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17 Apr
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

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?

26 Feb
Volunteers

How to Host a School Event

Posted by Volunteers

School event

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 (teamyouth@marchofdimes.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.

6 Feb
Volunteers

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!).


GETTING STARTED:
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.

30 Jan
Volunteers

Remember to plan time for your team photo!

Did you know that students across the country (elementary through college age) raised more than $3 million in 2013 to support stronger, healthier babies? Schools alone raised more than $2.2 million! Join students throughout the country as they march to help babies! Here are some ways to help you and your team get started this season!

Get Organized: Create your team online at www.marchforbabies.org. On this site you can set fundraising goals, customize your team page and recruit friends and family to help you reach your goal! Team members can register online and join! Already created a team last year? Simply sign into your account and re-register your team!

Promote and Build Your Team: Reach out to your classmates, family members, friends and organizations at school to support your campaign by joining your team or helping to fundraise. With administrative approval present information about March of Dimes in front of your class, a student organization or even your entire school! Look into promoting your team’s efforts in the school newspaper and on the campus radio/news station.

Set Goals: Work together to set a team goal and determine how many fundraisers you need to recruit to meet it. As a group, brainstorm events that will spread awareness and raise funds. Ask everyone to also set an individual fundraising goal.

When you particpate in March for Babies, you give hope to the families of babies born too soon or sick. For more tips on starting your team and sample fundraising ideas, check out the 2014 March for Babies Youth Captains Guide,. Need more reasources? Visit marchofdimes.com/youth or contact us at teamyouth@marchofdimes.com!

Now let’s hear from you!
What is your number one tip for a new youth captain?

14 Mar
Volunteers

Looking for some great ways to make your fundraising efforts stand out? Here are some creative ideas and best practices to help you maximize your fundraising efforts and get your friends excited about donating to your March for Babies team.

Use colorful envelopes to make your letters stand out!

Ask in a special way – Make your letters and emails to potential donors personal in order to get a larger response. 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 for donating. Go one step further and bring baked goods or candy to school or work (with permission) and sell them for donations.

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

Create competition - Challenge your friends and family members to see who can get the most people to donate to your team’s page. Encourage them to ask teachers, coworkers and friends to make a contribution. Make the challenge public and you will see even greater success!

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Thank everyone for their support!

Say thank you –Thank everyone for supporting stronger, healthier babies through Facebook and Twitter, in person and/or through email. With administrative approval, publicly thank those who have donated by making an announcement at the beginning or end of a class or even make announcements to the entire school! The more public the thank-you, the better! You will show your appreciation and thanks to those who have contributed and may also encourage others to donate as well.

Be creative and think outside the box! Ask your friends and family members for input and ideas. And remember to let those who donated know that all donations are supporting stronger, healthier babies! For more fundraising ideas and best practices, check out our School & Youth Team Tips: Fundraising video.

Now let’s hear from you!
How do you make your fundraising stand out?

26 Feb
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 marchforbabies.org. 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 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 events and/or activities are you hosting to fundraise this year?

17 Mar
Volunteers
Check out our March for Babies Tools for Youth

Check out our March for Babies Tools for Youth

Did you know that in 2010 school teams raised more than $3 million, the top school district raised more than $130,000, and the #1 Youth walker raised more than $70,000?

 

Are you a youth volunteer looking for fundraising ideas for March for Babies? Do you want your child to get even more involved with March for Babies and March of Dimes, in general?

 

The March for Babies Youth Toolkit is a great resource for all youth volunteers interested in participating in March for Babies. Find out how to start your March for Babies team, recruit walkers, host fundraisers and have fun while helping babies this spring!

 

Get your school and your friends involved. Learn how to host your very own “Club March of Dimes” at your local roller skating rink! Find out how to raise $300 in eight simple steps! Most importantly, discover how important your dedication and support is for all babies!

 

Like the March of Dimes Team Youth on Facebook to receive updates and tips from the March of Dimes. Connect with youth volunteers and March of Dimes supporters, like you. Receive feedback and advice on your March for Babies goals for 2011 from the March of Dimes and fellow volunteers.

 

For more information and additional support, contact March of Dimes Team Youth at teamyouth@marchofdimes.com.

 

What is your campus planning for March for Babies 2011?

17 Mar
Volunteers

Representing their mile of dimes at the school assembly.

Representing their mile of dimes at the school assembly.

Centennial High School FBLA in Oregon continues to grow in their fundraising efforts! Previously, they won the FBLA National Community Service Project with their efforts for the March of Dimes. This year, they used a variety of fundraising approaches to raise a mile of dimes – $11,333 to be exact, the most they have ever raised! Their most creative fundraiser was “Dancing with the Staff” where staff and students were paired in a dancing competition. They also raised money in the school, and held other events such as Bunco for Babies.

What were this team’s keys to success? Fun! Creativity! And a strong understanding of the cause. Led by a dedicated, outstanding FBLA adviser & teacher at the school, these students kept up their efforts all year to surpass their goal. Congrats to Adriann and all the students for their amazing work!

The FBLA also hosted a school assembly once they raised a mile of dimes, recognizing their team and congratulating the entire school on their efforts. The winning dance due performed, and they had a visual representation of dimes with $90 of dimes representing the $11,333 they raised as you can see in the photo.

For more on their success, check out their press coverage. Check out their Facebook page with Dancing with the Staff video & photos. And watch the phenomenal March of Dimes video they made for their school.

What has your FBLA, school or team done that has been fun & creative to support March for Babies? Share here!

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