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26 Feb

Taking Your School Fundraising to the Next Level!

Posted by 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 our Top National Service Partner, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), to help you be successful this year!

Spotlight on #1 National Service Partner

FBLA-PBL was recognized as the #1 Service Partner at the 2012 National Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL.

FBLA-PBL was recognized as the #1 Service Partner at the 2012 National Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL.

Every year, FBLA-PBL is recognized as our #1 fundraising Service Partner. For more than 40 years, 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!

In 2012 Wallkill Valley High School FBLA in New Jersey was recognized as the #1 FBLA Fundraiser Chapter, raising more than $20,039 for the March of Dimes! Walkill Valley hosts an annual “Super Night” to raise a majority of their donations. This 10-hour lock-in to benefit the March of Dimes includes a night of food, entertainment, activities, and fun. To participate, students must donate a minimum of $50.

Steps to Being a Top Team!

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 Remember to customize your page by uploading a photo and updating your message.

Utilize Social Media: Get the word out by dedicating your Facebook status to your March for Babies page and tweeting about your progress. Remember to thank those who have donated and to encourage others to do the same.

Think big! Some of the most successful teams host either one large big ticket event or many small events throughout the year. What events have been popular at your school in the past? Look for ways to improve these events by hosting your own version. If another student group always has a great turnout at their annual event, offer to work together to make it even more successful. This is a great way to form a partnership for future events and get more students involved with the March of Dimes.

Inspire Your Members: Recognize the individual fundraising leaders. Praise those who received a matching gift. If your team reaches (or exceeds) their goal, throw a pizza party or a similar celebration. A local business may be able to donate the food.

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

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 for more ways to get involved!

Now let’s hear from you:
What events and/or activities are you hosting to fundraise this year?


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