Jake’s Diapers has been selected to receive a $5,000 COVID-19 relief and recovery grant from The Red Backpack Fund, a collaborative effort between GlobalGiving and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation. Jake’s Diapers, based in Little Chute, Wis., is a nonprofit organization providing hygiene essentials to solve diaper need and end period poverty.
“We are so grateful for this grant,” stated Stephanie Bowers, Founder and Executive Director of Jake’s Diapers. “Our organization has experienced unprecedented demand during this pandemic. In the first six months of 2020, Jake’s distributed more than 1.1 million diapers, period products and other essential goods, impacting more than 26,500 lives. That’s a nearly 85% increase over ALL of 2019.”
“My hope is that this gift will help alleviate some of the pressures caused by this horrible pandemic,” said Spanx Founder Sara Blakely. “Twenty years ago, I started Spanx with $5,000 in savings, and I see this as a time to pay it forward. I want to provide some relief to small business and organization entrepreneurs during this time,”
The Red Backpack Fund is designed to combat economic hardship caused by COVID-19. Jake’s Diapers was selected for the grant based on its urgent need for COVID-19 relief and its demonstrated capacity to overcome COVID-19 setbacks. 1,000 women entrepreneurs will be receiving the funds; selected by a women-led team heading the selection process. The team included grant specialists, social workers, female entrepreneurs, analysts, and monitoring and evaluation experts.
“We’re pleased to include Jake’s Diapers as a recipient of a Red Backpack Fund grant,” said GlobalGiving CEO Alix Guerrier. “The world needs more women-led organizations who are a key force in overcoming COVID-19 and establishing a better normal.”
Learn more about The Red Backpack Fund at www.globalgiving.org/redbackpackfund.
About Jake’s Diapers
Jake’s Diapers, based in Little Chute, Wis., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing hygiene essentials to solve diaper need and end period poverty. Established in 2013, Jake’s Diapers was originally created to help 15 babies in an orphanage in Peru. That mission has expanded dramatically through the years. Today, Jake’s has impacted over 25,000 lives in over 20 countries including right here in Northeast Wisconsin. Jake’s is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network and is also rated Platinum on Guidestar, the highest nonprofit rating possible. You can learn more at: jakesdiapers.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
About The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation
Since its inception in 2006, the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation has donated millions to charities around the world, focusing on charities that empower underserved women and girls. In 2013, Sara Blakely became the first self-made, female billionaire to sign the Giving Pledge, created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, promising to give at least half her wealth to charity. In 2020, Sara and the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation launched the Red Backpack Fund in partnership with GlobalGiving. Back by Sara Blakely, the $5 million fund supports the recovery and revitalization of female-owned businesses in the U.S. impacted by the coronavirus crisis. While many of the world’s resources are being depleted, one is waiting to be unleashed: Women. The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation is on a mission to support women and help them SOAR through education, entrepreneurship and the arts. Learn more at www.spanxfoundation.com.
GlobalGiving is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit that makes it safe and easy to support important causes around the world. When a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic strikes, GlobalGiving quickly delivers funds to vetted organizations that are best-suited to lead immediate and long-term relief and recovery. As part of its mission to accelerate community-led change, GlobalGiving provides tools, training, and support to help nonprofits, donors, and companies increase their impact and make the world a better place. Learn more at www.globalgiving.org