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Archive for March, 2014

28 Mar
Online Fundraising

Fundraising on Social Media!

Posted by Online Fundraising

Looking for resources to help with your March for Babies fundraising on social media? Check out our tips below!

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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!

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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!

26 Mar
Volunteers

Making “the ask”

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A big question we receive during March for Babies is “Who should I ask for support (either to walk with me or to donate)?” The answer is – everyone and anyone! Here are a few tips to help you come up with a list of potential supporters.

Getting Started – Make a list of ten people you know that you could ask for support.
Then write down ten more.  Keep going until you can’t think of anyone else.  Start simple with your immediate family and close friends. Expand the list to include extended family, classmates, teachers (past and present), and coworkers. Think about everyone you talk to on a daily or weekly basis. Are you part of a community or school club/organization? Add their names to the list. Go even further by including neighbors and additional members of the community (like your family doctor or dentist). When you begin to make your list, don’t leave anybody you know out – sometimes you’ll be surprised at who gives you a donation.

Incorporate this activity at your next team meeting. Make it a competition to see who can come up with the most names!

Reaching Out – Be creative when reaching out. One technique may not work for all audiences.
Online fundraising is an easy way to fundraise. The easiest way to fundraise online is sending emails to potential donors with a link to your personal page.  You can do this directly from your Online Fundraising Page at marchforbabies.org. But don’t stop there.  Use social media to post a link to your fundraising page – you can reach people who might not have donated to you otherwise.  Dedicate your Facebook or Tweet about your progress. Use benchmark words to encourage more donations – “I’m just three $10 donations away from my goal!”

In some cases, adding the personal touch of a hand-written letter will be an incredible and thoughtful surprise to potential supporters. Mail letters to family and friends. Go the extra mile and ask classmates and teachers in person – it’s much harder for someone to say no to you in person. If you want to reach the most potential donors as possible, using a variety of fundraising methods will help you get there.

The Snowball Effect – After you’ve asked someone to donate, ask them to refer you to others they know who might be interested in donating.
Ask friends to share or post your fundraising efforts on Facebook and Twitter. This will help you not only reach people in your network but outside of it as well. Asking donors to refer you to others is an easy way to expand your network and will not only help you raise more money this year, but also when you participate in March for Babies in the future.

Ask Everyone – The important thing to remember when you decide who to ask to support you is that there is no such thing as asking too many people.  Besides, someone can only say yes if you ask them first!

24 Mar
Online Fundraising

Kmart Shop Your Way!

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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.

21 Mar
Linda

Fundraising 101!

Posted by Linda

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!

19 Mar
Volunteers

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Raising funds for the March of Dimes is a great way to support stronger, healthier babies AND it’s also a great opportunity to be creative! Here are some great ways to make your fundraising stand out and to get your friends and family excited about donating to your March for Babies efforts.

Ask in a special way – Make your letters and emails to potential donors personal in order to get a larger response. Do you send personal letters to your friends and family updating them on your life and career? Include your March for Babies efforts within your update.  If you are sending letters use colorful envelopes that are impossible to ignore.  Remember to share photos of your team and the reasons you are walking in your letters, emails and on your social networking sites (like Facebook and Twitter).

Share something sweet – Make cookies or other baked goods to thank your friends and family members. Go one step further and bring baked goods or candy to school or work (with permission) and sell them for donations.

Utilize special occasions – Is your birthday or another special occasion coming up? Ask your friends and family to donate as a gift this year. Having a celebration or a get-together? Provide an opportunity for attendees to donate to the March of Dimes right there as a thank you. Go the extra step and have a computer set up allowing people to make online donations right to your March for Babies individual or team page.

Offer rewards – Offer to drive your friends to school or work, carry your friend’s books to class, or clean out your friend’s locker in exchange for a donation to your March for Babies team.

Create competition – Challenge your friends and families to see who can get the most people to donate to your team’s page. Make the challenge public and you will see even greater success!

Say thank you – Thank those for donations in-person, by email/letter and/or through Facebook and Twitter. With administrative approval, publicly thank those who have donated at the beginning or end of a class or even make announcements to the entire school! The more public the thank-you, the better! Your donor can help you promote you walk!

Be creative and think outside the box! What works for some does not for others, and you and your friends and family may have a unique idea! Just be creative and have fun with it! Happy fundraising!

For more creative ways to raise funds, be sure to check out the 2014 March for Babies Youth Captains Guide!

Now let’s hear from you!
What is your best fundraising tip?
What creative ways do you raise funds for the March of Dimes?

 

17 Mar
Linda

Feeling lucky?

Posted by Linda

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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.

#3 SOCIAL-ize

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.

13 Mar
Volunteers

Do you have what it takes to be an outstanding March for Babies team captain this spring? Looking for ways to encourage fellow students and members in your club to get even more involved with March for Babies? Here are a few tips and best practices from members of March of Dimes National Youth Council, to help you be successful this year!

Personalize your ask! Hannah Fagen, student at University of Pennsylvania, sends personalized emails and letters when asking friends and family for donations and includes her history with the March of Dimes. She recommends, whether it is your first, fifth or 100th year, to share your history with March of Dimes and your reasons for walking.

Fundraise Online: Volunteers who use the Online Fundraising Tool (OFT) raise over $100 more than those who don’t. OFT is available when you register online at www.marchforbabies.org. Remember to customize your page by uploading a photo and updating your message.

Pay it forward! Offer to help out friends and clubs at school with upcoming events, projects or activities as a thanks for their donation. Caroline McKnight, student at University of Florida, is always the first one to offer her support around campus, and then finds her friends and classmates are even more excited to help her by walking or donating.

Follow up & say thanks! Thank those who donated through social media, in person and/or through emails/letters. Follow up with those who committed to donate but have not yet had the opportunity. Let everyone know how close you are to goal. (Tip from Dylan Conn, student at Stanford University (CA)). 

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).

For more tips and advice for successfully leading your team during March for Babies, check out the March for Babies Youth Captains Guide. Here you can find a step-by-step guide to leading your team and hosting events on campus. Contact us at teamyouth@marchofdimes.com for more ways to get involved!

Now let’s hear from you!
What is your #1 Fundraising tip?

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