march for babies blog
It is almost April and March for Babies walks are starting soon! Why do you walk?
Shawn Johnson, Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast and March of Dimes Celebrity Ambassador, is inviting everyone to join March for Babies! Filmed at the legendary Coach Chow’s Olympic training center, Shawn speaks on why others should get involved.
Shawn and her family have a special connection to the March of Dimes mission. Shawn was born with an Apgar score of 0 – which is very dangerous for survival.
As a Gold Medalist and role model, she is now encouraging others to take the first steps in March for Babies to help give all babies a healthy start in life.
You probably experienced how easy and fun it is to receive online donations. Don’t you just love those e-mails that tell you you’ve got another donation?
So, what do with any checks or cash you receive? You have a couple of options:
1. Bring them with you the day of your walk and hand them in at the event
2. Mail the donations to your state’s chapter office ahead of time
3. If you’re walking with your company team, there may be a Bank Day at your office
Regardless of which option you choose, don’t forget to add the cash/check donations to your March for Babies page and print a copy of your sponsor form.
To add/check check donations manually, log on. Click on the “view sponsor form” tab. Click the “add cash/check” donations section – you’ll have to scroll down.
In the pop-up window, enter the donor’s information and amount (we’ll need an e-mail address to send them an e-mail confirmation/receipt). Select “yes” in the “received” section to mark the donation as being received (the donation will not appear on your progress bar until you do this this). Click “submit” and repeat for any other checks or cash donations.
To print your sponsor form, click the “view sponsor form” link. Select the “printer-friendly form.”
Sometimes with so much happening, it can be difficult to find the time to sit down, boot up the PC and log into your March for Babies account to send out emails, follow-up with folks or update your picture or profile. Well, now there is an app for that!
The March for Babies iPhone application is for registered March for Babies users who, if they are like me, never have their smart phones more than a few feet away from them at all times!
With the application you can see and manage your online and offline donations, see the latest news and information from March for Babies Twitter, see your event details and incentives, update your profile picture or personal story and more!
You can also send out donation emails, follow up with people you’ve already sent emails or send out thanks you emails to people have already donated!
You can get the application for free in the iTunes® store.
Don’t forget to rate the app and let us know what you think!
Did you know that in 2010 school teams raised more than $3 million, the top school district raised more than $130,000, and the #1 Youth walker raised more than $70,000?
Are you a youth volunteer looking for fundraising ideas for March for Babies? Do you want your child to get even more involved with March for Babies and March of Dimes, in general?
The March for Babies Youth Toolkit is a great resource for all youth volunteers interested in participating in March for Babies. Find out how to start your March for Babies team, recruit walkers, host fundraisers and have fun while helping babies this spring!
Get your school and your friends involved. Learn how to host your very own “Club March of Dimes” at your local roller skating rink! Find out how to raise $300 in eight simple steps! Most importantly, discover how important your dedication and support is for all babies!
Like the March of Dimes Team Youth on Facebook to receive updates and tips from the March of Dimes. Connect with youth volunteers and March of Dimes supporters, like you. Receive feedback and advice on your March for Babies goals for 2011 from the March of Dimes and fellow volunteers.
For more information and additional support, contact March of Dimes Team Youth at email@example.com.
What is your campus planning for March for Babies 2011?
Maryland FBLA State Officers shine in their volunteer support of the March of Dimes! This spring, FBLA Region 2 Vice President Chelsea Wagely from Dundak High School will be walking in Baltimore with others from her FBLA chapter as a March for Babies team. And Maryland FBLA recently helped their local March for Babies Kickoff.
Chelsea and her fellow Maryland FBLA State Officers also volunteered their time on November 15, 2010 to help the Maryland chapter of the March of Dimes with an annual fundraiser, the March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction. Event attendees are able to sample extravagant dishes from renowned local chefs, as well as participate in silent and live auctions of products donated from local businesses. Proceeds raised from the event support the March of Dimes’ research, education, community service, and advocacy programs.
Maryland FBLA National Officers played an important role in the success of the event; they were in charge of overseeing the silent auction. The silent auction consisted of over 100 items and required the FBLA members to monitor the items and bid sheets during the auction and distribute the items to the winners at check-out. The students were responsible for all aspects of the auction from start to finish.
The March of Dimes staff was very impressed and thankful for the officers’ help. The event raised more than $150,000 for the March of Dimes. Maryland FBLA was honored to volunteer and support the efforts of the March of Dimes and looks forward to continuing to strengthen their partnership with the March of Dimes. Thanks to this FBLA chapter & state for joining the March of Dimes year-round!
Maryland FBLA Officers pictured, from L to R: Megan Harsham, Karthik Krishnan, Shirley Zhu, Govin Vatsan, Chelsea Wageley, Corey Majerowicz, Jack Fitzpatrick, Tim Fisher
Sometimes the hardest part about fundraising is getting started. I know for me, making the initial ask of someone–especially someone I may not have been in touch with for a while–can be a little tough.
This may be the reason why so many people use our animated e-card to break the ice. Have you see it? It’s fun, funny and best of all, you can personalize it with your own message and your own (or your baby’s), slightly out of proportion, head!
Be warned: this may cause laughter and donations!
Is this your first March for Babies, or are you a seasoned veteran? When it comes to fundraising, I think most of us can use some new ideas.
- Tell your story – Nothing inspires people to give like your personal story. Tell your potential donors who you’re walking for, how they can help and how much that would mean to you.
- Ease into it – Ask your family first, and your closest friends. Once you feel confident, reach out to your coworkers, doctor, your kids’ teachers, etc.
- Set your giving options – Did you know you can customize the gift amounts people see on your fundraising page? A higher suggested gift may encourage people to increase their donation.
- Go offine – Raising money online is the most effective and easiest way to increase your goal. But there are probably people you know who are not on your Facebook, or who you have no e-mail for. Do ask in person, and use our printable badges.
The March of Dimes Foundation sends our heartfelt congratulations to March of Dimes celebrity volunteer, Thalia, on the announcement of her pregnancy! We are so thrilled that she and husband Tommy Mottola are expecting their second baby! They also have a beautiful little girl together, Sabrina Saké.
Thalia has been a wonderful volunteer lending her voice and international following to March of Dimes mission and March for Babies campaigns. Best wishes to Thalia and her entire family!
March for Babies is right around the corner! If you’ve walked before, you’ve probably figured out some of the things that work for you. But we can all use a little inspiration, right?
Are you walking with your co-workers?
• Ask your boss to offer up incentives like a prime parking spot or day off. Raffle them among people who raise $200.
• Create a “Wall of Fame” and highlight everyone who raises more than $200.
• Promote some competition between departments – which team has the most walkers and who wins on dollars?
Are you walking with family and friends?
• Ask everyone on the team to help raise money, even if you know a lot of the same people.
• Reach out to your Facebook friends, and ask them to share your request with their friends.
• Dedicate your Facebook status to anyone who gives you a donation over a certain amount.
Speaking of Facebook… have you checked out our active community yet? Everyone is talking about March for Babies. Stop by for tips from folks who are walking – and share your own!
You can also follow us on Twitter!