3 Ways to Get a Donation in 10 Minutes or Less

So you haven’t started fundraising for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® yet. It’s okay!

Don’t panic, and don’t stress yourself out right now by thinking about the full amount you want to raise. You will get there in time but for today, make it your goal to simply to get that first donation and get yourself off of $0. Our years of fundraising experience on the Komen 3-Day have shown that once you get the first donation, you are statistically much more likely to get the rest. You just have to get the ball rolling!

Here are some easy ways that you can get that first donation in 10 minutes or less.

  1. Go With Who You Know – If you have done the 3-Day or other fundraising events in the past, shoot a personal email (or even better, send a handwritten note) to someone who has donated to you before. Reaching out to a past donor eliminates the “what if they’re not interested in donating?” fear that many people have. Thank them for their past support and invite them to be your first donor of 2014. (And if this will be your first 3-Day event, ask your best friend, mom, spouse or roommate to be your first donor!) Time spent: 10 minutes.
  2. Help Yourself – Making a donation to yourself might cause you to cringe a little bit; most walkers count on raising their 3-Day® funds through donations from other people, not having to cover the amount themselves. In all likelihood, that’s how you’ll do it too, but for now, we’re just trying to get you off of that $0 balance. You can do that in an instant by donating to your own efforts. Make it meaningful and purposeful. Make a $60 donation in honor of the 60 miles you’ll walk, but break it into four monthly payments of $15. That’s the same as giving up 3 lattes a month. Time spent: 4-5 minutes

  3. Issue a Challenge – Fundraising on Facebook is one of the most popular strategies these days, and a fundraising ask on social media often results in immediate responses. Using a gimmick to generate interest and excitement from your potential donors is extremely effective. Issue a Facebook challenge to your friends, asking them to help you “Ditch the Zero,” or specifically tag 10 friends, asking them for $23 each, and call them your “10% Club.” Time spent: 7 minutes

Need more fundraising ideas? Visit The3Day.org/fundraising and get inspired to get started!

3-Day Crew Haikus

This week is National Volunteer Week, the perfect time to recognize our amazing Susan G. Komen 3-Day® crew and volunteers. Today, we’re spotlighting one of our 2013 Route Safety crew teams in another inspiring video.

This video shows one small slice of the Komen 3-Day crew experience. We wish we could give you a video snapshot of every crew team, because the truth is, the 3-Day® would not be possible without the work of the crew—the entire crew. No job is more important than another, and the selfless service of every crew member is the backbone of the incredible, life-changing experience that every walker has on the 3-Day.

So, as a fun way to shout out to every one of our crew teams, please enjoy my attempt at short-form poetry. I give you – 3-Day Crew Haikus.

 

Bus Liaisons
Lift you back to camp,
while lifting your spirits too.
We’re so proud of you!

Camp Hydration
Camp is full, but your
water bottle is empty;
Get your refill here!

Camp Logistics
We come in early;
we turn this park into camp –
a site for sore thighs.

Camp Services
Pins, camp mail, your lost
pink tutu…we’ve got ‘em! First,
let me scan you in!

Camp Signage
Gear, left; showers, right;
dining tent is this a’ way –
the signs are all there.

Event Support
Any job that calls—
yeah, we’re pretty much ninjas
ready to say “Yes!”

Food Service
Food’s hot, you’re hungry.
More bacon? Second dessert?
We say, “You got it!”

Gear & Tent
Leave us your stuff, it
waits for you at camp, the best
baggage claim ever.

Grab & Go’s
Don’t have to stop long,
we’ll still treat you like a star.
Quick drink, then you’re off!

Lunch
You made it halfway!
Relax, have a meal with us,
we serve with a smile.

Medical/Sports Medicine
No blister too big,
no aches or pains too daunting.
Your health in our hands.

Pit Stops
At just the right time –
which way to the grahamwiches?
(Oh, and water too.)

Route Clean-up
Scores of walkers, but
you’d never know; not a scrap
of trash left behind.

Route Hydration
Pit stops, Grabs and Lunch –
water delivery! From
us to them to you.

Route Marking
Poles, zip ties, arrows,
left, right, straight ahead for miles.
Lost walkers? No way.

Route Safety
Walking on two feet
is what you do. We watch you,
riding on two wheels.

Support Services
Event Staff’s right-hand.
Transports, tent issues and more –
we’ve got you covered.

Sweep
Can’t go one more step?
We’re your rolling pick-me-up.
Like, literally.

Traffic Control
Park here, don’t park there.
This way to walker drop-off.
No jams with this role.

Youth Corps
(by 10-year-old guest poet Caitlin D. – 2014 Youth Corps member)
Cheer for the walkers,
have fun in our yellow shirts,
do good as a team!

 

 

To read more detailed descriptions of all of the 3-Day crew teams, click here. Then, let YOUR creativity show! Post your own Crew Haiku in the comments section.

 

**2014 Crew registration is closed for all events except Twin Cities and Seattle, which have limited openings left. We are still recruiting qualified health services professionals to join our Medical and Sports Medicine teams in all cities. To register for one of these Health Services Crew teams, or learn more about the 3-Day Crew, please contact one of our coaches at 800-996-3DAY.

 

You make a living what you get, you make a life by what you give.

Keeping the FUN in Fundraising

There are literally hundreds of different ways that you can raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, but if your personality leans a little toward the zany side, your Komen 3-Day fundraising is a great place to get creative and let your wacky flag fly.

Here are just a few out-of-the-box 3-Day® fundraising ideas that have worked for other walkers:

Prom Dress Sale – The life cycle of most fancy dresses—worn by prom-goers, bridesmaids or wedding guests—is: spend a lot of money, wear it once, stuff it in a closet. We heard about an enterprising young walker who realized there was money to be made from all that neglected couture. She collected up used prom dresses from her high school acquaintances, got a local dry cleaner to clean the dresses at no cost, and then held a big sale a few weeks before prom and resold the dresses at discounted prices. She raised more than $800!

Trick or Treat for Ta-Ta’s – A few years ago on Halloween, Twin Cities 3-Day participant Jenny C. dressed up in an adorable pink ribbon costume and went trick-or-treating—not for candy, but for donations. She said, “I wasn’t sure how it would go, but there were only maybe 3 or 4 houses that refused. The houses that gave me $20s made up for them! There were a couple that took donation forms, too. And one guy dumped his giant mason jar full of change in my Boobie Bucket!” About 2 hours of door-to-door work brought in nearly $200.

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Pink Ribbon Jenny and her Boobie Bucket!

“Flock” Your Friends – I’ve personally done this one, and it’s a riot! I bought a couple dozen pink plastic lawn flamingos and then under cover of darkness, I stuck all of them in my neighbors’ yard and left a note on their doorstep. The note basically said, if you want me to take these pink squatters off your lawn, make a donation. Then, to add a wicked little twist, that family then got to pick which of our other neighbors would get “flocked” next. This is great fundraiser for 3-Dayers with kids; my daughters were my sidekicks in sneaking the flamingos from house to house, and our neighbors’ kids were absolutely beside themselves with excitement when they’d wake up to find they’d been visited by the flamingo fairies. Within 2 weeks, almost every house on our block woke up to find the flamingos in their yard and I raised over $1000.

Backward Mile RaceBlanche C., a veteran walker, crew member and team captain in Seattle, has held the “Cupcake Classic Backwards Mile” Race for the past few years. It’s just what it sounds like: friends of all ages sign up to walk or run backwards for one mile. These reverse-running renegades pay a registration fee for the race, which goes toward Blanche’s fundraising, and she also holds a massive raffle at the race itself. Oh, and of course, there are cupcakes at the finish line.

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These clever “backward milers” brought handheld rear-view mirrors

Dance for Donations – Who doesn’t love subjecting their friends to a little public humiliation? We’ve heard of a handful of 3-Day walkers doing some version of this, and the results are hilarious. Basically, you ask friends for donations of a certain amount, and in exchange, the donor gets to pick a song that you will go out in public and dance to. Naturally, you have to have someone there to video you as proof, and naturally, that video must make its way back to your donors (usually through the power of social media). I personally think that the less skilled you are as a dancer, the funnier this whole endeavor is, but if you can’t fathom busting a move in front of a bunch of strangers, you can try a toned-down version of “embarrassment fundraising,” such as standing on a busy street corner wearing a sandwich board that says “I Love Boobies,” or the like.

Which creative, fun fundraisers have you tried? Share your ideas in the comments section, and if you need some fundraising inspiration of your own, visit the fundraising library on the 3-Day website at the3Day.org/library.