Diaper Bank Manual: Contents



Phase 1: Before You Begin

Start here if you are thinking about starting a diaper bank.

Measure Demand: Evaluate Potential Recipients
Raise Awareness of Diaper Need in Your Community
Hold a Diaper Drive to Evaluate Community Potential
Working with the Local Anti-Poverty Community
Assess potential expenses & sources of support
Develop a Board of Directors


Phase 2: Develop Your Diaper Bank’s Business Plan

Learn about general operating and organizational options available to new programs.

Choose the Geographic Scope
Choose the Demographic Focus
Choose an Organizational Model
Additional Organization Decisions
Choose a Great Name
Develop Your Diaper Bank Program
Create a Budget
Providing Cloth Diapers
Providing Adult Diapers
Providing Basic Needs Beyond Diapers


Phase 3: Opening Your Doors

Consider the tasks involved in developing a diaper bank and starting operations.

Select Recipient Agencies
Find a Home for Your Diaper Bank
Equipment and Supplies
Record keeping and tracking diaper donations
Staffing Needs
Recruit and Motivate Volunteers
Training Your Staff
Liability and Insurance
Find Professional Specialists
Work with the Media
Map Out a Fund-raising Plan


Phase 4: Ready to Grow

For existing diaper banks ready to improve and expand programs.

Assessing your program
Conducting a program assessment
Interpreting Assessment Findings
Making Needed Program Improvements
Expanding the Program


We hope you find this information to be useful as you work to plan or improve your diaper bank. Good luck!

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