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10 Apr

Hands in SMALL

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
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
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


12 Feb

Students throughout the country are gearing up for March for Babies! From rallying their peers to register to walk to hosting events at school, youth volunteers are using their creativity to raise funds and awareness for the March of Dimes.

Thomas R. Grove Middle School Gears Up for March for Babies!

Thomas R. Grover Middle School gears up for March for Babies!

The March of Dimes Group at Thomas R. Grover Middle School (New Jersey) hit the ground running this year by using the recent cold weather to their advantage. The students organized and hosted a Hot Chocolate Fundraiser, selling hot drinks on cold days during all three of the school’s lunch period. In one week, the dedicated youth volunteers raised more than $340 for stronger, healthier babies!

Sanjana Thaper, 7th Grader and founder of the March of Dimes Group, is beyond proud of her fellow classmates and excited to host future events for the March of Dimes. In 2012, the group pioneered a Walk-A-Thon at school, raising more than $650 through donations and wristband sales and educating classmates and teachers about the March of Dimes. Sanjana strongly thanks her peers, advisors, and mentors for their support throughout the club’s progression, with a special thanks to Ms. Garner, Mercery County Community Director, stating that they wouldn’t have been successful without her guidance.

Way to go Thomas R. Grover Middle School!

Looking to host a fundraiser at your school? Check out the 2013
March for Babies Youth Captains Guide
for detailed instructions and tips to
host a successful event.

Now let’s hear from you:
What events are you hosting to fundraise this year?
What groups (at school or in the community) are you working with to support stronger, healthier babies?

3 Mar

Pi Delta Psi is On the Move

Posted by Volunteers

Gotta give props to one of our newest national Greek partners, Pi Delta Psi. This year they hope to have all the brothers walking on March for Babies day, and they got a great start this weekend at the University of Central Florida KnightWalk in Orlando.  From getting newspaper coverage to hosting a range of great fundraising events, Pi Delta Psi was on fire down in Florida. The UCF chapter held a Taste of Asia event, getting foods donated representing all of Asia and collecting donations from students. They also set up a table in the main section of campus, in front of the Student Union, to collect donations.

For Pi Delta Psi this year, the walk means even more – one of their brothers had a premature baby and they are walking in honor of baby Parker Edward Chen. Born two and a half months premature, he is still in the hospital today. All members are asked to give at least $10 or more, but I can see these brothers far exceeding that! Pi Delta Psi, thanks for being Champions for Babies. Have a Pi Delta Psi on your campus? Make sure you connect with them on fundraising events.

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