HappyBottoms
303 W. 79th Street
Kansas City MO 64114
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (855) 479-2867
Mission Statement
HappyBottoms' mission is to collaborate with community partners to empower, connect, and impact low-income families by alleviating diaper need in the Kansas City community.
 
Census and Kids Count data show 20,000 children in the six-county Kansas City Metro area need diaper assistance. Realistically, that number is likely higher. The Annie E. Casey Foundation estimates kids under age 5, disproportionately poor children of color, were undercounted by a net 1,000,000 in the 2010 Census.
 
No government safety net programs (SNAP, WIC, Medicaid) cover diapers for babies. Monthly diaper expense per child can approach $125, particularly for families in the urban core without access to big box or warehouse stores.
 
Diaper rash, the most common diaper related health condition, can worsen into secondary skin and urinary tract infections if left untreated. The simplest preventive measure is frequent diaper changing but the reality is that 1 in 3 parents cannot afford enough diapers.
 
A 2013 Pediatrics study reports that mothers with diaper need are twice as likely to be depressed, and a third of low-income mothers report that diaper need is even more stressful than food insecurity. Maternal stress and depression negatively impact a child's health and development and increase risk of physical and mental abuse and neglect.
 
A 2019 HappyBottoms survey of 765 parents/caregivers showed that without HappyBottoms, 27% could not pay for food; 28% utilities; and 21% used a payday or other loan to buy diapers.
 
Huggies’ 2017 study determined that 57% of parents missed work or school because they could not supply the required diapers to their daycare provider, increasing economic instability and continuing the cycle of poverty.
 
Poor families often attempt potty training too early or prolong diapering because of lack of knowledge or support, and the heightened stress of toilet training increases the potential for abuse. Many of the families we serve need help navigating this stage.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jill Gaikowski
Board Chair Mr. Jon Carpenter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Allergan
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
*Financial Donations donations, including non-cash, can be made at our website, www.HappyBottoms.org by clicking on the “Donate” button, or via Venmo (happybottomsorg). Checks can be mailed to our mailing address: 303 W. 79th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114. Thanks to the purchasing partnerships HappyBottoms has developed, donated dollars go twice as far as diapers purchased retail and donated by individuals.
*Events  Sponsorships and item/food/service donations are needed for National Diaper Need Awareness Week in September, Attitude of Gratitude auction in November, and other small events throughout the year.
 
*Diaper Processing Volunteers Ongoing opportunities for groups or individuals are available each week for volunteers at our warehouse. Volunteers count, sort and package diapers for distribution as well as fulfill diaper orders. We can also "bring the volunteer experience to you" at your corporate or group location with a Mobile Wrapping team-building event.
 
*Board Members -Experienced individuals are needed to serve on HappyBottoms' board of directors.
 
*Young Professionals Board Members - We are seeking professionals aged 22-40 interested in leveraging their social and professional networks in supporting HappyBottoms.
 
*Advisory BoardCommunity leaders can share their expertise and connections to help HappyBottoms with planning and fundraising. 
 
*Diaper and Cash Drives Organizations or individuals can host diaper and/or cash drives to benefit HappyBottoms. There is a diaper drive tool kit with instructions on our website.
 
*HappyBottoms Drop Sites - Local businesses can "host" a branded collection barrel to gather ongoing community diaper donations. 
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
HappyBottoms' mission is to collaborate with community partners to empower, connect, and impact low-income families by alleviating diaper need in the Kansas City community.
 
Census and Kids Count data show 20,000 children in the six-county Kansas City Metro area need diaper assistance. Realistically, that number is likely higher. The Annie E. Casey Foundation estimates kids under age 5, disproportionately poor children of color, were undercounted by a net 1,000,000 in the 2010 Census.
 
No government safety net programs (SNAP, WIC, Medicaid) cover diapers for babies. Monthly diaper expense per child can approach $125, particularly for families in the urban core without access to big box or warehouse stores.
 
Diaper rash, the most common diaper related health condition, can worsen into secondary skin and urinary tract infections if left untreated. The simplest preventive measure is frequent diaper changing but the reality is that 1 in 3 parents cannot afford enough diapers.
 
A 2013 Pediatrics study reports that mothers with diaper need are twice as likely to be depressed, and a third of low-income mothers report that diaper need is even more stressful than food insecurity. Maternal stress and depression negatively impact a child's health and development and increase risk of physical and mental abuse and neglect.
 
A 2019 HappyBottoms survey of 765 parents/caregivers showed that without HappyBottoms, 27% could not pay for food; 28% utilities; and 21% used a payday or other loan to buy diapers.
 
Huggies’ 2017 study determined that 57% of parents missed work or school because they could not supply the required diapers to their daycare provider, increasing economic instability and continuing the cycle of poverty.
 
Poor families often attempt potty training too early or prolong diapering because of lack of knowledge or support, and the heightened stress of toilet training increases the potential for abuse. Many of the families we serve need help navigating this stage.
Background Statement
Jill Gaikowski, a young mom who was dismayed to find that diapers are not covered by safety net programs, founded HappyBottoms in 2009. Harnessing social media expertise and a coordinated effort of diaper drives Jill collected diapers and distributed to several social service agencies through 2010. Because of an out of state relocation, Jill transitioned HappyBottoms' leadership to Liz and Pam Sutherlin in late 2010.
 
  • 2011:  New leadership team continued community drives and purchased diapers from Harvesters, and began monthly diaper distributions to 8 agencies.  National Diaper Bank Network facilitated donation of 250,000 Huggies diapers.  Began tracking client and diaper data using Google docs.
  • 2012-13:  Launched our volunteer program for sorting, counting, and repackaging diapers at donated warehouse space in Lenexa, KS. We hired our first employee, a Program Manager, in January 2013. We were also named a National Diaper Bank Network regional partner, further spurring our growth with access to 1,000,000 donated Huggies diapers per year for two years.
  • 2013-14: Built capacity including online database and inventory management systems, donor software, and implementation of Lean management techniques. As a result, we reached a monthly average of 1,768 children in 2014, an increase of 67% over 2013, and provided a total of 1,140,495 diapers to 5,616 unduplicated children at 27 partner social service agencies.
  • 2014:  Implemented our Bundles of Joy program, providing a one-time diaper distribution and information flyer to low income newborns at five area hospitals
  • 2015:  Administered an impact survey to 538 clients and also developed a potty training brochure for participant families. In addition, we completed the transition from volunteer to paid staff, currently seven full time and two part time team members.
  • 2017:  Launched a Potty Training Education program and a mobile diaper pilot.  We began our outcomes surveys of front-line partner agency workers and clients.
  • 2018:  Hired a full-time development director, completed our pilot projects, and began a capacity building campaign to expand our space.  
  • 2019:  Continued building capacity with move to new space in Waldo/Kansas City, Missouri, doubling our previous square footage and setting the stage for our next phase of growth. Updated our client impact survey to get a current picture of the local effects of diaper need. Expanded our Potty Training Education program out of pilot stage.
Impact Statement
2018 Accomplishments: 
  •  Distributed 2,101,960 diapers to 9,400 unduplicated children through 36 local social service partner agencies/5 hospital systems. 
  • Served 97 families in our Potty Training Education pilot and secured funding to reach 500 additional families in 2019.  
  • Made 940 distributions with our Diapermobile pilot, reaching 350 unduplicated children.  
  • Engaged 2,303 volunteers for 6,934 hours at our warehouse and in other fundraising, event, and administrative tasks.

2019 Accomplishments YTD:

  • Distributed 1.9 million diapers to 8,200 unduplicated children at 38 partner agencies/6 partner hospital systems.  On track to reach year end goal of 2.3 million diapers to 11,750 unduplicated children. 
  • 22 partner agencies are participating in Potty Training Education Program expansion.  308 Potty Training kits distributed to agencies and 152 families enrolled in program.   
  • Rebuilding partner portal to increase system capacity to support program growth, improve resource accountability, and expand reporting capabilities.
  • Engaged 1,820 volunteers for 6,200 hours to help with our mission.
  • As of March 1, relocated to larger space at 303 West 79th Street, KCMO, to increase capacity to meet growth goals. Added second special event and other fundraising efforts to cover increased program/operational expenses.

2020 Goals:
  1. Continue to grow fundraising efforts to sustain costs of expanded space and program capacity.  Increase corporate support and individual (including monthly) donors, as well as Mobile Wrapping events.
  2. Based on facility and program expansion plans, restructure and update strategic plan to cover 2020-2023, creating an updated roadmap for growth and effective client services. 
  3. Use formal marketing and communications efforts to retool and refresh HappyBottoms' branding and website.  Work will serve to  broaden our overall reach in the community and deepen our engagement with existing constituents.
Needs Statement
HappyBottoms greatest needs include:
 
*General operating support to sustain and grow the capacity of our existing programs.

*Programmatic support, including funding for additional diapers to increase the number of children served. 

*Community volunteers for diaper processing and warehouse activities, construction/capacity building projects, and special events.

*Additional governing board members from diverse backgrounds to better reflect the makeup of our client base.

*Generous supporter(s) willing to fund $1.5 - $2 million purchase of our existing space to provide long-term stability and flexibility.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Family Services
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Cass County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Our partner agencies tell us that families with young children request diapers more than any other item.  Communities need diaper banks because no government safety net program cover diapers.  HappyBottoms has served low-income Kansas City families since 2009.    In a 2019 client survey conducted by HappyBottoms, 1 in 5 parents had to turn to a payday or other lender to pay for diapers.  

In the years since HappyBottoms was founded, we have developed an established partner agency presence across the Kansas City metro area, with 698% growth in unduplicated children served from 2011 to 2018. We anticipate reaching nearly 60% of children who need diapers in our service area by the end of 2019.  We sent our 10 millionth diaper into the community in January, 2019 and we have provided diapers to over 30,000 unduplicated Kansas City area children since 2009.

After some challenges in 2016-17 due to our transition from volunteer to paid staff, as well as the shift of our diaper acquisition model to primarily purchase over donation, 2018 was a very successful year for HappyBottoms.  We are now fully staffed, ended the year with a balanced budget, have a healthy emergency reserve, and are preparing for our next stage of growth with our expanded space and capacity building efforts.  We will continue to increase individual donor giving through stewardship, build strong community partnerships with corporations and civic groups who help fund our programs, grow foundation funding, and expand special events.

Programs
Description

HappyBottoms' provides eligible children (household income less than 150% of FPL) with 50 diapers or 30 training pants per month through one of our 50 distribution sites. Participants can receive diapers for the earlier of three years or until age four, and training pants for up to six months.   Parents also receive an educational brochure with healthy diapering and stress management techniques.  

Partner agencies enter client data and monthly order and distribution data into our online portal. Most recent program data showed, 36% of participants were African American, 23% were White, 18% were Hispanic, 5% were Asian, and 11% were multi-racial.  Economic indicators showed 39% of parents worked; 44% of parents received Medicaid while 10% were uninsured; 43% of families received SNAP and 52% WIC.  70% of enrolled children received Medicaid.  48% of children served were female/52% male.

Program Budget $700,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Goods & Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
HappyBottoms bridges the gap between what a child needs and what a family can afford, helps stabilize families in crisis, and improves conditions for babies. Our services eliminate one more stress for a family already struggling with poverty.
Our outcomes study surveyed front-line partner agency workers and existing clients about our impact. Agency staff reported the following about HappyBottoms clients:
  • 66% felt encouraged to discuss other complex issues.
  • 85% of existing clients sought agency services
  • 60% of new families sought agency services.
  • 74% could pay other bills because of diaper assistance.
  • 78% of children cried less
  • 93% of parents' stress decreased.

Results from client surveys showed:
  • 92% felt more confident in their parenting
  • 96% experienced better mood
  • 96% said diaper assistance allowed them to pay other bills
  • 82% said their child was healthier
  • 96% experienced less stress
  • 62% said their child cried less
  • 78% said their child slept better
  • 70% saw fewer incidents of diaper rash
Long-Term Success
  • HappyBottoms’ agency distribution model provides families with information and access to additional wraparound services, recognizing that diaper need is only one of many challenges they face. Diapers are often a “gateway” to other services drawing clients in to agencies and motivating them to seek help with other issues. 
  • Access to diapers can increase a child’s access to quality child care when the provider requires that parents supply diapers. Parents attend work/school more consistently and further improve long-term economic outcomes. Children participating in early childhood education are nearly 3 times as likely to go onto higher education.
  • Access to diapers as part of other services that alleviate poverty can positively impact school readiness by reducing the stress of poverty and maternal depression, freeing up resources to use for other basic needs, and promoting a more positive parenting style and more nurturing parent behavior. 
Program Success Monitored By

Since 2011, HappyBottoms has tracked the number of diapers distributed as well as the number of children and families who receive diapers each month.  We collect demographic information including federal poverty level (FPL) on each child.  

  • 2017:  Provided 1.97 million diapers to 2,835 average agency children per month, 8,858 annual unduplicated children.  87% of children served lived at FPL or below.
  • 2018:  Provided 2.1 million diapers to 3,046 monthly average agency children and 158 hospital children (9,400 unduplicated children.)  87% of children served lived at FPL or below.
  • 2019 (through September): Provided 1.9 million diapers to 3,044 monthly average agency children and 286 monthly hospital children (8,198 unduplicated children.)
Results from our two-phase outcomes study are noted above.  We are in process of repeating our Program Impact Survey to measure current community needs.
Examples of Program Success
Catholic Charities' client MarQuite Dixon told us, "I currently live in my home along with my child D'Auna and my child's father...I am currently laid off [from the IRS] for the season.  The last few months have been a blessing to me.  I was able to enroll in the Moms Empowerment program at Catholic Charities...Doing so I was introduce[d] to several resources to assist my family [including] HappyBottoms.  HappyBottoms is a phenomenal resource for assisting parents in providing diapers.  Several times I am between funds and often fall short on household expenses.  I don't know what I would do without...HappyBottoms."
 
Another client wrote, "I came to the US through Jewish Vocational Services.  I work with a social worker at JVS who helps me go to school and learn to parent my baby.  I appreciate getting diapers because before I had to borrow money to buy diapers.  Now I can use the diapers I get from HappyBottoms and buy the other ones on my own.  The diapers are helpful because they provide my son with clean diapers and help me use my money on other things we need like school supplies and our gas bill." 
Description

Created in 2014 to distribute an oversupply of Size 1 diapers, the  Bundles of Joy program provides a one-time distribution of 75 diapers, educational brochures, and information about our ongoing monthly program to low-income parents who have just given birth at one of our five partner hospitals.  Realizing Bundles of Joy was a gateway for families to our ongoing distribution program, we made it a permanent part of HappyBottoms' programming in January 2016.  

Program Budget $160,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our short term goal is to provide families with diapers during the critical newborn stage of life and introduce them to our ongoing program to meet their continuing needs.  Given higher daily diaper usage for smaller sizes, Bundles of Joy strives to better address newborns' needs by having partner hospitals distribute an average of 75 Newborn or Size 1 diapers per child upon discharge rather than the standard 50 diapers given through our regular program.  Our desire is for our partner hospitals to provide Bundles of Joy diapers to every eligible child delivered.     
Long-Term Success Our long term goal for Bundles of Joy is to introduce eligible families in need to our ongoing diaper distribution program and facilitate their transition to a regular partner agency for ongoing distribution and access to other services if needed.  
Program Success Monitored By We track data on individual children, as well as total children served per month by hospital.  We also use our data tracking system to determine the number and percentage of children served in Bundles of Joy that transition over to our regular diaper distribution program.
Examples of Program Success
In 2018, our Bundles of Joy hospitals served an average of 158 children per month.  Over the lifetime of the program (November 2014 - present), 22% of  eligible Bundles of Joy children served have transitioned over to our ongoing distribution program.
 
We launched a new partnerships with University of Kansas Health System and North Kansas City Hospital in 2019, serving an added 70 newborns per month.
Description HappyBottoms' introduced Potty Training Education with a Pilot Project launched in Fall 2017.  A partnership with Hickman Mills Parents as Teachers and Junior League of Kansas City Missouri, the pilot provided a curriculum-based parent training program and a potty training kit to 97 parents.  Pilot participants were selected based on age of child and readiness screening.  Results were evaluated with post-surveys.  We are expanding the program to 500 additional families in 2019.
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Parents will receive support and tools to help their child successfully complete potty training.  We expect 75% or more of families will complete the process within 60 days of participating in the program. 
Long-Term Success Providing effective and age-appropriate potty training screening and education will safely close out the cycle of diaper need and eliminate diaper expense for participant families.  
Program Success Monitored By
Pilot results were measured with 30 day post-surveys of parents/caregivers.  Results showed 92% of parents found the video helpful, 91% found the booklet easy to understand, and 96% of parents found the potty seat and stepstool helpful. Many parents commented that they would not have been able to afford to purchase the items in the kit on their own. 
 
Examples of Program Success
30-day post surveys in the pilot showed:
  • 71% of children urinated in the potty most or all of the time during the day.
  • 47% of children stayed dry most or all nights.
  • 40% of children used the potty for daytime bowel movements most or all of the time.
  • 53% of parents reported feeling pressure to potty train before the child was ready because they did not have enough diapers.
  • 100% of parents found the video helpful.
  • 93% found the information booklet helpful.
  • 100% found the seat and step stool to be helpful and would not have been able to purchase on their own.
  • 94% would recommend the program to a friend.
CEO Comments In addition to the five counties listed under each program, HappyBottoms also serves children and families in Platte County, Missouri.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Jill Gaikowski
Term Start Jan 2017
Experience
Jill Gaikowski founded HappyBottoms in 2009 after learning about the need for diapers across the nation. After researching, Jill discovered that many cities were doing something about it and that she could help too - right here in Kansas City.  After founding HappyBottoms and serving as executive director until 2011 when she relocated to another city, Jill served as Board Member and remained active in HappyBottoms, and returned to Kansas City in 2014. In 2016, she rejoined HappyBottoms staff as a member of the development team and was again appointed executive director in January 2017. Jill is in the unique position of not only knowing, but truly experiencing, how far HappyBottoms has come as an agency and the headway we have made in meeting diaper need in Kansas City.
Jill spent the first part of her career as a project manager on award winning accounts for Ad Agencies in New York and Kansas City, most notably VML and FCB. Most recently Jill served as Executive Director of Mothers & More, a national motherhood membership organization.
​Jill spends most of her free time with her daughter, Riley - the inspiration for HappyBottoms.
Senior Staff
Title Director of Grants and Data
Experience/Biography
Teresa Winfield, HappyBottoms' first paid employee, was hired as Program Manager for HappyBottoms in January, 2013 and is now Director of Grants and Data. She received her BS in Business Administration from Truman State University and her Masters in Social Work from St. Louis University. Teresa started her career in the insurance industry, advancing to several claims management roles over her nine year tenure at Farmers Group.
 
Teresa has over 13 years experience working in the nonprofit sector. After earning her MSW, she did program planning and grant writing for Welfare to Work transportation programs in Maricopa County, Arizona, and she has seven years’ experience working with Kansas City nonprofits using the DonorEdge platform at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. At HappyBottoms, Teresa’s initial role included managing the diaper distribution program, volunteers, and warehouse functions. As program director in 2017-18, she drove strategy and planning for HappyBottoms' programs, including service strategy, program budgeting, identifying and cultivating program funding sources, community collaboration and outreach, and program evaluation.  In 2019, she has shifted her focus to grants and data.
Title Finance and Accounting Specialist
Experience/Biography
After a long career in the corporate financial/auditing sector, Pam Sutherlin was part of the team that assumed HappyBottoms’ leadership after Jill Gaikowski's relocation in 2010, serving as HappyBottoms’ volunteer Director of Finance and Operations from 2010 - 2015 and board member from 2010 - 2017. Pam has now returned to our staff as Finance and Accounting Specialist, managing all financial strategy, accounting, and internal audit functions.
Title Development Director
Experience/Biography

Susan joined Happy Bottoms in August 2019. For the past 20 + years Susan led development teams at Union Station and Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired.  From 1980-1999 she worked in her family’s trucking company, Belger Cartage Service. Susan attended Texas Christian University, studying business and marketing.

Susan is a past president of the Junior League of Kansas City, MO; and continues to volunteer as a Sustainer Advisor. She is active in the Kansas City World Outreach Lions Club and is on the Barstow Schools Board of Trustees, where she serves as Secretary and Trustee Governance Chair.

Susan and her husband,Tom love to travel, garden, go to Chiefs games and spend time with their two sons, Aaron & Jeff, daughter-in-laws, Alice and Margarita and grandson Monty.


Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 2300
Retention Rate 83%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 8
Male 0
Not Specified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

Local social service agencies and hospitals partner with HappyBottoms through written agreement. We use poverty statistics in each county we serve to identify gaps in coverage and add qualified agencies to meet these gaps when our funding supports the additional costs.

Partners:

  •  A Simple House
  • Avenue of Life 
  • Amethyst Place
  • Belton Area Young Life
  • CAPA
  • Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
  • Catholic Charities of KC-St. Joseph
  • Colonial Hills Necessities Pantry
  • Community Assistance Council 
  • Cornerstones of Care
  • Family Resource Centers of Cass County
  • Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs
  • Hillcrest Hope Transitional Housing
  • Hope House
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Jewish Vocational Services
  • Johnson County Christmas Bureau
  • Lee Ann Britain Center
  • Love INC of Clay County
  • Mattie Rhodes 
  • Metro Lutheran Ministries
  • Mimi's Pantry
  • Mother and Child Health Coalition
  • Open Arms Community Co-op
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Phoenix Family
  • reStart
  • Rose Brooks Center
  • Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
  • Silver City Apartments
  • Salvation Army Independence 
  • Synergy Services
  • True Light Family Resource Center
  • The Upper Room
  • United Inner City Services
  • Wyandotte Co. Healthy Start 
  • YMCA Early Head Start
  • Advent Health
  • Truman Medical Center
  • Liberty Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Health System
  • University of Kansas Health System
  • North Kansas City Hospital
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Community Partnership AwardJewish Vocational Services2015
Funds for ChangeNational Diaper Bank Network2015
Excellence in NonProfit LeadershipSupport Kansas City2016
Impact KCK Community Impact AwardAvenue of Life2018
Local Heroes (Jill Gaikowski)Ingram's Magazine2018
45th Anniversary HeroCAPA2020
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments HappyBottoms is a Regional Partner in the National Diaper Bank Network and a member of the Baby2Baby National Network.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jon Carpenter
Company Affiliation Allergan
Term July 2019 to July 2022
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Lisa AveryPriority Care Pediatrics
Jon CarpenterAllergan
Seth ChaikinGrant Thornton
John DeHardtKessinger Hunter
Sylvia HavertyCommunity Volunteer
Jenni HeathVML
Janet HouchenPro31
Kristin MaxwellCommunity Volunteer
Shari NelsonHallmark Cards
Janet RhoneTruman Medical Center
Carrie StewartCommerce Trust
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Finance
Executive
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments Board recruitment efforts are focusing on identifying qualified candidates who fit our goals to have a board makeup more aligned with the diversity of the clients we serve.  
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,109,650
Projected Expenses $1,109,083
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundations/Corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$772,651$476,742$569,875
Government Contributions$0$4,500$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified--$4,500--
Individual Contributions------
------
$52,725$0$5,612
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,406$2,812$4,179
Membership Dues------
Special Events$157,298$130,888$159,392
Revenue In-Kind$242,256$131,117$201,365
Other$693$1,442$2,021
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$655,913$714,612$703,750
Administration Expense$84,784$118,027$100,040
Fundraising Expense$80,837$81,155$84,507
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.200.670.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%78%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$658,288$490,880$732,796
Current Assets$637,273$411,128$609,512
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$14,557$11,388$3,493
Total Net Assets$643,731$479,492$729,303
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities43.7836.10174.50
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose Our landlord has given us right of first refusal to purchase our building.  Leadership and board are analyzing feasibility.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

HappyBottoms has always budgeted conservatively, and knowing we would eventually need to transition to paid staff and a diaper purchase model, built a strong reserve for future funding needs. We have borrowed proven business practices to effectively run our warehouse and operations, maximize service capacity, and set the stage for future growth.
 
Also key to HappyBottoms' success and sustainability is our robust volunteer labor force. In 2018, 2,303 volunteers donated 6,934 hours at market value of $153,813 to support our mission.
 
HappyBottoms' sustainability planning was tested in 2017. Our first paid executive director resigned in late 2016, and we began 2017 with new leadership and organizational structure and two open fundraising positions. Much of the year was spent reestablishing processes and controls, and fundraising suffered. Despite the challenge, we still had adequate cash flow to reach our planned 2017 service levels and expand programming with two pilot projects. Fortunately, our reserves exceeded, and still exceed best practice recommendations; although we transferred funds from our reserves in 2018 to meet expenses, we had an extremely strong fundraising year and met our 2018 budget with a $14,000 surplus.
 
The deficit on our 2016 audit relates primarily to inventory acquisition. In 2013-2015, HappyBottoms received donations of over 2.5 million Huggies diapers through NDBN. Huggies donations often came in one or two sizes only, resulting in gaps and overages that were filled with purchases from wholesale vendors. In 2016, NDBN/Huggies developed a purchasing program to replace its donation model, and we are now purchasing the bulk of our diapers. Although it requires a larger cash outlay and adjustments to our fundraising strategy, the ability to purchase sizes as needed has improved forecasting and eliminated the need to carry a large inventory.
 
To supplement and further diversify our funding mix, we began collecting partner administrative fees in 2018.  We also used our Diapermobile for fee-based partner diaper delivery and corporate team-building Mobile Diaper Wrapping events. We raised over $51,000 in program revenue from these efforts in 2018.
 
We relocated to a larger space in March, 2019 and added a second major event and other fundraising efforts to help cover increased occupancy and diaper expenses.
Other Documents
HappyBottoms Annual Report2018View
Organization Name HappyBottoms
Address 303 W. 79th Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
Primary Phone (855) 479-2867
Contact Email Info@HappyBottoms.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jill Gaikowski
Board Chair Mr. Jon Carpenter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Allergan
Year of Incorporation 2010