The 3-Day Coaches Share Their Favorite Fundraising Ideas

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® coaches are experienced fundraisers. They are all current or past Komen 3-Day participants themselves, and their combined decades of 3-Day® expertise has left them with a treasure trove of fundraising ideas and strategies. So we thought that the natural way to kick off our 3-Day Fundraising Week would be to ask the coaches for their best and favorite fundraising ideas. Feast your eyes, then give your favorites a try!SGK_3-Day_SocialMedia_FundraisingWeek_%23The3Day_v1 San Diego Coach Staci shared some ideas for increasing the emotional impact of the 3-Day among your donors:

“Incorporate your donors’ reasons for supporting you by asking them to send back the names of the people in their lives who have been touched by breast cancer so that you can walk in their honor or memory, too. Write their names down and carry them with you on the event. This allows your donors to feel more a part of the 3-Day journey and experience and elicits a greater emotional (and hopefully financial) investment on their part. One walker I know writes the honorees’ names on individual pink ribbons and wears the ribbons during her walk. After her event she sends each donor a personal thank you note, along with ‘their’ ribbon(s) and a photo of herself on the event, with the ribbons proudly displayed. I love the way this closes the circle with her donors.

 “Another unique fundraising event I heard of this year was by a participant who hosted a huge ‘pig feed.’ The money raised came from selling tickets and a silent auction, but this walker raised breast cancer awareness in a striking way as well. Every 2 minutes (for an hour during dinner) they rang a bell and an event volunteer randomly delivered a pink ribbon drink coozie to an attendee. At the end of the event they had everyone with a coozie stand up to represent the frequency of breast cancer diagnoses in a powerfully visual way. The impact of this activity prompted some attendees to give additional donations on the spot.”

  Jen, one of our fabulous Philadelphia coaches, suggested the following strategy for getting your community involved with your 3-Day fundraising:

“A team I know chooses one weekend every year in their community when they pick various intersections and collect money at red lights with signs, everyone wearing pink, etc. With a little effort and coordination (and comfortable shoes!), they do very well with this team fundraiser. And honestly, this makes a great cross training activity, too!”

  Many of our younger walkers (high school or college age in particular) frequently look to the coaches for help with fundraising because at that young age, not many of their young friends have money to give. Michigan coach Jennifer has some advice especially for these young walkers:

“Ask for donations from your friends’ parents, since they are more likely to have money to donate. Ask them in person or hand deliver your fundraising letters instead of sending via the mail or email to make it more personal.

 “If you’re still in high school or college, get permission to fundraise through school. You may not get huge donations, but there’s at least a huge pool of potential donors who can each give a little bit. It will add up. Schools are also great places for fundraising gimmicks, such as ‘Change Wars’ between classes (or dorms, or sororities and fraternities), dares (within reason) during lunch hour in exchange for donations, or selling donuts or ice cream during lunch hour. I remember talking to a college student a few years ago who made a fundraising flyer and taped it to the door of everyone in her dorm; she raised close to $750 within one week.”

Coach Stephanie (Twin Cities) had loads of great suggestions, which she regularly shares with walkers whom she talks to on the phone or at local events.

  • “If your birthday comes up before your 3-Day event, ask friends for donations instead of gifts. You can ask for a dollar amount corresponding to your age, or set a loftier goal and see if you can raise the amount of your birth year within one week of your birthday.
  • Ask your company’s HR department if you can host a ‘jeans day’ or ‘dress down day’ for $5.
  • Sell hot dog lunches outside Wal-Mart, Home Depot or your local grocery store. Charge $2 for hot dog, chips and soda. Most people will give a $5, 10 or $20 bill and hopefully tell you to keep the change. Make your lunch display full of pink – balloons, napkins, plates, signage about the 3-Day, breast cancer facts and Komen facts so donors know where the funds are going. Most of the lunch products can be bought in bulk at Sam’s Club or Costco for a small expense.
  • Host dining out nights at local restaurants and receive 10%, 15% or even 20% of that night’s sales.”

Seattle coach Paula has participated in over 20 3-Day events, and she shared the following fabulous fundraising ideas:

“If you’re hosting a fundraising event, incorporate a 50/50 raffle. Get a roll of double tickets (one part goes in the raffle basket, you keep the other part). Set a ticket price that works for you. For Boobapalooza [the fundraising concert Paula holds each year] we sell tickets at 1 for $5/ 3 for $10 / 7 for $20. Periodically announce how big the pot is to build excitement and encourage more ticket purchases. When the raffle closes, have your banker count the collected donations and divide by two. Set aside half of the proceeds as yours – yay! Put the other half in an envelope and draw the winning ticket. One year, the winner re-donated a portion of their winnings back to us. Win, win!

 “Are you crafty? Find or design a simple bracelet that can be made at a reasonable cost, and sell them. I funded my 3-Day entirely with bracelet proceeds one year. I made them for $5 and they sold for $20. People are still wearing them.

 “Have a green thumb? Capitalize on the succulent craze and make some ‘Cancer Sucks-ulents’ to sell or raffle. These little ‘succers’ are easy to propagate, easier to grow, and you can turn cuttings from just a few plants into cute little mini-gardens. Containers can be anything – think dollar and thrift stores buys. Sell them to your friends, at fundraising events, or even display a table of your creations at your garage sale.” Komen_3day_fundraising_coaches tips_succulents

3-Day Training Tweet Chat Recap!

We came, we saw, we tweeted.

After the success of our Fundraising Tweet Chat on May 29, we followed up on July 9 with another Tweet Chat all about training. Dozens of 3-Dayers and coaches met in cyberspace to tweet about training schedules, blister prevention and other walking-related tips and tricks. The hour-long conversation flew by, and we all came away with some fantastic ideas and inspiration.

Some highlights are posted below, and you can see the whole conversation by visiting the 3-Day Twitter page (www.twitter.com/the3day), or searching for the hashtag #the3day, then scrolling to the July 9 posts.

Keep the training conversation going on all of the 3-Day social media sites!

Introducing the ABC’s of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Crew

Every year, the Komen 3-Day Crew puts up tents, picks up trash, hangs route signage, sets up pit stops, cheers on tired walkers, soothes stinging blisters, serves hot meals and much, much more. Being a part of the 3-Day® Crew means giving up your time in selfless service to help end breast cancer. Whether you’re a ten-time crew member, brand new to the Crew or an interested participant, we wanted to share the ABC’s of the 3-Day Crew – 26 Crew-related people, places and things you’ll encounter on the 3-Day. We invite you to share ideas for each letter here or on Facebook, and to share these images with your family and friends. (To see the 3-Day walker version of the ABC’s, click here!)

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk crew blog ABCs  all crew kick-offOn the Thursday before every 3-Day event, all crew members get together to prepare for an amazing 3 days. The All-Crew Kick-Off is a chance to reunite with crew friends from past events and meet the newest members of our crew community. There’s music, games and other activities to build camaraderie and the 3-Day spirit. Crew members also learn how to set up event tents and canopies, use a walkie-talkie and maybe even drive a big truck. Attendance at the All-Crew Kick-Off is required for all crew members.

See Also: (Route Marking) Arrows

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk crew blog ABCs  bus liaisonSometimes walkers have to call it quits for the day and be transported back to camp, and often, this decision is an emotional one. Thank goodness for the sensitive and supportive Bus Liaison crew team. These folks are there to lift walkers’ spirits and keep them company while in transit.

See also: Blisters

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk crew blog ABCs The 3-Day simply would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of the all-volunteer Crew. Crew members and volunteers work throughout the entire 3-Day experience, serving as the backbone of the event, bringing it to life and becoming the support system for the walkers every step of the way. You can read descriptions of the different types of crew members here (or in playful poetic form here).

See also: Cheering Stations, Camp Logistics, Camp Services

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk crew blog ABCs  dancingBeing part of the 3-Day Crew is a lot of work, but that doesn’t mean there’s no play! What’s a great way to encourage and motivate tired walkers to keep going? Dancing! You’ll see many of our spirited crew members groovin’ and movin’ along the route, at stops and at camp, with tunes or without. Join them and put an extra spring in your step!

See also: Driver

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk crew blog ABCs  event supportEvent Support is a special team of crew members with three or more years of experience on the 3-Day Crew who are ready to step in wherever needed. They are essentially jacks-of-all-trades, lending pit stop support, assisting with Ceremonies, helping to manage bus transport, assisting with a relocation and serving as extra route safety.

See also: Experience of a lifetime (Walker, Crew, or Volunteer: you’ll have it on the 3-Day!)

 

What other Crew terms can you think of for letters A,B,C,D and E? How about for letters F,G,H,I and J? Stay tuned for Part 2 of the ABC’s of the 3-Day Crew next week!