march for babies blog
Raise $200+ to get the official March for Babies “Go Baby Go” t-shirt seen here with our March for Babies Celebrity Ambassador and mom Hilary Duff! This t-shirt was designed by a military mom with a connection to the March of Dimes mission. It’s not for sale, so you’ve got to fundraise to get it! Need help? We’ve got lots of resources – check our blog often for tips!
Haven’t registered yet? It’s not too late to get started! Visit our homepage and type in your zip code to pull up walks near you – including dates, locations, and times!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
It’s mid-March and it’s March for Babies season! Today is a great day to get registered and start asking your family and friends for donations! Need some help? We’ve got 5 easy ways to ask:
#1 Fundraise online
The winning way to fundraise. We know how busy you are. Online fundraising is faster and brings in 3 times more money. Share your personal fundraising link via email and post on social media like Facebook and Twitter!
#2 Make your own donation
There’s a lot of value in setting a great example and showing how much you care.
Post your reason for walking, status updates, pictures, etc., to Facebook and Twitter to create a fabulous fundraising network. Don’t forget to include your personal fundraising link.
#4 One-stop fundraising
From the Dashboard on your personal fundraising page, you can upload photos to personalize badges for your emails, website or blog; or create funny, friendly eCards.
#5 Stay connected
Your Dashboard also lets you: download iPhone® and Android apps so you can conduct your campaign from the palm of your hand; download our Facebook app; or easily spread the word with the social media share buttons.
#6 Double your donations
Asking your donors if their company has a matching gift program is a terrific way to raise twice as much.
#7 Call on colleagues
Talk about the walk face-to-face, leave notes around the office or hang posters in your workspace and on bulletin boards.
#8 Outside the box
Beyond work, reach out to a ready and caring audience: your children’s school, an organization you belong to, a place of worship.
#9 Quick way to $250
Cann’t hurt to give this a try! Make a $25 donation. Ask three friends to match it; two family members for $20; four colleagues for $15; a neighbor for $10; your doctor for $25; and a local merchant for $15. You did it!
#10 Remind and thank
Don’t miss an opportunity to help babies. Send reminders to those who expressed interest but haven’t yet donated. Please thank everyone genuinely and enthusiastically for supporting you and remind them how special they are.
When you start raising money during March for Babies, you will naturally start to get the question “where does my money go?” The answer to this question is both easy and hard – the March of Dimes helps babies, but in so many ways, you might not know them all!
That’s why we invite you to share this infographic that shows what we do in just one year! Just follow the link, right click, and save! Then you can share it to Facebook, Twitter, and more!
If you haven’t started your fundraising yet, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time! Visit our website to register and start your fundraising today. You’re making the difference for stronger, healthier babies!
It’s that time of year again – it’s March for Babies season! We all love walking for babies, but sometimes the hardest thing is kicking off your team’s fundraising. One of the easiest ways to do it is to donate to yourself when you register! It shows your family and friends that you believe in the cause you’re fundraising for and it feels great to see the first donation on your personal fundraising dashboard!
This year, we’ve made it even easier to donate to your own team – as soon as you register, a pop-up will appear prompting you to make a donation to yourself! Whether it’s just $10, $15, or $20 – you can jump-start your fundraising and feel great! The earlier you start, the more time you have to fundraise! So don’t delay – register today and kick off your fundraising that helps moms and babies through education and research!
Even as people are starting to register and reactivate their March for Babies 2014 walks, muster their teams, and shine their marching shoes, we are hard at work improving MarchforBabies.org!
In the next few weeks, expect to see a great new look on our web site. Plus, there will also be new tools and features to maximize your fundraising efforts!
We thank you for all your support. Thanks to all your hard work, just look at what you’ve helped accomplish:
Here is to a safe and happy holiday and a great start to March for Babies 2014!
Exciting news! Singer Troy Cartwright is generously donating the proceeds and tips from “Change the World” to the March of Dimes in honor of our 75th anniversary. Troy is proud and excited to be supporting the March of Dimes:
“My older sister was born premature and received care in a neonatal intensive care unit, an idea promoted and advanced by the March of Dimes. It is a real honor for me to be able to give something back to an organization that has provided me and many other families so much joy. I don’t know where I would be without my big sisters and I know there are millions of other little brothers and sisters who feel the same way.”
Download it here!
To learn more about Troy, visit http://www.troycartwright.com
The two times I was expecting, the question I heard most often was, “Are you hoping for a boy or a girl”? It was a very typical question at a time when determining the baby’s gender before birth was less routine. I truly had no preference, and my response was always, “As long as the baby is healthy, it doesn’t matter.”
When I came to work for the March of Dimes and became more familiar with all they do, something dawned on me. I realized that my hope of having a healthy baby had been their hope, too. I was touched by the thought that this foundation has been devoting its research and programs to help my babies begin healthy lives. And in the event they had been born too soon or sick, treatments had been developed to give them a greater chance to survive and thrive. Absolutely nothing could mean more to me. Nothing in the world.
With Mother’s Day approaching, I can’t help thinking about the millions of babies born each year, and how the March of Dimes supports each of them through its 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. And what a meaningful gift it would be to honor a special mom by making a donation to help continue this lifesaving mission.
For moms. For babies. For health. For hope. For generations to come.
As you know, March for Babies is our biggest annual fundraiser that supports lifesaving research and groundbreaking programs for babies, moms and families. Our hopes were high, but we haven’t reached our goal…YET. You can make this happen. Even if your walk day has passed, your opportunity to help babies hasn’t.
Listen to this — if you go the extra mile for babies, you could be going places! For every additional $100 you raise on marchforbabies.org via credit card or PayPal* between May 1 and May 8, you’ll be entered to win two round-trip tickets on United Airlines.
You can be the lucky winner AND bring us closer to our goal!
• Challenge is limited to online funds raised between midnight ET on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, and midnight ET Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Funds raised before or after these dates and times will not count toward entry.
• Only donations made to individual walkers are eligible: donations made to a March for Babies team and not to a specific walker will not count toward entry.
• The travel certificates are valid for travel from anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States/ Alaska/Canada/Caribbean/Mexico to anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States/Alaska/ Canada/Caribbean/Mexico. Offer valid only on UA flights operated by United and United Express. Travel is not permitted on other codeshare flights. Please note some codeshare flights may not have applicable booking classes available. Therefore, bookings are only permitted on flights offering applicable class of service. Travel valid June 1, 2013 – June 1, 2014.
Winner will be posted on facebook.com/marchofdimes.
March of Dimes New York Division Celebrity Chairman Eli Manning kicked off the New York City March for Babies walk today with March of Dimes President Jennifer Howse, Vice President and General Manager of GE Aviation Bill Fitzgerald, New York Division Ambassador Daphne and her parents, and Diego from Dora the Explorer!
Thanks everyone who came out to the New York City Walk!
Jordin Horowitz, Top Youth Walker; Samantha Harris; Linda Cardellini; Barry Simmons, Bank of America; Steve Henning LA Board Chair/State Board Member; and in Talia Sommer (in front) lead off the starting line of the March of Dimes California Chapter March for Babies walk at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.
More than 15,0000 walkers joined together for the walk for healthier babies! Wow!