Ways to Say Thank You to Your 3-Day Donors

We have reached the end of the 2014 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season, and it’s a great time for all of you who raised money for the Komen 3-Day this year to give some special thanks to the donors who supported you. Here are a few simple ways to say thank you to your 3-Day® donors:

Thank You Note – You’re probably saying, “Well, duh!” But throughout my years as a 3-Day coach, I was always surprised when I’d hear that some participants didn’t send thank you notes to their donors. Even if you had thanked them in person or in some other way, a hand-written note of thanks is a small gesture that goes a very long way.

Acknowledge their connection – When you thank your donors, take a minute to acknowledge their reason for donating. If they were supporting you in memory of someone, remember that person with them. Honor the survivors in their lives. If they donated to you just because you’re awesome and they wanted to support you, tell them they’re awesome too!IMG_6556

Tell Them How They Helped – This graphic chart shows the direct impact that donations to Susan G. Komen® (through events like the 3-Day) have on the fight to end breast cancer. Click to print:susan g. komen impact priorities challenges 2014

Don’t Ask For More…Yet – Many 3-Dayers are already registered for a 2015 3-Day, and may be tempted to use their thank you notes to ask for donations toward the next walk. Hold off on that for now. Now is the time to shine some light on the amazing contributions your donors made to you and to Komen already. It will leave them feeling warm and appreciated, and if you’re coming back to the 3-Day next year (and we hope you are!), when you are ready to make your ask for new donations, your donors will remember how gracious you were and show their generosity again.

Keep It Simple – If you want to write a detailed thank you note to a donor who had a particularly strong impact on your 3-Day experience, that’s fine, but for the most part, it’s okay to keep your thank yous simple and heartfelt. I found a great post called “22 Delightful Ways to Say Thank You”, which has some fun and concise ways to express your thankfulness.

Share the Love on Social MediaPrint this sign, personalize it with a message or your donors’ names, and take a picture of yourself holding it up. thank youThen post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (wherever your friends are) and tag your donors. They will appreciate the acknowledgement.

Record a Video Message – Thank you notes are timeless and always an effective way to convey your gratitude, but if you’re of a more technological and visual bent, you can send a video thank you message to your donors (or post it on social media and tag them in it). You should still follow the other suggestions above (keep it simple, acknowledge connections), but a video message could be a fun and dynamic way to express your appreciation to your donors.

 

However you decide to thank you donors, make it from the heart. They are the real heroes of the 3-Day, and they can never be thanked enough for their part in moving us toward our goal of a world without breast cancer.

3-Day Fall Fundraising Ideas

Whether you’re still raising money for a 2014 Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, or you’re getting an early jump on your fundraising for 2015, fall is a great time to re-energize your Komen 3-Day fundraising. Here are some practical and creative fundraising ideas to help you fall toward your goals!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month – As you probably know, October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a great time for you to make your friends and family aware of your part in the breast cancer cause. Wear a 3-Day® shirt around town or on training walks, and take advantage of opportunities to talk about your 3-Day fundraising efforts. Often, a little conversation is all that’s needed to ignite a new supporter’s interest.

Fall = Follow Up – When’s the last time you reached out to your donor base? Take the turning of the new season as an inspiration to send an email to your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, and update them on your fundraising and training progress. Let them know about your goals for the last few months of the year and ask for their support. Remember, the real impact of fundraising letters/emails comes with the follow-up. Sometimes people just need that gentle reminder, and October is a fitting time to give a little pink nudge.

Trick-or-Treat for Donations! – We’ve heard a few stories over the years of 3-Day participants going door-to-door for donations on Halloween night. Jenny, a Twin Cities participant, even wore this amazing pink ribbon costume, complete with her “boobie bucket.” You could find all kinds of ways to dress up for the cause (there’s no shortage of pink superhero costumes, pink wigs, pink tutus, etc. out there this time of year), and even get some training in by walking around your neighborhood.

Warm Up Those Fall Sports Fans – Is your town overtaken with high school or college football fever this time of year? Or are you tight with the local soccer moms at Saturday morning games? How about selling hot chocolate or coffee to tail-gaters or at the sports fields? If you want to think a little bigger, you could even make some no-sew fleece blankets to sell. As always, make sure people know their purchase is going toward your fundraising efforts and often, they’ll invite you to keep the change, too.

Give Thanks, Get Donations – While Thanksgiving is not typically a gift-giving occasion, the feel-good vibe of the holiday tends to put people in a generous spirit. Share that spirit of gratitude by telling people—in person, on Facebook, with a hand-written note—how much they mean to you, and how grateful you are for the advances in breast health that Susan G. Komen® and the 3-Day have helped fund.

Black Friday = Pink Friday! – The day after Thanksgiving, informally known as Black Friday, is the busiest day of the year for retailers. Challenge your friends and family to calculate 10% of what they plan to spend on shopping that day, and instead donate it to your fundraising efforts (this challenge could extend all the way through the weekend to Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day). Or, if you’re feeling especially bold and adventurous, sell coffee and donuts to patrons who line up outside their favorite stores early on Friday morning. They’ll appreciate the breakfast options, and you’ll earn some money toward your 3-Day goals.

Giving Tuesday – On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to charitable causes. Take advantage of all of the warm and generous feelings flying about (not to mention the wallets that have already been loosened by Thanksgiving weekend shopping) and ask for a donation to support your fight to end breast cancer.

What other fabulous fundraising ideas can you fashion for the fall season? Share them in comments or on Facebook!

Congratulations to the Seattle 3-Day Top Fundraisers

The Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day® began yesterday among gray skies, but the clouds only helped magnify the beauty and excitement of our pink-clad walkers, who were ready to embark on their 60-mile journey. After a wonderful day out on the route, we celebrated our last walker’s arrival to the Komen 3-Day camp, and then a fun and inspirational camp show. Our friends from Bank of America took a few special moments to recognize the top fundraisers for the Seattle 3-Day®. Please join us in congratulating all of them!

Top Individual Fundraiser: Loretta Englishbee; $19,580 raised

Top Individual Fundraiser Loretta

Top Individual Fundraiser Loretta

Loretta is the Team Captain of Team Bee, and this is her 9th year and 10th event with the 3-Day. Loretta lives in Alaska, and said, “My job work-site is located 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle and a mere 1200 miles from the North Pole. I work there 14 consecutive days each month. After working there 26 years, I’m still trying to catch a sighting of Santa! I’ve seen him on the 3-Day, but never up there!”


Top Crew Fundraiser:
Pamella Whitham; $7,140 raised

Top Crew Fundraiser Pamella

Top Crew Fundraiser Pamella

Pamella is a realtor and lives with her hubby, Bob, in Malibu, California, where they have lots of birds, chickens, rabbits and ducks. This is Pamella’s 11th 3-Day event, and she’s raised a lifetime total of $38,140.

 

Top Fundraising Team: Valley Girls & Guys; $342,221 raised

Valley Girls & Guys Team Captain Tina

Valley Girls & Guys Team Captain Tina

This is the Valley Girls & Guys 6th year as a team; and they’ve raised an extraordinary lifetime total of $1,696,989 in that time. The captain of Valley Girls & Guys is Tina McDonough (also this year’s Milestone Award Winner), and the team has 177 members.