Exciting changes are on the horizon for BabiesNow! Foundation! After serving as President from our inception, in 2009, I am stepping aside for a great leader, Liz Nichols. Liz takes office September 1, 2017,and I will continue to serve on the Board as “Past President.”
Liz has served on our Board of Directors since December, 2012, including positions as Secretary and Grants Chair, and is all set to lead BabiesNow! Foundation into its next phase! Here are some of the exciting updates ahead:
New Address: We will have a new address: 5082 E. Hampden Ave., Suite 161, Denver, CO 80222.
Fundraising Brunch: Our “Wear Your Pearls Girls” brunch will be held at a new venue and at a new day: Saturday, October 7, 10:00-12:00. The location is the Pinnacle at City Park Tower 1 Clubhouse, 2990 E. 17th Ave. It is located across from City Park at 17th Avenue and Fillmore.
The price is $100 per person. All proceeds will go to our non-profit beneficiaries to purchase diapers and wipes to incentivize families in need to participate in programs that benefit babies. We will have yet another great guest speaker: Jeanelle Sheeder, MSPH, PhD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program (CAMP). We are proud and honored that Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, will again be a Sponsor of the Pearls brunch.
Update on Spring 2017 Grant Awards: We gave $19,000 in monetary grants during our spring 2017 grants period! We have decided not to offer monetary grants for this fall period, which will be the first time since 2009 that we have skipped a grant period. This transition time will be beneficial as we change Presidents and encourage increased participation from new stakeholders and engage in strategic planning. To that end, thus the change from a Thursday brunch to Saturday morning!
Abby & Finn Partnership: We are excited that we have the support of additional businesses in the community. Abby & Finn [formerly known as My Diaper Box] has donated over 20,000 diapers to BabiesNow! This is a company that believes in philanthropy, and in promoting the health of babies in need. Thank you Abby & Finn! We look forward to our continued partnership with your company.
LIV Sotheby’s has located diaper/wipes bins at each of its Castle Pines Village open house locations, and will give them to BabiesNow! Foundation! We are very proud and appreciative that LIV Sotheby’s supports us. Thank you LIV Sotheby’s!
AIMCO: In addition, Aimco sent us a generous donation of $920! Aimco has a fundraiser that allows any employee of the Corporate office in Denver to wear jeans for a week. Employees can nominate non-profits to receive the funds. There are usually 2-4 nonprofits on the list for one month, and anyone who pays to wear jeans can vote for one of the nonprofits. BabiesNow! won the vote in June! Thank you Aimco!
Stay in touch to learn how BabiesNow! Foundation - a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization - is growing to meet an increasing demand for diapers. Nonprofits are gaining attendance and participation in important programs because the moms/families in need, receive diapers from BabiesNow! WE ALL THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
At the May 19, 2016 meeting of the BabiesNow! Foundation Board of Directors, $22,200 in monetary grants, or 111,000 diapers — the largest amount ever given in one grant period — were made to 11 beneficiary organizations to purchase diapers and wipes. All of the beneficiary organizations use diapers/wipes as an incentive for moms/families in need to participate in programs that benefit the babies.
In 2015, BabiesNow! Foundation gave $29,000 to beneficiary organizations to purchase diapers and wipes to incentivize families in need to participate in programs that benefit babies. This means that 145,000 diapers will help keep Colorado's babies clean and dry.
BabiesNow! Foundation awarded 10 Denver area nonprofit beneficiaries over $23,000 in monetary grants to purchase diapers and wipes, in October, 2013. Over $13,000 of this money was raised at our 3rd annual “Wear Your Pearls Girls” brunch, held Sept. 19, 2013. Recipients are: Aurora Public Schools Young Parenting Program, Boulder County Public Health GENESIS, Children’s Hospital Colorado Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program (CAMP), Denver EFFECT, Doctors Care, Florence Crittenton Services (Baby Bucks program), Institute for Children’s Mental Disorders, Laradon Hall Society for Exceptional Children, St. Vrain Center (Young Mom’s Groups), and Sun Foundation for Developmental Pathways. All of the money was given to our non-profit beneficiaries to purchase diapers and wipes to be used as incentives for moms/families in need to attend programs that benefit their babies.
How do incentives matter? Here are two examples: A young mom is given an appointment reminder card, and told if she keeps her appointment, she will receive diapers for her baby. On the day of the appointment (a well baby check up), she runs into the clinic, worried she missed her appointment and the free diapers. Her ride wanted to cancel, but she begged him to drive her as planned so she could keep her appointment and receive the diapers. The clinic made the necessary adjustment, as she did not arrive too late. One cancellation avoided, and one baby receives the well baby check up as scheduled.
A therapist is in her car on the way to visit a mom and her family. The visit is part of a series of visits to help prevent child abuse. The therapist calls her client to confirm that she is on her way, and the client asks if there are free diapers. When the therapist arrives, she finds the client more receptive to the visit, and participates in a bonding session while diapering her baby.
Former teacher and retired attorney; community volunteer. “I founded BabiesNow! Foundation in the midst of the Recession, because I was amazed at the price of diapers and wanted to help our community’s babies in need.”