March for Babies Blog

Linda

Singer and actress Hilary Duff, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, supermodel Niki Taylor, and 3 million super volunteers and 20,000 companies have one common goal: they all March for Babies to help give every baby a healthy start.

Celebrities are again lending their star power to bring attention to this year’s March for Babies, the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that will take place in 700 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico at the end of April.

For more than 75 years the March of Dimes has helped moms and babies. From Frank Sinatra to Super Bowl quarterback Joe Namath, major stars always have supported the Foundation’s work for stronger, healthier babies. Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the United States and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through cutting-edge research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

March for Babies has been held annually since 1970 and has raised a combined total of more than $2.3 billion to help all babies get a healthy start in life. The goal for this year’s event is to raise more than $106 million.

“Thanks to all our volunteers. The support we receive from every volunteer is invaluable and celebrity support always has been a hallmark of our history,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Today, thousands of companies and millions of people, including celebrities, sports stars, community leaders and families of babies born prematurely help support the March of Dimes work for stronger, healthier babies. I urge everyone to get involved with March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org.”

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March of Dimes volunteers and staff visited the TODAY show this morning to raise awareness about upcoming March for Babies walks! Decked out in purple, volunteers brought posters showing their stories. Briana and Matthew Tortoso spoke with TODAY show correspondent Dylan Dreyer about their son JohnCarlo born 12 weeks early and shared that they are walking this weekend. It was a chilly morning but a great opportunity to help raise awareness about the March of Dimes mission!

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Volunteers

March for Babies Day Checklist!

23 Apr Posted by Volunteers

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With March for Babies in less than week, it’s time to get ready for the big day!

Before March for Babies:
Pack the essentials – fully charged cell phone, your team contact list (with phone numbers), team T-shirts and Band-Aids. Be sure to check the weather and back needed supplies based on the forecast (raincoat, umbrella, sunscreen, etc.)

Send a reminder to your team about the big day, including when and where you will meet at March for Babies, the forecast and needed weather supplies, and, of course, thanking them for their hard work. Planning celebrate your success following March for Babies? Be sure to include that in your reminder as well.

Looking for an opportunity to boost Team Spirit? Host a t-shirt and/or sign making party (perhaps at your next Team Meeting or after school) and, as a team, create signs and shirts for March for Babies. This is a great way to build excitement for the big day as well as promote your team’s success at March for Babies!

Following March for Babies:
Thank everyone who helped! Send letters, emails or visit those who donated in person, thanking them for their support. Be sure to let them know how much was raised and how important their efforts were. Encourage your team members to do the same!

Did a local business support your team? Give them an extra boost by thanking them personally and through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

Celebrate your success! Post photos of you and your team at March for Babies, along with your final fundraising totals, online, in class and throughout school. With administrative approval, ask to announce your success during morning announcements. Celebrate team members and top fundraisers with a picnic or party.

Have a great March for Babies and be sure to share your success and team photos with Team Youth on Facebook, on Twitter (#marchforbabies; #teamyouth), and/or by emailing teamyouth@marchofdimes.com.

Linda

Get ready to WALK!

22 Apr Posted by Linda

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Get ready to MARCH!

It’s the exciting countdown to March for Babies! Our hearts are full, our spirits are high and our will is stronger than ever to march on to help ALL babies. Grab your t-shirts and sneakers and check out these last-minute reminders:

Reach out again to potential donors – send one of our new eCards! Or post on Facebook and make sure to include the link to your personal fundraising page to make it even easier. They will receive a thank-you and tax receipt.

If you raised money online, print your personalized sponsor form from your personal page and bring it to your walk, along with your cash and checks.

If you raised all your money offline, download and fill out a blank sponsor form to record your fundraising efforts.

Contact your local March of Dimes chapter if you have any last-minute questions.

This will be a day like no other.
A day when we stand together in the fight to help babies have the healthiest start possible!

Ready… set… MARCH ON!

Volunteers

Almost to Goal! Tips and Techniques

17 Apr Posted by Volunteers

March for Babies is almost here! Here are some fundraising techniques as we enter into the final lap.

Send reminders: Did someone mention interest in donating but have not yet done so? They may have simply forgotten. Send them a reminder (letter, email or even talk to them in person) and let them know how close you are to reaching your goal!

Thank everyone: Send emails or write letters thanking those who already donated. Post your thanks publically on Facebook and Twitter. Remember to include how close you are to your goal. This may encourage another person to donate, or even inspire those who already donated to give more to help you reach (or exceed your goal).

Increase your goal: Have you reached you already reached your fundraising goal? Congratulations! On your March for Babies Online Fundraising Tool, increase your goal to raise even more for babies!

Skip your morning coffee purchase and donate to yourself. Don’t purchase coffee – skip eating lunch out and donate that to yourself. If your daily purchase costs $5, you could donate $25 in just five days!

Still need more tips and ideas?
Here are some great ways to raise $300 in a small amount of time:
• Start with your own $25 donation (from skipping your daily coffee or lunch purchase) = $25
• Ask four family members for $25 each = $100
• Ask five friends to donate $10 each = $50
• Ask four teachers/professors for $15 each = $60
• Ask five coworkers for $10 each = $50
• Receive three $5 donations after a Facebook post = $15
Total raised = $300

Linda

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The March for Babies Facebook Cover Photo is here! Download it today and show your support for March for Babies on Facebook! Visit this link to get the image in high-resolution!

Haven’t registered yet for March for Babies? It’s not too late! Get started now at our website!

Linda

It’s not too late to register!

14 Apr Posted by Linda

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It’s not too late to join a March for Babies walk in your area! Just visit our website and type in your zip code and we’ll show you all the walks near you! Don’t delay, find your walk today! Our biggest walk weekend is the last weekend in April – it’s just around the corner so get started now!

Online Fundraising

Check out our new eCards!

11 Apr Posted by Online Fundraising

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The NEW eCards are HERE! Another great tool for helping with your March for Babies fundraising! You can email the eCards directly to your family, friends, and coworkers, or you can share the eCards on Facebook & Twitter! Check them out now!

Volunteers

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There may be less than a month to March for Babies but there is still time to have a successful March for Babies season. Here are some tips to keep you on track as we head into the final lap!


Reaching (and exceeding) Your Fundraising Goal
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Maximize your contacts and those of your team members — keep talking about your team, why the March of Dimes is important to you and let donors know how their help can bring you closer to your fundraising goal.

Encourage donations— Post how close you are to your goal on Facebook, Twitter and school message boards (with permission). If you are three $10 donations from the goal, let the world know — these types of benchmarks really work.

Follow up— Contact people who said they were interested in giving but haven’t committed.

Note bank days— Ask your March of Dimes chapter when bank days are held and schedule a time to come by. Ask your chapter how to handle last-minute donations.


Keeping Your Team on Track
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Stay motivated — Send updates every few weeks to celebrate the team’s progress and to encourage team members to do even more.

Celebrate individual and team success – Did a team member achieve a goal? Did your team reach (or exceed) their goal? Provide a certificate or public congratulions to celebrate the accomplishment and motivate all members to keep going!

Build team spirit— Set up a day to make t-shirts and/or signs and banners that you’ll wear or carry while your walking on March for Babies day.

For more tips and best practices, check out the March of Dimes Youth Captains Guide available at www.marchofdimes.com/youth.

 

Online Fundraising

Victory is yours, now make it theirs!

9 Apr Posted by Online Fundraising

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Victory is yours, now make it theirs!

Purchase select Dr. Scholl’s shoes at Famous Footwear, the Official Shoe Sponsor of March for Babies, and $5 will be donated to the March of Dimes.

Plus enjoy 10% off your entire purchase in store!

Visit their website to shop now & learn more!

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