march for babies blog
We’ve got an exciting new fundraising incentive for you! We’re excited to reveal the 2014 March for Babies t-shirt design, featuring “Go Baby Go” as its theme. This year, for the first time, the t-shirt will be available in two colors – light purple on an ash grey shirt, or light purple on a bright purple shirt.
You may be asking yourself – where can I purchase this t-shirt? These shirts are not for sale – but you’ll get it for free when you meet the $200 fundraising benchmark! In order for all the walkers on your team to get one of the t-shirts, they each need to raise $200. You get to choose the color you want, too!
A couple quick FAQs:
• You get the t-shirt the morning of the walk
• You get only one t-shirt (not a t-shirt for every $200 raised, after $200 you are available for other exciting incentives!)
• Each walk site will have a limited number of styles and shirt sizes, so arrive early to get the most selections to choose from
Thank you for joining us and supporting March for Babies! If you haven’t registered yet, make sure you get started today!
Hosting an event at school is a fun and exciting way for your team to work together to raise funds and awareness for the March of Dimes. Here are some tips and advice to help you be successful this March for Babies season. Be sure to check out the 2014 March for Babies Youth Captains Guide for a full step-by-step guide to planning your own event, as well as fundraising ideas and resources.
Remember to work with your administration for approval for any events or activities your team hosts at school.
Brainstorm & Set Goals: At least 2 months prior to the event, host a brainstorming session with your team. Consider your target audience and evaluate the success of past events. Do school dances usually draw a large crowd, are students interested in sporting events, or is something else even more popular? Is another popular event happening at school this semester? Reach out to the organization(s) in charge and see if your groups can join forces to support the March of Dimes.
Get organized: Once the event theme is set, think through the resources and supplies needed to make your event successful. Assign tasks to individuals or create committees, if needed. Some assignments may include publicity and promotions, day-of set up and clean up, logistics and gathering supplies. Depending on your event, you may also have entertainment and games committees.
Find Support: Contact different groups and organizations at school to encourage attendance AND for support of the overall event, if needed. Invite the acapella group to be the entertainment, ask the journalism club to help with publicity, and encourage the school mascot to be a special guest. Reach out to local stores and restaurants in the community for food or prize donations. As a “Thank You” offer free advertisement opportunities on your promotional material.
Remember the Mission: Let people know that by donating they are supporting stronger, healthier babies. Invite a family connected to our mission to speak at your event, or show our National Ambassador mission story (found at youtube.com/marchofdimes).
Take pictures and videos at the event and be sure to share with sponsors and everyone who participated. Following your event, be sure to thank your sponsors and team. Be sure to share your success with Team Youth (email@example.com) and on Facebook (facebook.com/marchofdimesyouth) and Twitter (@teamyouth).
Now let’s hear from you:
What tips do you have for school teams hosting an event?
Tell us about your favorite March of Dimes event you attended or hosted.
Have you registered for March for Babies? If you have, you’re one step ahead of everyone else! But you may be thinking – what do I do know? Sometimes the prospect of fundraising all on your own can be a little daunting – that’s where team support comes in!
The first step after starting your team is to get your family and friends to register too! Knowing you’re in it together, having the community to bounce ideas off of, and having a support system as you fundraise is key!
It might take a couple of reminders, but before you know it your family and friends will be part of your team. Once they’ve registered it’s easy to keep in touch on fundraising and see how you’re meeting your goals. So don’t delay – register today and remind your family and friends to join you!
March for Babies is a community event for everyone! Get started now!
For more than 40 years, Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) has been an enthusiastic supporter of the March of Dimes, educating countless members of the community and raising more than $15 million to support our mission! At the 2013 Volunteer Leadership Conference they were recognized as the 2013 #1 Top Fundraising National Service Partner raising more than $470,000!
We got to speak with the Cole Simmons, FBLA National President, and Donnie Iorio, PBL National President, about their experiences as student leaders working with March of Dimes, as well as gain some fundraising tips and advice for students.
Q: What motivated you to volunteer & participate in March for Babies and March of Dimes?
Cole Simmons (FBLA National President): I only learned about the March of Dimes upon joining FBLA, but soon discovered it was much more than just another organization. There is no arguing that the work that the March of Dimes does impacts our future. Seeing the stories of the lives saved by the March of Dimes has been what has motivated me to get involved!
Donnie Iorio (PBL National President): My local [FBLA] chapter advisor in high school motivated our chapter to attend the March for Babies in our county – from then on, I was hooked!
Q: Why do you think it is important for youth to be involved in March for Babies & March of Dimes?
Cole: It is important for youth to be involved because it sets the stage for a lifetime of service! In addition, youth can be some of the most energetic, passionate, and productive contributors to organizations like the March of Dimes.
Donnie: This is my favorite question! Back when the March of Dimes was started, 75 years ago, the mission wasn’t to improve the health of babies–it was to eradicate polio, a terrible illness that primarily effected the youth in our country. FDR, the President of the United States, asked that families send their dimes to the White House. Children went door to door, one dime at a time, knowing that what they were doing was making a difference. Though Polio has been eradicated, the March of Dimes mission still remains the same – helping the Youth live healthier lives. That is why it is so important that we, as youth, contribute to the mission.
Q: And finally, tell us your #1 fundraising tip!
Cole: Show your passion! When you are fundraising, you are essentially selling an idea. To make others believe in it, you have to show that you believe in it yourself!
Donnie: THANK people on Facebook! Seriously, every time someone donates, dedicate a Facebook status update to them thanking them for their donation! I find that not only is this a nice gesture, but it prompts others to donate to your cause!
Thank you, FBLA-PBL for your continued dedication and passion to our mission! And thank you Cole and Donnie for your insightful tips and expertise!
For more tips and advice for successfully leading your team during March for Babies, check out the 2014 March for Babies Youth Captains Guide available at www.marchofdimes.com/youth. Here you can find a step-by-step guide to leading your team and hosting events at school and within your community. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more ways to get involved!
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!
March for Babies season is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to “Kick Off” your school’s fundraising with a Kick Off! Hosting a March for Babies Kick Off is a great way to motivate your team, recruit new teams and gear up together for March for Babies!
Check out our tips and guides to help you plan a successful event. Feel free to customize your Kick Off to better fit your location and team – and for even more resources, be sure to check out the 2014 March for Babies Team Captains Guide (available now!).
Meet with a March of Dimes staff person before, during and after the kick‐off. They may be able to help you with additional advice and resources. You can find your local March of Dimes chapter here or by visiting marchofdimes.com/youth and selecting “contact us” at the bottom of the page.
Secure a location, such as a school gym, park, or recreation center. Remember to keep in mind the amount of people you are planning to invite and ensure the space is the right size to accommodate everyone. Interested in reaching your entire class, organization or even school? With administration approval, host the Kick Off during school hours (either in class or part of a school-wide assembly), or at your organization’s next meeting.
Find an emcee/host — this could be a local celebrity or leader in your school/organization. Even if they aren’t the emcee, invite your class president, your school mascot, or another influential person in your community to attend.
Invite past March for Babies participants and teams (youth and adult), March of Dimes staff members, and local organizations, schools & press to attend.
TO INSPIRE WALKERS
Remember the mission. Let people know that they are supporting a great cause: stronger, healthier babies. Invite a family connected to our mission to speak at your event, or show our National Ambassador’s story. Are you walking for a specific family or child and/or is someone in your organization connected to our mission? Encourage them to share their story.
Include entertainment. Invite talented individuals and groups in your community to donate their time for our mission. Ask the high school or college cheerleading squad or dance team to perform.
Secure food donations from local restaurants or other sources. Ask local stores for goody bags with donations. Provide free publicity to those who donated by putting their name/logo in the program, invitations and/or displayed at the event.
TO SUPPORT WALKERS
Build in time for interaction providing opportunity for teams, old and new, to meet, network and share ideas.
Provide resources and materials to all team captains and make sure all participants know how to raise money.
Setup a laptop station to give attendees, who haven’t had the opportunity, to register or join a team.
Have you registered yet for March for Babies? What are you waiting for? Did you know that if you get started now and raise $100 by February 28th you will get this complimentary March of Dimes BPA-free water bottle!
This exclusive March for Babies water bottle will be awarded based on your online fundraising level achieved by end of business February 28, 2014. Online donations can be made via PayPal or credit card. Your gift will be shipped to your registration address approximately 2 weeks after the deadline.
Get started now and let your team know about this early fundraising incentive!