Resources for New Programs and Exploring Applicants


Community groups and individuals that are interested in starting a diaper pantry or program are welcome to use NDBN’s Resources for Starting a Diaper Program, which includes information for all aspects of planning:

  • Evaluating feasibility: assess diaper need and learn about existing plans in your area.
  • Creating a leadership team and developing an action plan.
  • Reaching out to the community to encourage and coordinate involvement.
  • Starting smart: create procedural policies and set processes.


 If your goal is to establish a NDBN diaper bank or pantry, you’ll want to consider NDBN service areas and benchmarks.


Diaper need pervades every region of the United States. There are many towns and cities in need of a diaper bank or pantry. Before you begin, it is important – mostly for the community in need – that you reach out to any NDBN member organizations near the area you plan to serve. NDBN commits to helping its members grow through smart and sustainable planning. Sometimes this includes regional and state-wide expansion, though it may look like our efforts have yet to pay off. Whenever possible, we would love to help you contribute your skills and talents to an existing NDBN project.

If you’re passionate about starting your own independent diaper program from the ground up, NDBN and any nearby members can help identify a service area in need of support.



In order to become a NDBN member diaper bank or diaper program, all organizations must demonstrate nonprofit best practices and diaper program milestones. These benchmarks cover four key areas:

  • Governance
  • Operations
  • Fundraising and Finance
  • Advocacy

If your action team is interested in striving to demonstrate these benchmarks, NDBN staff is ready to provide support and assistance to help your program become a NDBN certified member.

All NDBN member organizations adhere to or demonstrate the benchmarks. Although it’s not required, most members strive to achieve additional benchmarks, above and beyond these, as their programs succeed.  Detailed Information for Exploring Applicant Benchmarks



If your organization has begun a diaper program and you have not yet inquired about membership, we’d love to hear from you: Request membership information.

  • Based on proposed service areas, establishment of a program, and readiness to explore the benchmarks, NDBN staff will reach out to qualifying organizations with an invitation to apply for membership.

While your application is pending, your organization may be provided an Exploring Applicant username to access resources in NDBN's member portal. These resources help NDBN membership candidates grow and demonstrate their diaper programs in capacity and leadership in order to meet NDBN's membership requirements.



NDBN engages in research that quantifies the extent and manifestations of the diaper gap, identifies the most effective interventions and demonstrates the costs imposed on society by the existence of this problem. Research findings are incorporated into the NDBN technical assistance program to help develop a community of practice within the diaper bank movement.

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