march for babies blog
Get ready for March for Babies this weekend in more than 200 communities across the country. Rain or shine, millions of March of Dimes fundraisers are gearing up to join family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and others to walk, celebrate and raise funds for stronger, healthier babies.
From celebrities and local elected officials to your neighbor down the street, caring individuals like you have helped drive the mission of the March of Dimes to a long, rich history of success. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes continues to fund critical, lifesaving research and medical breakthroughs that benefit countless people around the world. We also connect with moms and moms-to-be through our websites, printed materials, videos and community programs, and offer information and comfort to families with a baby in newborn intensive care. Today, we fight the crisis of premature birth, which affects 1 of every 9 babies born in the United States. Help put an end to this and other health problems that threaten our babies. Come out and walk, donate and raise money as we work together for stronger, healthier babies. Thank you!
Find a March for Babies near you at marchforbabies.org
Are you registered yet? March for Babies events take place in hundreds of cities and towns across the country, so there’s sure to be a site near you. To find one, visit the homepage of marchforbabies.org and scroll down to the box that says, “Find a local event.” Just enter your ZIP code, and you’ll get a list of events in your area. Join your family, neighbors and co-workers for a great cause: helping babies get a healthy start in life. When you raise $1,000 or more, you’ll become a member of our Circle of Champions and earn some great incentive gifts.
Whether you walk on your own, with a few friends or family members, or a large company team, you can feel great about raising money for research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
Everything you need to get started is right here at marchforbabies.org. Join us!
It’s March for Babies season, when we start looking ahead to the freshness of spring and walking to help babies. While the number of babies born too soon has gone down for 7 years in a row, more than 450,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the United States. Families need our help right now! The money you raise will support research into the causes and preventions for premature birth so that more babies can be born healthy and strong.
Whether you register as an individual fundraising walker or part of a team, you’re making a difference for moms and babies everywhere. If you haven’t already done so, why not get started with a donation to yourself? 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! Ask those friends and family members to raise money and walk with you and make an even bigger impact!
The earlier you start, the more time you have to fundraise! Set a goal of $1,000 or more, and be a member of our Circle of Champions. You will earn some exciting incentive gifts. Thank you for joining us!
The results are in – and they’re amazing! Kmart’s Shop Your Way members, customers and associates have donated a record-breaking $11 million this year to the March of Dimes through their March for Babies fundraising campaign!
Kmart has been our #1 partner for 31 years and has raised more than $125 million for stronger, healthier babies!
Thank you Kmart!
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!
Looking for resources to help with your March for Babies fundraising on social media? Check out our tips below!
We also have these cute memes that you can use to boost your recruitment and fundraising! Tag family members and friends as they register & donate!
For high resolution, click on the photo, and it will pull up in a new window or tab. Then right click to save! You can share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Haven’t registered for March for Babies yet? It’s not too late to get started! Click here to register as an individual walker or start your own family team!
Kmart has been March of Dimes’ top corporate partner for 31 years! This year when you donate to March of Dimes at a Kmart store, Shop Your Way members receive a coupon to earn 5% in points on your next qualifying purchase 3/23-6/21! Get started today!
*Offer valid 3/23/14 – 6/21/14 in-store and online. Coupon prints at register. Restrictions and exclusions apply to coupon redemption. See coupon for details. 100% of your donation benefits March of Dimes. Donate by 6/21/2014. Members earn Points on Qualifying Purchases, excluding sales taxes and other fees. See www.shopyourway.com for details.
We hope you’re excited about 2014 March for Babies! It’s Fundraising Friday, and we recommend you check out our Fundraising Companion video, which is full of helpful tips!
Every dollar you raise in March for Babies helps support research and programs that help moms, babies, and families.
If you haven’t yet, register and start your fundraising today!
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.