HappyBottoms
14820 W. 107th Street
Lenexa KS 66215


Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (855) 479-2867
Mission Statement
HappyBottoms works with local social service agency partners to provide diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of diaper need in our community.
When the idea of HappyBottoms was conceived, our founder knew anecdotally from local social service agencies that families with children requested diapers from them more than any other item, supporting the need for a diaper bank in Kansas City. Not only are clean, dry diapers a basic need, they are also integral to the health and well-being of growing babies and healthy families. Currently, no government safety net programs (such as SNAP, WIC, or Medicaid) support the cost of diapers for low-income families, leaving them to struggle with an expense of up to $125 per month, per diaper-aged child. Since 2009, HappyBottoms has strived to meet local diaper need by partnering with agencies and serving children in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jill Gaikowski
Board Chair Seth Chaikin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Grant Thornton
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
HappyBottoms works with local social service agency partners to provide diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of diaper need in our community.
When the idea of HappyBottoms was conceived, our founder knew anecdotally from local social service agencies that families with children requested diapers from them more than any other item, supporting the need for a diaper bank in Kansas City. Not only are clean, dry diapers a basic need, they are also integral to the health and well-being of growing babies and healthy families. Currently, no government safety net programs (such as SNAP, WIC, or Medicaid) support the cost of diapers for low-income families, leaving them to struggle with an expense of up to $125 per month, per diaper-aged child. Since 2009, HappyBottoms has strived to meet local diaper need by partnering with agencies and serving children in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.
Background Statement

Jill Gaikowski, a young mom who was dismayed to find that diapers are not covered by any government assistance or safety net program, 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. 

The new HappyBottoms team continued community drives and purchased diapers from Harvesters, and began monthly distributions of 50 diapers or 30 training pants per child to 8 agencies by April 2011. Client data and agency diaper orders were tracked with a Google Docs system.  As part of the launch of National Diaper Bank Network, we received 250,000 donated Huggies diapers in late 2011, stored at a partner agency warehouse. From April-December, 2011  we provided 166,842 diapers to 1,507 unduplicated children through 14 partners. 
  • In 2012, volunteers began sorting, counting, and repackaging diapers at donated warehouse space in Lenexa, KS.  In January 2013, we hired our first employee, a Program Manager.  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 for a small administrative fee.
  • In 2013-14, HappyBottoms built capacity including upgraded 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.
  • In late 2014, HappyBottoms implemented our “Bundles of Joy” program providing diapers to low income newborns at five area hospitals along with information about our ongoing program.    
  • In 2015, HappyBottoms 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 five full time and two part time team members. 
  • In 2016, HappyBottoms served an average of 2,530 children/month (8,677 unduplicated) through 35 partner agencies and 200 monthly with Bundles of Joy. We expect to average 2,750 agency children and 160 Bundles of Joy children per month and reach 10,000 unduplicated children by the end of 2017.
Impact Statement

In April 2011, the first month HappyBottoms officially tracked service data, we served 148 children.  During 2016, HappyBottoms distributed a total of 1,789,739 diapers to an average of 2,522 children per month, reaching 8,677 unduplicated children.

2016 Accomplishments: 

  •  Distributed 1,789,739 diapers to 8,677 unduplicated children through 35 local social service partner agencies/49 distribution sites in 2016. We provided diapers to a monthly average of 2,522 children, an increase of 11% from 2015.
  • Made our “Bundles of Joy” hospital distribution program a part of our permanent programming. We provide diapers, our educational brochure, and information about our ongoing distribution program to low income mothers and newborns at five area hospitals (Truman Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Liberty Hospital, Shawnee Mission Health and St. Luke’s Health System).
  • Increased our average monthly volunteer hours by 50%.
  • Awarded the Excellence in NonProfit Leadership Award from Support KC.

2017 Goals and Accomplishments To Date:

Goal:  Distribute 1,830,000 diapers to 10,000 unduplicated children (average of 2,750 children each month). Our original strategic goal was to reach 10,000 children by EOY 2018 but moved up a year in light of our growth and progress.
Progress:  Monthly average of 2,734 agency children through October, expected to reach 10,000 unduplicated children by year end.
 
Goal:  Pilot a potty-training education program in conjunction with Junior League and other community partners.
Progress:  Pilot launched November 1, will be completed May 2018.
 
Goal:  Upgrade client database to include integrated inventory management system.
Progress:  Development underway, completion goal January 2018.
 
Goal: Secure funding for a mobile outreach and enrollment pilot (HappyBottoms Diapermobile) to reach un-/underserved areas ("diaper deserts").
Progress:  Funding secured summer 2017 and program currently under development.  Launch expected January 2018. 
Needs Statement

US Census poverty data for 2015 showed that 22,750 children in the six-county Kansas City Metro area need diaper assistance.  HappyBottoms continues to make headway in addressing diaper need in our community, having grown from providing diapers to  1,507 unduplicated children in 2011 to 8,677 unduplicated children in 2016.  In 2016, 86% of  children receiving diapers live at or below the federal poverty level.  We anticipate serving nearly 10,000 unduplicated children in 2017 and increasing that number by 20% in 2018 in response to need in the community.

HappyBottoms greatest needs include: 

  1. General operating support to build infrastructure and sustain and grow the capacity of our existing programs.
  2. Programmatic support to grow our existing programs and expand programming to meet more of Kansas City's diaper need.
  3. Funding for diapers to increase the number of children served.
  4. Community volunteers for diaper processing in our warehouse and to organize and lead fundraising events. 
  5. Opportunities to increase awareness in the community about the impact of diaper need
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

Since 2009, HappyBottoms has demonstrated that a diaper bank is a necessity in a community where the number one requested item by families with children at social service agencies is diapers.  In a 2015 client survey conducted by HappyBottoms, 8% of our parents said they had re-used a disposable diaper; and 1 in 5 parents had to turn to a payday 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 590% growth in unduplicated children served from 2011 to 2016. We anticipate reaching approximately 41% of children who need diapers in our service area by the end of 2017, and we are shoring up our infrastructure and resources so we can grow to meet even more of the need moving forward.

Like all non-profits, ongoing and sustainable funding presents challenges. To meet these challenges, HappyBottoms has a three year strategic plan which includes an annual development plan. The plan focuses on increasing individual donor giving through stewardship, continuing to build strong community partnerships with corporations and civic groups who help fund our programs, growing foundation funding and continuing to build our successful fundraising and awareness events.

Programs
Description

HappyBottoms' provides eligible children (generally, household income less than 150% of FPL) with 50 diapers or 30 training pants per month through one of our 49 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.  At the appropriate developmental stage, HappyBottoms provides an educational brochure with potty training best practices.      

Partner agencies enter client data and monthly order and distribution data into our online portal. In 2016, 31% of participants were African American, 22% were White, 18% were Hispanic, and 10% were multi-racial.  Economic indicators showed 38% of parents worked; 39% of parents received Medicaid while 30% were uninsured; 48% of families received SNAP and 49% WIC.  74% of enrolled children received Medicaid.  48% of children served were female/52% male.

Program Budget $637,375.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Goods & Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

By providing an adequate supply of diapers, HappyBottoms bridges the gap between what a child needs and what a family can afford. Addressing the basic need of diapers helps stabilize families in crisis and improve the physical health conditions for babies. Clean, dry diapers are important to the health and well-being of growing babies. Studies have shown the negative impact of diaper need on low income families- these families cut back on food, utility bills, medical expenses and rent in an effort to afford products including diapers. 48% of low income families delay changing diapers and 32% reuse diapers to afford other basic household goods. Delayed changing and reusing disposable diapers can lead to skin and urinary tract infections. Providing diapers and education on healthy behaviors eliminates one more stress for a family already struggling with the health challenges of poverty.

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.  

  • 2013: Provided 665,500 diapers to a monthly average of 1,059 children at 22 agencies. 77% of these children live at FPL or below.
  • 2014: Provided 1,168,140 diapers to a monthly average of 1,769 children at 27 agencies. 79% of these children live at FPL or below.
  • 2015: Provided 1,642,160 diapers to a monthly average of 2,238 children (7,964 unduplicated) through 35 local social service partner agencies; 85% of these children live at FPL or below
  • 2016:  Provided 1,789,739 diapers to a monthly average of 2,522 children (8,677 unduplicated) through 35 local social service partner agencies.
  • 2017:  Projected 1.83 million diapers to 2,750 average agency children per month, 10,000 annual unduplicated children by year end.
Examples of Program Success

Mary Harris struggled to afford diapers and admits she once stole diapers. She says not being able to afford diapers and having nowhere to turn for help was depressing: "I felt so lonely, I felt like a failure," Thanks to our partner agency Amethyst Place, Mary passed the GED and is taking classes at Penn Valley to become a teacher. Because she is not working, her budget is tight. After all the bills are paid Mary has less than $100, so diapers from HappyBottoms provide a huge help for her family.

Another client wrote: I came to the U.S. 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 as a result of an oversupply of Size 1 diapers, the  “Bundles of Joy,” program distributes diapers, educational brochures, and information about our ongoing monthly program to low-income parents who’ve 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 $42,496.00
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 service 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 2016, our Bundles of Joy hospitals served an average of 200 children per month.  Over the lifetime of the program (November 2014 - present), 20% of  eligible Bundles of Joy children served have transitioned over to our ongoing distribution program.
Description HappyBottoms' Potty Training Education Pilot Program will be launched in Fall 2017.  A partnership with Hickman Mills Parents as Teachers and Junior League of Kansas City Missouri, the pilot will provide a curriculum-based parent training program and a potty training kit to 100 parents through either a group class or video instruction.  Participants will be selected based on age of child and readiness screening.  Parents taking the class or watching the video will be surveyed and results evaluated to determine the best method to expand the program to all eligible HappyBottoms participants.  
Program Budget $10,000.00
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 successfully help their child complete potty training.
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 program goal is for 80% of pilot participants to successfully complete potty training with their child within two months of participation.  
Examples of Program Success Pilot will be launched in Fall 2017.
Description The HappyBottoms Diapermobile will be launched in January 2018 and will identify, enroll, and provide diapers to children in two targeted areas ("diaper deserts") currently underserved by HappyBottoms, Southeast Kansas City/Jackson County and urban Wyandotte County. We are working to establish a route/schedule for each of the two areas and ensure stops are located sites that provide services to low-income families and are convenient to public transportation. The pilot will be messaged to potential clients through partners, printed flyers, social media, and our website. Initially, Diapermobile staff will enroll clients and provide diaper distribution for up to three months, referring clients to an existing partner agency for ongoing service where warranted. Ongoing program evaluation will determine if traffic in a particular area supports addition of a partner agency or if the Diapermobile is a feasible alternative for ongoing service.
Program Budget $66,000.00
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 Educate eligible clients about the HappyBottoms program and provide them with diapers for up to three months.
Long-Term Success Diapermobile clients learn about HappyBottoms and after initial service period, are referred to new or existing agencies for ongoing service.  We will also consider the Diapermobile as an alternative for ongoing service if clients have access to additional services from the Diapermobile partner.  
Program Success Monitored By Geographic service data will evaluated.  If 50 or more new clients per month are enrolled in a particular geographic area, HappyBottoms will establish permanent partner agency to provide ongoing service.   
Examples of Program Success Pilot program is under development and will be launched in January 2018.
CEO Comments
To further measure the local impact of our services, HappyBottoms is currently implementing a two-phase evidence-based outcomes study. Phase one surveyed front line workers/key informants from our partner agencies, while the second phase will collect data from direct client surveys. Key informant survey results showed respondents strongly agreed or agreed with the following observations about the impact of their clients' participation in HappyBottoms: 66% of clients felt encouraged to discuss other complex issues; 85% of clients sought other services from the agency; 60% of new families sought agency services; 74% of clients were able to pay other bills because of diaper assistance; 78% of children cried less and were less irritable; 93% of parents' stress was reduced. The client survey phase will be completed and results compiled by end of 2017.
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. That's how HappyBottoms began. 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.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography Teresa Winfield, HappyBottoms' first paid employee, was hired as Program Manager for HappyBottoms in January, 2013 and is now Program Director. 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 receiving 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, but she now drives strategy and planning for HappyBottoms' programs, including service strategy, program budgeting, identifying and cultivating program funding sources, community collaboration and outreach, and program evaluation.
Title Business Manager
Experience/Biography Business Manager Beth Canipe joined the HappyBottoms team in September 2016. Beth oversees HappyBottoms’ office and warehouse facilities; donation/accounts receivable tracking; and systems, database, and technology support. Beth spent nearly a decade working for journalism nonprofits where she managed several prestigious awards programs, including the duPont Awards and the John Chancellor Award programs at Columbia University. Prior to that, she was the Resource Center Director for Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she coordinated the annual IRE Awards from 2004-2011.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 1856
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 50%
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 apply to become partners with HappyBottoms through a written agreement. We use poverty statistics in each county we serve to identify gaps in coverage and add qualified agencies to meet these gaps. We only add agencies when our funding supports the additional costs.

Partners:

  •  A Simple House
  • Avenue of Life 
  • Amethyst Place
  • Baby Grace
  • Belton Area Young Life
  • CAPA
  • Catholic Charities of NE Ks.
  • Catholic Charities of KC-St. Joe
  • Colonial Hills Necessities Pantry
  • Community Assistance Council 
  • Cornerstones of Care
  • Cross-Lines Community Outreach
  • Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs
  • Hillcrest Hope Transitional Housing
  • Hope Faith Ministries
  • 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
  • Mother and Child Health Coalition
  • Open Arms Community Co-op
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Phoenix Family
  • reStart
  • Rose Brooks 
  • Salvation Army
  • Children’s Shelter
  • Independence pantry
  • Synergy Services
  • True Light FRC
  • The Upper Room
  • United Inner City Services
  • Wyandotte Co. Healthy Start 
  • YMCA Early Head Start
  • Shawnee Mission Health
  • Truman Medical Center
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Liberty Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Health System
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Excellence in NonProfit LeadershipSupport Kansas City2016
Community Partnership AwardJewish Vocational Services2015
Funds for Change National Diaper Bank Network2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments HappyBottoms is a Regional Partner in the National Diaper Bank Network.
Board Chair
Board Chair Seth Chaikin
Company Affiliation Grant Thornton
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Email seth.chaikin@us.gt.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Seth Chaikin Grant Thornton
Susan DeCoursey Martin Leigh, PC
John DeHardt Kessinger Hunter
Sylvia Haverty Community Volunteer
Jenni Heath VML
Tess Koppelman Moxley Talent
Kristin Maxwell Community Volunteer
Shari Nelson Hallmark Cards
Robert Parker TPP CPAs
Carrie Stewart Commerce Trust
Elizabeth Sutherlin Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 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


Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $889,550
Projected Expenses $889,550
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$446,830$342,957$202,808
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0--$0
State$0--$0
Local$0--$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$0--$0
$0$0$0
$4,824$5,546$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,642$1,092$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$137,450$122,719$90,704
Revenue In-Kind$278,932$210,256$393,142
Other$4,022$1,310$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$651,032$334,217$253,179
Administration Expense$92,046$32,244$37,527
Fundraising Expense$85,623$25,790$22,704
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.742.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%85%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%6%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$877,728$830,921$537,893
Current Assets$863,497$496,727$524,541
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,207$2,399$1,000
Total Net Assets$876,521$828,522$536,893
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities715.41207.06524.54
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountNational Diaper Bank Network $164,347 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $50,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUS Trust _ Bank of America Corp $25,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Throughout HappyBottoms' life cycle, we have planned with sustainability in mind. Even with the unprecedented growth of the past six years, we have always budgeted conservatively and build a strong reserve for emergency funding needs. While at its heart HappyBottoms is a social service agency, we have borrowed proven business practices such as Lean management techniques, automated diaper wrapping, and Web-based data and inventory tracking systems from the for-profit sector 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 2016, 1,856 volunteers donated 6,953 hours of their time at a fair market value of $114,725 to help get diapers out the door to our agencies and hospitals, as well as assist with events, programming, and fundraising.
 
HappyBottoms' leadership and staff have worked to cultivate a diverse, sustainable funding base. In 2016, 32% of total revenue came from events, 12% from individuals, 12% from corporations and groups, and 44% from foundations and other grants. In addition, 54% of the dollar value of the diapers we distributed in 2016 was donated from the community or corporate sources.
 
Contrary to prior year trends, our 2016 audited financial statements show a deficit, primarily related directly to inventory acquisition. Higher diaper purchase expense and lower year-end diaper inventory are a result of changes in the National Diaper Bank Network/Huggies Diaper Program and improved inventory forecasting by HappyBottoms. In 2013-2014, HappyBottoms was one of 6 diaper banks nationwide to participate in a pilot program with NDBN/Huggies in which we acquired donations of one million diapers each year for a nominal handling fee. In 2015, the program was modified but still required the acquisition of truckloads of diapers in unspecified sizes, resulting in the need to purchase sizes not provided by Huggies from other vendors. In 2016, Huggies developed a lower cost purchasing program for diaper banks only to replace its donation program. As a result, we are transitioning from acquiring the bulk of our diapers from Huggies donations to purchasing diapers from Huggies and other vendors with donated funds. Although it requires a larger revenue outlay, the ability to purchase diaper sizes as needed allows us to fully utilize our diaper need forecast model and achieve LEAN inventory management, eliminating the need to carry a large inventory on hand.
Organization Name HappyBottoms
Address 14820 W. 107th Street
Lenexa, KS 66215
Primary Phone (855) 479-2867
Contact Email Info@HappyBottoms.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jill Gaikowski
Board Chair Seth Chaikin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Grant Thornton
Year of Incorporation 2010