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10 Mar
Volunteers

As spring approaches, it becomes natural for me to start dreaming of tulips, sunshine, green grass, and the March for Babies. March for Babies has become a lifelong tradition; I started walking for the March of Dimes before kindergarten when I was the local ambassador child for the walk.

At the young age of six or seven, I felt like a celebrity when I received the privilege of cutting the ribbon in front of the walk route; I felt like royalty when cheering, “Walk for someone you love!” from my perch in my little red wagon along the six mile trek.

While I knew that being born eight weeks early was something that made me special, I didn’t realize the extent the March of Dimes played in my well being until much later.

Now as I set my fundraising goals and try to sculpt the March of Dimes into a brand new college atmosphere, I realize the greatest contributions I’ve received from others for the March of Dimes are the memories I’ve made in walking annually for over 12 years. These memories outreach any fundraising goal I could ever set.

Thus, I encourage each volunteer to make the March for Babies a tradition in his or her life. Share your March of Dimes memories generously and the sponsorship will naturally follow.

This guest post comes to us from Kelsey, a March of Dimes National Youth Council member.

9 Mar
Online Fundraising

Printable Fundraising Badges

Posted by Online Fundraising

In this mile-a-minute internet savvy world it is easy to forget that not everyone will see your March for Babies Facebook app or your e-mail signature badge. After the walk last year you said:  “@marchforbabies, sometimes you need some honest to goodness paper reminders.”  Well, we could be paraphrasing that a bit, but your message came across loud and clear.

On our spread the word page we now have printable badges in both postcard and business card size.  Print them, write in your user name that will link people to your personal fundraising page, hand them out and you’re good to go!  These just may be the gentle paper reminder that puts you over your goal!

6 Mar
Volunteers

Commemorating Black History Month

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Lewis

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Lewis

The March of Dimes hosted a Black History Month breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles for celebrity volunteers, corporate supporters, and national service partners to discuss the alarming rates of premature birth in the African-American community. Lisa Leslie, expectant mom, retired WNBA/LA Sparks player, and March of Dimes volunteer (first row, second from left) was joined by fellow March of Dimes volunteers Rachel Bervell, National Youth Council member, Harvard College; Densel Fleming, March of Dimes ambassador father; Chef Rahman “Rock” Harper, Hell’s Kitchen winner; Faye McClure, Director of Strategic Marketing, Farmer’s Insurance; Aonika Laurent Thomas, actress; Sean Patrick Thomas, actor; and Camille Winbush, actress (Secret Life of the American Teenager) and March of Dimes Youth Volunteer.

Leaders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority; and Top Ladies & Top Teens of Distinction are also shown in the group photo.

These guests and others shared their personal stories and connection to March of Dimes efforts to give every baby a healthy start in life. Thanks for all you do by sharing your stories and supporting the March of Dimes.

Celebrity Volunteer Moms Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, actress (left) and Lisa Leslie (right), retired WNBA/LA Sparks player

Celebrity Volunteer Moms Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, actress (left) and Lisa Leslie (right), retired WNBA/LA Sparks player

5 Mar
Online Fundraising

Fundraise for March for Babies in Facebook

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Way back in 2008, we developed our first Facebook app. The app made it easy to show your support for March for Babies and to fundraise on Facebook. We made some improvements last year and were very excited to see that tens of thousands of people are using it!

This year we’ve made the app even better (with more on the way, but, shhhh! it is still super top secret). You can now register for March for Babies, upload your picture, change your personal story and update your goal without ever leaving Facebook! You can also invite your Facebook friends, see your sponsor messages and see how your help supports babies. The app will even update your status for you if you’d like to let others know you are raising money for March for Babies!

The best part is that if you installed the app already you’ll automatically be upgraded to the new version! Haven’t installed it yet? Just go here.

If you run into any trouble installing the app or you have any questions, just drop us a line here and we will get it all figured out.

Stay tuned, there are some more great improvements on the way!

2 Mar
Volunteers

Emmy Award-winner Sherri Shepherd (center), co-host of ABC-TV’s “The View” and a March of Dimes celebrity spokesperson, rings The Opening Bell today at the New York Stock Exchange to kick off this year's March for Babies, joined by Carol Evans (right), President of Working Mother Media and Vice Chair, March of Dimes Board of Trustees; Jane Massey (next to Ms. Evans), Chief Operating Officer of the March of Dimes; Duncan L. Niederauer (back row, left), Chief Executive Officer, NYSE Euronext; Brett Browchuk (front row, left) Senior Vice President of Service Operations, CIGNA Corporation; and top March for Babies volunteer leaders.

Emmy Award-winner Sherri Shepherd (center), co-host of ABC-TV’s “The View” and a March of Dimes celebrity spokesperson, rings The Opening Bell today at the New York Stock Exchange to kick off this year's March for Babies, joined by Carol Evans (right), President of Working Mother Media and Vice Chair, March of Dimes Board of Trustees; Jane Massey (next to Ms. Evans), Chief Operating Officer of the March of Dimes; Duncan L. Niederauer (back row, left), Chief Executive Officer, NYSE Euronext; Brett Browchuk (front row, left) Senior Vice President of Service Operations, CIGNA Corporation; and top March for Babies volunteer leaders. (PHOTO CREDIT: NYSE Euronext)

With the nation’s corporate leaders as her audience, comedienne, actress and author Sherri Shepherd kicked off March for Babies, the March of Dimes largest fundraising event, by ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

“As the mother of a premature child, I know first-hand the toll an early birth can have on a family. That’s why I’m here today to open the New York Stock Exchange and kick off March for Babies,” said Sherri Shepherd, Emmy Winning co-host of ABC’s The View and March of Dimes celebrity spokesperson. “March for Babies helped fund research that saved my son, Jeffrey, who was born three months too soon, and helped millions of other premature babies nationwide. I support the March of Dimes and hope my fans do, too, so that one day all babies will be born healthy.”

Each year, about 20,000 companies get involved in March for Babies. These company teams raise $70 million dollars. The goal for this year’s event is more than $100 million dollars. March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, FedEx, Sanofi Pasteur, First Response and Mission Pharmacal.

Fundraising is important business, not only for charitable organizations, but also for the corporations that sponsor them. Donations are a bell-weather for the larger economy, and the March of Dimes presence at the world’s financial capital is an example of the economic importance of nonprofits.

“We’re here at the center of the world’s financial markets to engage the corporate community,” said Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media and a vice chair of the March of Dimes national Board of Trustees. Her now college-aged son also was born prematurely. “Corporate philanthropy is critical to improving the health of babies. It helps fund the research and can help reduce everyone’s health care costs. Bottom line, it’s good business.”

Premature birth is a serious and costly problem. More than 540,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year, costing the nation more than $26 billion annually. Babies who survive an early birth often face lifelong health challenges.

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