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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 held as a virtual event October 20 – 22, 2021.

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.

Below is an up-to-date conference agenda. Conference attendees are encouraged to download the Whova app to keep apprised to the latest additions. 



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. 


Past Presentations.

Take a look at past workshops and sessions.


Sponsorship Opportunities.

Learn about the various ways of becoming a 2021 conference partner.


Previous Conferences.

Seize the networking potential of NDBN’s largest and most diverse conference.

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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