donors and Grants Through Your Diaper Programs
Jill Bright, Diaper Bank of the Ozarks

This session will describe different diaper programs might appeal to a different group of donors and allow for a variety of different grant applications and show how different programs fit into a community, not only because of need, but also for reasons relating to location, political climate and urban/rural community composition. Examples include how cloth diaper programs open up opportunities for conservation type grants; how rural and statewide programs open corporate grants; and adult incontinent supply programs may be well supported in regions with high populations of retired senior citizens.

Funds For Change: How to Submit a Winning Application
Rachel Segaloff, Diaper Bank Fundraiser and NDBN Grant Consultant

Learn the fundamentals of grant writing, how to improve your application, and prepare for the upcoming opportunity to apply for an NDBN Funds For Change Grant. Presented by Rachel Segaloff who works both as a diaper bank fundraiser and recently worked with NDBN members to revise and resubmit grant-winning Funds For Change proposals. If you’re thinking about applying for NDBN’s Funds for Change grant or are new to grant writing, you won’t want to miss this session.

Small Business Partnerships
Jamie Lackie, Helping Mamas Diaper Bank and Nicole Pourchier, Potty Rocker

Often times nonprofits look for corporate sponsors that are well known and large. For smaller nonprofits just getting started, it can be difficult to access these. Learn how to seek out small business relationships that help move your mission forward. By understanding the value in getting to know small businesses, you can build a plan that is mutually beneficial to both the nonprofit and the small business. Building successful business relationships is easier with a strategy. This presentation will discuss how successful partnerships are formed and explore opportunities to work together on client events, fund raising, and social media collaboration.

Corporate Relationships
Megan Fischer, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank and Nicole Bodde, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank / The Kroger Co.

In order to form new corporate relationships, it helps to have a plan. What kinds of companies should you approach? This presentation will provide strategies for reaching out, from email templates to choosing the right department to target, to tracking documents. The benefits, design and execution of a sponsorship program will be explored as will the use of volunteer opportunities. What could corporate volunteers do for you? How can you make it a true team-building experience? How can you make it easy for companies to send employees? Other topics include one-off donations and event sponsorships, in-kind donations other than diapers, free advertising and publicity, and opportunities for board membership and community advocacy. This session will give younger diaper programs confidence and established organizations new ideas.

Using the Research on Diaper Need and Diaper Banks to Enhance Your Grant Applications
Michelle Old and Kelley E. C. Massengale, Diaper Bank of NC

The outcomes of your work are more important to funders than how many diapers you distribute because funders want to know what that diaper provides beyond a basic human need. Come learn about the research that has been published on diaper need and diaper banks. Leave with an understanding of the current research, talking points about the research to share when you tell the story of your diaper bank using data, and text you can use in your next grant application.

State Level Advocacy: Lessons Learned from NDBN members
NDBN Panel led by Alison Weir

Are you frustrated by sales tax on diapers, or the lack of state support to diaper banks? Want to change your state’s laws to make diapers more affordable and available? Hear from fellow diaper bankers who have done just that. Learn how you can influence your state’s laws and policies regarding diaper affordability and availability from a panel of diaper bankers who not only provide diapers to their clients, but also advocate on their behalf.

Advocacy 201: Develop Your Messaging, Strategies, and Resources
Jessica Adams and Jay Hardenbrook, St. Louis Area Diaper Bank

This workshop will offer a deeper focus on state level advocacy around diaper need/diaper banking/poverty issues, in order to explore messaging strategies for our issues, creation of advocacy products such as elevator speech, press releases, legislative testimony, and strategic planning for advocacy efforts. Participants will leave with knowledge and the tools for achieving success!

Cloth Diaper Advocacy and Outreach: The Day Care Dilemma
Deanna Martin, Rebecca Foundation Cloth Diaper Closet

Finding a daycare center open to using cloth diapers can sometimes be a challenge for working parents who wish to use cloth exclusively. For parents who have found cloth diapers to be a solution to eliminating diaper need, adding in a need for disposable diapers for daycare use means adding diaper need back in to their lives. If daycare centers accept cloth diapers, this may increase the likelihood of social service professionals suggesting cloth diapers as an option to their clients. This presentation will review the results of a survey answered by licensed daycare center directors and discuss how to advise on incorporating cloth diapers into diaper changing procedures in a daycare environment.

Diaper Need Awareness Week: Make it a Success with a DNAW Coordinator
Kate Bonestroo, Diaper Bank of Minnesota

This session will share the journey the Diaper Bank of Minnesota (DBM) took to triple their diaper and dollar donations during National Diaper Week Awareness Week. DMB serves 7 counties in the Twin Cities metro area, making it challenging to coordinate a multi-county campaign. Last year we piloted a DNAW campaign in one of our service counties with very successful results. Using strategies from the success, this year we expanded to all 7 counties, with the goals to increase awareness, build lasting relationships with communities and substantially increase diaper and dollars donations. The entire strategy and process will be covered: developing a DNAW Coordinator position, creating marketing materials, setting expectations for partner distribution organizations, writing press releases and social medial campaigns, getting DNAW Proclamations, and engaging community members to become advocates for diaper need. Learn how to develop a data tracking spreadsheet for evaluation and create a template you can use for promoting a coordinated DNAW in your community.

Workshop list and content subject to change.

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