As we approach our annual meeting, held in April/May, we’ve completed our annual report showing the impact the Real Diaper Association had within and beyond the cloth diapering community in 2012. Here are some excerpts from the introduction.
Ultimately, the Real Diaper Association is an organization full of people who help other people achieve the benefits of using reusable cloth diapers. This is why people join our organization – - they recognize the power of working together toward our shared goal! Any review of our work involves recognizing our volunteers, including the Board of Directors, accredited Real Diaper Circle Leaders, Leaders in Training, hosts of the Great Cloth Diaper Change, and our donor members and social media connections, all of whom are spreading the word and supporting their friends and family in finding and using reusable cloth diapers.
Working together, we are having a powerful impact:
The Real Diaper Association is tracking and responding to the findings of studies regarding the interaction of Millennials with nonprofit organizations. Instead of sending their annual renewable membership donations, Millennials are more likely to give in the form of volunteering, allowing their money to follow their effort. The Great Cloth Diaper Change is a great design to reach these constituents and conduct education and fundraising at the same time. We will continue to explore other funding sources as we partner with other organizations to spread our message about reusable cloth diapers.
Each year, we set new goals at our Annual Meeting in April. This year, we have the benefit of guiding information in the form of results of our 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Survey of 6550 current cloth diapering parents. The preview from our End of Year meeting includes these likely candidates for 2013 goals:
- increasing volunteer opportunities across the organization,
- a new website to better communicate with our constituents.
- Heather McNamara
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association