Announcing New Shipping Partners for GDGH

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope- a non-profit cloth diaper lending organization- is announcing two new shipping partners for 2016.

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Thirsties Inc, a respected cloth diaper brand that manufactures in Colorado, and Kelly’s Closet, one of the Internet’s earliest cloth diaper retailers based in Maine, have teamed up to handle the shipping and receiving for Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.

Thirsties and Kelly’s Closet will be taking over the shipping and receiving duties that have been handled by GroVia since 2014.

In 2014 Giving Diapers, Giving Hope shipped a set of cloth diapers to more than 500 families. This past September GDGH shipped to 57 families- their busiest month to date.

GroVia is passing the torch to other companies who will follow the same model. Each company donates their warehouse space and their employees’ time to handle the shipping fulfillment for approved GDGH families.

Bobbi-Jean Palmer, owner of Kelly’s Closet regarding the new partnership “Our company [Kelly’s Closet] has always been a huge supporter of GDGH and their mission. We are looking forward to taking on a more hands on role with the organization to give reusable diapers to the families who need them.”

When GDGH partnered with GroVia they doubled, then tripled the number of families they were capable of helping each month. They couldn’t have grown without them! Now we are excited to see how partnering with companies in two locations will enable them to help more families.

From Kim Rosas, Executive Director GDGH “As our organization continues to grow and assist more families facing diaper need, it just makes sense to have TWO amazing companies shipping from different sides of the countries to keep shipping costs down for the families we’re helping. We are so thankful to have had such respected members of the cloth community so generously offer their help!”

Donors should begin shipping their donations to Thirsties or Kelly’s Closet while GroVia works through the diapers they have remaining in their Bozeman, Montana location. Please reference the Donate page to determine which location donations should be shipped to.

Announcing Changes to Our Donation Policies

We have an important announcement for our GDGH supporters and families regarding a recent change to our program.  Please read on.

 

As of this date, our organization will no longer be able to accept cloth diapers considered “non-compliant” as donations. “Non-compliant” diapers are diapers without the proper GCC/CPSC certificates as proof of safety testing for lead, pthalates, and flammability testing. If you wish to donate these diapers they should instead be gifted to a local diaper bank that will accept them or peer-to-peer. While it does pain us to refuse any diapers due to the great need that exists, we also have to run our charity in a way that ensures our families are receiving safe cloth diapers. Additionally, we believe distributing these diapers puts us at a legal risk.

We rely on the donations from families AND approved brands and still need your support. Every family and their baby deserves clean, safe diapers. It is unclear how this will affect us long-term and our ability to continue providing cloth diapers to all the families who apply. As a very small administrative team, Maria, Kristen, and myself are constantly brainstorming ways that we can make up the difference in diapers we will be losing to this new, but necessary change.

Donors, please refer to our list of approved brands. We will continue to add brands to this list as we receive the documentation we need.

Our organization has weathered many storms and has always come out stronger on the other side. It’s our belief that this change is for the better and that the cloth diaper community will rally to support us.

Thank you,

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Executive Director

Reducing Shipping Fees to Help GDGH Families

It is with great excitement that we announce a change at Giving Diapers, Giving Hope .  We will be reducing the shipping fee our approved families pay from $35 to $20 as of this announcement.  This change will last as long as we can sustain it and we cannot partially refund families who have paid the $35 prior to this announcement.  We are hopeful that with the continued support of the cloth diapering community we can not only keep the cost lower for our future families but get it even lower.

So, why is it that we charge a shipping fee at all?  When we started in 2008 as a local cloth diaper bank there was no need for a fee, but after opening to national applications we realized without any funding the only way for our families to receive free cloth diapers was to have them pay the shipping.  At first the shipping fee would vary based on the location and weight but as demand grew and with only two women running the entire organization it was time to streamline.  GDGH found that $35 was the best number to cover the shipping to families and the return shipping.  Due to the volume that GDGH operates at and the need all over the country we’ve never before been able to eliminate or reduce the fee until now.  

We hope that by partnering with brands and stores on fundraisers we will make the barrier to entry stay lower in 2015.  We understand how impossible $35 can be to so many of the families that apply so by lowering the fee to $20 we can ease the burden a little more and potentially make it possible for more families to get the clean and reusable diapers they need.

In the past previous funds raised have also gone to the purchase of new diapers when our donated supply has dwindled so it is important that families and companies continue to donate their new and used diapers.   As long as we have diapers to send, future fundraising can be used for reducing our shipping fees rather than buying diapers.

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I’m thrilled to say that our first several months of reduced shipping fees is entirely thanks to Abby’s Lane and their generous donation from the Allister Tula Exclusive.  We also hope that the exciting new Smart Bottoms print that will be sold exclusively at MommyCon locations in 2015 will extend the amount of time we can offer this reduction.

Would you like to be part of helping more families begin cloth diapering for the new, lower cost of shipping?  Individuals can make a donation on our Donate page.  Businesses can email Kim Rosas at givingdiapersgivinghope@gmail.com to discuss future fundraisers.  Thank you for making our mission possible.  2015 is already one for the record books at GDGH and we couldn’t be more thrilled at the growing support we have been shown.  All donations are tax deductible, GDGH is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.

Announcement: Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is now a 501c3 Non-Profit

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is pleased to announce that as of September 5, 2014 we are a registered 501c3 non-profit organization!  Since 2011 GDGH has helped over 600 families and shipped nearly 11,000 cloth diapers.  The aim has always been to help families start their cloth diapering journey for the cost of shipping, without having to pay the large upfront investment that cloth diapering can take.

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In September 2012 our organization filed for 501c3 after a successful fundraiser to cover the high fees it takes just to file.  We waited patiently, expecting not to hear news for 6 months to a year.  We had no idea how long this journey would really take (a full 2 years).  In the time between filing and being approved we have gone through many changes- we’ve going from a small two person organization that sorted, packed, and handled all of the applications in house to a group of 5 who handle the administrative duties and a larger pool of employees from GroVia who do all of our receiving and shipping!  We’ve also said goodbye to an amazing Director, Emily, and welcomed Kim Rosas as the new Executive Director.  Our numbers have steadily grown too- when we first started our national program we helped maybe 5-10 families per month.  Now we are helping over 30 families, sometimes even more than 45 per month!

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We are so thankful to the companies and families who have supported us on this unpredictable and wild ride.  We have no idea exactly what this next chapter will hold except that we will keep helping families.  If you are a company interested in talking with us on how you can help advance our mission you can email givingdiapersgivinghope@gmail.com.  We’d love to chat.

 

Announcing Our New Executive Director and Director of Operations

Giving Diapers, Giving Hope has important news to share with our supporters and families.  Emily Glover, our current Executive Director, has decided to step down from her current role.  Emily has been with Giving Diapers, Giving Hope from the beginning and generously gave her time to us for over 3 years.  Even though she has stepped down she will remain a supporter and champion of our organization.  We wish Emily the best as she tackles new endeavors.

Kim Rosas, owner of Dirty Diaper Laundry, has been elected to replace Mrs. Glover as Executive Director.  For the last 2 years Kim has been GDGH’s Fundraising and PR Coordinator, and has been active in the charity’s day-to-day operations.

In addition, Maria will be joining the Giving Diapers, Giving Hope board as the Director of Operations. She has been volunteering her time to review applicants and help run the daily operations. Maria is also the owner for Change-Diapers and an independent social media consultant for natural parenting companies.

We look forward to continuing with our mission of helping more families get the cloth diapers they need without the high start-up cost and want to welcome Maria to our team.