More Ways to Thank Your 3-Day Donors

As we approach the start of the 2015 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season, you are probably seeing an uptick in donations coming in. At the end of last year, we shared some ways to thank your Komen 3-Day donors after your event is over, but we thought you might also like some ideas of ways to thank them during your 3-Day®.

Carry Them With You – Many walkers find thoughtful and creative ways to recognize and bring their donors along with them while they walk. You can write their names (and the names of the people whom they donated in honor or in memory of) on pink ribbons that you wear on your hat or waist pack. You can inscribe their names on a t-shirt. If you’re feeling very creative, names of donors could also be celebrated on fairy wings, a cape or a tutu.2014_3DAY_MI_BC_0103

Make Your Gratitude Social – Chances are you will be updating your social media throughout your 3-Day weekend anyway, so be sure to take some of those posting breaks to tag and thank your donors too. They’re the ones who helped get you to the 3-Day, so it makes perfect sense to recognize them publicly on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as you post from the road.

Say Thank You With a Photo – A great way to thank your donors is to take a picture of you at the 60-mile banner on Day 3 and turn it into a photo card. There are countless websites (Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Snapfish, etc.) where you can create photo cards, and adding this personal touch brings your thank you notes to a whole new level. If you’re part of a team, think about making it a team photo card; then you can order in bulk and everyone can use them!

Dedicate a Mile – Taking the photo thank you idea one step further, you could dedicate a mile to each of your donors (assuming you have 60 or fewer!). Make a small tribute card with the mile number and the donor’s name, then snap a quick picture of you holding the card when you reach that point on the route. You can post these on social media and/or send the pictures to your donors after the event is over.IMG_0338

Renew Your Commitment – A perfect way to show your donors how grateful you are for their support and how dedicated you are to ending breast cancer is to renew your own commitment and register for a 2016 3-Day event. Walker registration for all seven events will open on August 11.


These are just a few ideas, but you can let your creativity take you anywhere when it comes to showing your thanks.

Find Last-Minute Fundraising Success With These 8 Tips

For our Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walkers who are headed to Michigan, the event is less than a month away, and for everyone else, your Komen 3-Day event isn’t far behind. There is so much to be excited about, but some 3-Day® walkers may also find themselves stressing out as they inch toward Day 1 and still have not reached their fundraising minimums. The anxiety of that ticking clock doesn’t have to signal doom though, even if your event is just a few weeks away. See below for some time-tested tips that will push your last-minute fundraising through to your goal.3DAY_2015_SocialMedia_FundraisingFriday_004

Set a Deadline – This is a great little fundraising trick to use all the time, but especially when you’re crunched for time. The pressure of a deadline is a powerful motivator for just about everyone, including your donors. The deadline can be whatever you choose, though you should make sure your donors get their online donations in no later than the Monday before you walk (two weeks prior to that if they’re mailing their donation in) . Reach out to all your potentials—by email, Facebook, face-to-face, whatever it takes!—to share the deadline and encourage them not to wait any longer.

Follow-Up – Remember back to the beginning of the year, when you sent fundraising emails out right after you initially registered for the 3-Day? And remember all those people who replied and said, “I’ll definitely donate, but I’m going to wait until later.” And then remember how that was the last you heard from those folks? Now is time to follow up with these wonderful “procras-donators” and very sweetly remind them that later is now. Send a personal text or email and tell them how much their donation will mean to you and to the cause.

Divide Up the Balance – Take the amount that you have left to raise and divide it by the number of days until your event. That’s how much you have to raise (at least) each day in order to reach your goal. Share this number with your donors and ask them to donate in that amount. Sometimes the unusual dollar amount (“I need $41.07 every for the next 4 weeks!”) is just catchy enough to inspire someone to give.

Increase Your Facebook Activity– Perhaps you’ve already tossed up some posts on Facebook about your participation in the 3-Day, and maybe even made some donation requests. As you approach the final countdown to your event (starting one month out or so, I’d say), update your status on a daily basis, let people know exactly how much left you have to raise, and divide up the balance as mentioned above. Did you know that posts with photos are more likely to be shown in your friends’ Facebook feeds? But sure to include a shot of your lovely face with your posts!

Delegate – Think of five of your most spirted, ambitious, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer friends or family members, and ask them to help you. Assign of them the task of procuring five (or whatever number you choose) donations each, or set some dollar amount for each of them to aim for. By delegating in this way, you’ll be able to reach potential donors (your friends’ friends and coworkers) who aren’t even in your circle.

Recycle for Cash – If you live in an area that has recycling programs that will give you cash for your empty bottles and cans, this can be a great way to drum up a few hundred bucks. Distribute trash bags to your neighbors, your office, your gym—any place that generates a lot of recyclable trash—and tell them you’ll return in a week to collect whatever they’ve saved up. Then take it to the recycling center and walk away with some green. (Long time 3-Dayer Jim has been extremely successful with recycling for donations. See his story here.)

Go Where the People Are – It’s summertime and people are out and about everywhere—the beach, parks, outdoor concerts and movie nights, parades. Throw on your 3-Day t-shirt or other pink ribbon gear, grab some friends or your kids, give everyone a bucket, and go where the crowds are. The more elaborate and eye-catching your efforts look (how fun would it be to bling up some pink bras and send your crew out in those?), the more you’ll be likely to inspire donations from complete strangers.

Shorten Up the Ask With a Text – It may sound crazy, but for some people, an email or Facebook message just isn’t short or fast enough. For these donors, craft a brief, catchy text message and send it their way via text message. Add a picture (a selfie sporting your best “pretty please” face, perhaps?) and don’t forget to include your personal URL. One simple tap on their smartphones, and your donors will be taken to the 3-Day mobile site where they can donate quickly and easily, no matter where they are.


You Can Raise $2,300 in One Month

There are countless strategies you could employ to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, but when you’re staring down a deadline (or just want to reach your goal quickly), it may be hard to narrow down your options. That’s where our handy chart comes in. Follow these steps and find yourself celebrating your $2,300 Komen 3-Day fundraising success in no time!susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog fundraising $2,300

Still craving more fundraising ideas? There are in-depth resources in your 3-Day® Participant Center, creative ideas and inspiration on the 3-Day blog (click Fundraising in the top banner to see all the fundraising-related posts) and the advice and expertise of the 3-Day coaches (just a phone call away at 800-996-3DAY).