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U.S. Conference on Poverty and Basic Needs

Where: Virtual

When: October 20–22, 2021

Registration: Whova Conference Registration

Since its first national gathering held in Washington, DC in 2012, the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) has brought together advocates and community leaders from the nation’s basic needs banks for an annual multi-day, in-person conference focused on ending diaper need and period poverty in the U.S.

NDBN’s 10th national conference will be a virtual event to be held October 20 – 22, 2021. National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) and the Alliance for Period Supplies have determined that we cannot safely host the U.S. Conference on Poverty and Basic Needs as an in-person event in Orlando this fall. This decision is not easy for any of us to accept. We all desperately wanted to come together in person to re-engage and revitalize ourselves with our friends and our community of dynamic leaders and advocates.

The focus on poverty and basic needs offers the opportunity for leaders of diaper banks and period supply programs to meet together and share academic research, participate in educational workshops, and gain inspiration from nationally recognized keynote speakers in a format applicable to both nonprofit models.  The format builds upon the professionalism and offers the benefits that attendees have come to expect from NDBN-led programs.

For each day, the conference will have a distinct, yet complementary focus:

  • Day 1 – Wednesday, October 20, 2021
    • Issues related to ending period poverty in the U.S., including new research, policy and advocacy efforts, and program development for new and ongoing period distribution programs.
  • Day 2 – Thursday, October 21, 2021
    • Anti-poverty work and the role that basic needs banks play in ensuring that individuals, children and families have access to the basic necessities they require to thrive and reach their full potential. Workshops address governance and leadership, operations and logistics for basic needs banks, as well as fundraising and financial matters, and advocacy and outreach. 
  • Day 3 – Friday, October 22, 2021
    • Issues related to ending diaper need, with discussions ranging from diaper need assessment and establishing a new program, to measuring the impact of diaper banks on the communities they serve and how to leverage greater support for addressing unmet diaper need. 

The goal of the conference is to provide a collaborative, interactive educational space for attendees to learn from and engage with other professionals and leaders. Individual sessions will feature a Q&A to allow attendees to ask questions in real-time and possibly small group video rooms for networking happy hours to allow face-to-face screen time with one another for those unable to attend in person. 


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Who Should Attend?

Aspiring advocates and rising leaders:
  • Network with national leaders, learn from expert advocates, and receive one-on-one advising. You’ll return to your community feeling newly inspired, ready to implement new actions and able to lead with renewed passion and commitment.
New Opportunities for Returning Leaders:
  • NDBN’s Annual Conference will provide a unique leadership development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways.
Who Else Should Attend:
  • Community-based organizations serving low income families, policy advocates, government representatives, maternal and child care providers, health and social service workers, early childhood education professionals, basic needs researchers, and concerned community members.

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