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1 Apr
Volunteers



Are you walking in March for Babies? Download our cover photo and make it your own! Show your support for March for Babies and let your Facebook friends know you’re walking!

Here’s how to do it:

1. Left click on the picture – it will bring the picture up in a new window full-size
2. Right click on the picture and select “save image as” – and save it to your computer
3. Go to your Facebook page and upload your new cover photo!

Even better – you can add the link to your personal fundraising page in the cover photo image description!

27 Apr
Volunteers

Make Your Fundraising Stand Out!

Posted by Volunteers

Fundraising gives you the opportunity to be creative and unique! While asking your friends and family to donate to your March for Babies campaign, it’s great to keep things fresh and exciting. Here are a few fun ways to make your fundraising stand out!

Add incentives! Motivate your friends by promising creative goods or service in exchange for their donation. Trade exercise for funds. Offer to do 10 push-ups or sit-ups for every $1 donated. Carry a friend’s books for an entire day in exchange for a $10 donation.

Post baby photos! They can be March of Dimes related or your personal baby photos! Anything that can make your posts and e-mails more eye catching is great.

Promote your goal! People like to be able to help you get there. Don’t be afraid to increase your goal as you reach your first, second, or even third fundraising goal.

Add a personal touch to your letters!

Add a personal touch to your letters!

Write unique and personalized letters! Include fun items to make them eye catching. Include stickers or photos!!

Have friends help get the word out! Ask a friend who donated to post this donation on Facebook with a message encouraging their friends to do the same.

Grab their attention! Use the animated E-Cards, banners, and the Facebook application to help get attention! All of these and more can be found at marchforbabies.org.

Remember, going the extra mile can make all the difference in your fundraising!

Now lets hear from you!
How have you gone the extra mile with fundraising?

24 Feb
Linda

Last year almost 60,000 of you used our March for Babies Facebook application! This year we hope to beat that record!

Facebook has made some changes in the way it handles applications since last year. The biggest change is that you can no longer post applications to your profile page.

We’ve made some major improvements this year that will help get you to your goals, reach more people than before and have fun while you are doing it!

This year you can fundraise and support the March of Dimes March for Babies in more ways:

PLAY THE BOARD GAME

Game Board

Game Board


1) Select an activity from the game board.
2) Complete the activity to earn your reward.
3) Publish your progress to your wall for your friends to see.
4) Come back any time to repeat an activity to increase your fundraising reach.


SEE YOUR REWARDS SHELF

Rewards Shelf

Rewards Shelf


1) Select your shelf to view the rewards you’ve earned so far.
2) Collect all 6 rewards.
3) If you are a March for Babies veteran, the rewards you earned last year will appear here as well.




USE THE QUICK PICK MENU

Quick Pick Menu

Quick Pick Menu


No time to play the game? Use the buttons above your game board to quickly:
• Ask for donations from your friends
• Invite friends to join your walk
• Invite friends to grab the app and fundraise themselves


SEE HOW YOUR FRIENDS ARE DOING ON THE NEW LEADER BOARD

Leader Board

Leader Board


1) See the top March for Babies leaders on Facebook (March for Babies friends tab).
2) See who are leading the pack among your own Facebook friends (My friends tab). Only friends who are using the app will appear here.
3) Roll over a friend to see their score and stats.
4) Scroll through your friends by using the arrows to the left and right of their profile pictures.
5) To add a friend, click on a blank square and select your friend.
6) Click on a friend to visit their game board to see their progress.
7) Click “My crib” to return to your game board.

LIKE THE MARCH OF DIMES ON FACEBOOK

1) Click “Become a fan” to receive updates from the March of Dimes.
2) Connect with over 100,000 March of Dimes supporters and stay on top of the latest news!

Let us know what you think! Get the application here.

31 Mar
Linda

More than 35,000 of you have already discovered how easy it is to raise money on Facebook using our 2010 Facebook Application. Well, starting today expect to see some brand new features that will make it even better!

Namely our new game board! Click to enlarge!



Now you can play the game, spread the word and raise money! The best part is, if you’re already using the app, you will automatically get the update! Here is how to access the game board:

  1. 1. Go into the March for Babies application by clicking “Applications” at the bottom left corner and choosing “March for Babies.”
  2. 2. On the “Baby Steps” game board, select your activity.
  3. 3. Each completed activity, from inviting friends to sending e-mails, earns you a special reward.
  4. 4. Brag about your progress on your wall.
  5. 5. Come back any time to repeat an activity and increase your fundraising.

If you don’t have it installed, get it here! As always, let us know what you think!

UPDATED: Some folks are having trouble with the status bar updating for your Facebook application. This issue should be resolved with the new version of the app. However, if it has been more than a few hours since a donation and your total still has not changes, try this: go into the application and make sure you have clicked on “Would you like to receive donation updates?” This will ensure updates are delivered to you when you get new donations.



If this doesn’t fix the problem, uninstall and reinstall the application. just make sure you click the link above!

Still need help? Please e-mail us!

9 Mar
Online Fundraising

Printable Fundraising Badges

Posted by Online Fundraising

In this mile-a-minute internet savvy world it is easy to forget that not everyone will see your March for Babies Facebook app or your e-mail signature badge. After the walk last year you said:  “@marchforbabies, sometimes you need some honest to goodness paper reminders.”  Well, we could be paraphrasing that a bit, but your message came across loud and clear.

On our spread the word page we now have printable badges in both postcard and business card size.  Print them, write in your user name that will link people to your personal fundraising page, hand them out and you’re good to go!  These just may be the gentle paper reminder that puts you over your goal!

5 Mar
Online Fundraising

Fundraise for March for Babies in Facebook

Posted by Online Fundraising

Way back in 2008, we developed our first Facebook app. The app made it easy to show your support for March for Babies and to fundraise on Facebook. We made some improvements last year and were very excited to see that tens of thousands of people are using it!

This year we’ve made the app even better (with more on the way, but, shhhh! it is still super top secret). You can now register for March for Babies, upload your picture, change your personal story and update your goal without ever leaving Facebook! You can also invite your Facebook friends, see your sponsor messages and see how your help supports babies. The app will even update your status for you if you’d like to let others know you are raising money for March for Babies!

The best part is that if you installed the app already you’ll automatically be upgraded to the new version! Haven’t installed it yet? Just go here.

If you run into any trouble installing the app or you have any questions, just drop us a line here and we will get it all figured out.

Stay tuned, there are some more great improvements on the way!

14 Jul
Linda

Be a Hero for Babies Day

Posted by Linda
July 22 is Be a Hero for Babies day!

July 22 is Be a Hero for Babies day!

I won’t watch a scary movie by myself, I’m deathly terrified of spiders and am already teaching my son to fear motorcycles. No hero by any standard.

 

But this, I can do: go one day without my skinny latte, bring my own lunch to work, skip pizza Friday, have date night at home…

 

That’s all it takes to be a hero for a little baby.

 

July 22 is “Be a Hero for Babies” day and starting today, our friends at Farmers are doubling every gift to the March of Dimes.

 

You can give as little as $1.99 and they’ll match it. And when you’re done, you can pick up our avatar (the cute picture above) and show off your new superhero status to your friends on Facebook or Twitter!

 

I know you worked hard for March for Babies. But the fight goes on for babies born too soon or very sick. Please give your $1.99 today. Or tomorrow. Don’t wait to long though – Farmers’ match is only good through the 22nd.

 

What can you give up today to save a baby?

 

Update 7/20: Only three days left. Time to get out your cape – or your credit card. Be a hero for babies, I know you have it in you!

6 May
Volunteers

Our social media leading volunteer, Dylan Conn, volunteered at his local March for Babies event. We interviewed him to find out about his experience as an on-the-ground volunteer.

 

Allison & Kaylen: What motivated you to volunteer & participate in March for Babies?

Dylan: I may be known for the work I do for the March of Dimes online, but this weekend I experienced “the real deal” – walking in March for Babies.  Walking in  March for Babies was actually my first experience with the March of Dimes, so I love participating in it again every year.

 

A & K: In what ways did you volunteer at the walk?

Dylan:I left my house much earlier than I usually even wake up on a Sunday morning (6:30!) and headed to the Chicago suburb of Highland Park to volunteer at the Lake County March for Babies.  My job was to work the registration table, which consists of taking the donations from the walkers and making sure their team gets the credit for it.  It may sound easy, but when the walkers began arriving, it quickly turned busy. All of the other volunteers did a great job of working together, and we managed to collect all of the walkers’ money quickly and efficiently!

 

A & K: Were you able to participate in the walk?

Dylan: Yes! I really wanted to experience the walk, so I ran away from the table just in time to catch the ribbon cutting and beginning of the march.  As we left the park where we started, hundreds marched through Highland Park’s shopping district, which was a very cool sight.  I caught up with the ambassador family and asked them about their story since I couldn’t hear it earlier when I was working registration.  Jack weighed only 1.5 pounds when he was born at 26 weeks because his mother suffered from HELLP syndrome, which can cause premature birth.  Jack’s story is a happy one though, because he came home from the NICU after 115 days.  Now a year old, he suffers from some lung issues, but is otherwise happy and healthy.  It was great to see Jack, his cousins, and many other family members walking in the March for Babies and supporting the March of Dimes!

 

It started to rain about twenty minutes into the walk, which is something I always dread!  It seems like I always get stuck with bad weather! But another great thing about the March for Babies is everyone is so happy to be there and showing their support, they don’t care if they get a little wet.  I was still relieved when I reached the picnic shelter at the end and got to put on my warm, dry coat! 

 

A & K: Were there other youth walkers participating in your March for Babies event?

Dylan: There were-special thanks to students from North Chicago and Zion-Benton High Schools who came out to walk – I love seeing youth teams come out when we all know that many would prefer sleeping on their Sunday morning!

 

A &K: Why do you think it’s important for youth to be involved in March for Babies?

Dylan: March for Babies truly shows what the March of Dimes is all about, and I can’t wait to participate for years to come… but I also like volunteering online.  It never rains on Facebook!

10 Apr
Volunteers

Fundraising with Facebook

Posted by Volunteers

Want to use your profile to turn a March for Babies profit? Follow these tips:

 

  • Put your March for Babies personal fundraising link in your status update. People really rally around a tangible goal so try a message like “I am $150 away from $500. If 30 of my 200 friends each donate $5, I’ll reach my goal!” For extra pep, share with a link, video, or cute baby photo! 

 

  • Add the App. The March for Babies Facebook application provides a dynamic badge for your profile and publishes a story each time you receive a donation. It’s an excellent way to get the word out that you’re helping the babies.

 

  • Create an event. Create a “Help Me Support Healthy Babies” Facebook event and invite all of your friends. Include your fundraising link, an ask for donations and team members, and post motivational pictures and videos.

 

Have you fundraised successfully on Facebook? Share best practices with us about using Facebook to raise money for March for Babies.

1 Apr
Linda

Follow Us On Twitter!

Posted by Linda
Join the conversation

Join the conversation!

Blog not moving fast enough for you? Sounds like you’re ready to join the conversation on Twitter!

 
If you use Twitter already, follow our feed. Talk about March for Babies to your own Twitter friends. And help us spread the word by re-Tweeting any of our messages you like.

 

Don’t forget to follow proper Twitter etiquette, start any re-Tweets with “RT @marchforbabies:”

 
If you’re new to Twitter, now’s a great time to sign up. Creating a Twitter account is absolutely free. If you follow us, you’ll always hear the latest March for Babies news first – and we’ll keep those tips coming!

 

Tell your friends about our feed and mention it on your Facebook or MySpace page!

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