What You Can Find on the 3-Day YouTube Channel

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If a picture can say a thousand words, imagine how much a video can tell us! When it comes to the 3-Day, we take videos on event, at training walks and beyond to help preserve that unique 3-Day experience long after you have crossed the finish line and headed home.

As the 2018 event season draws closer and you really dig in to your training and fundraising goals, it’s important to remember back to the 3-Day bubble and the Susan G. Komen family. Immersing yourself in those memories and happy times will give you an extra boost as you set out on your next training walk, and put passion into your latest round of fundraising letters. If you’re new to the 3-Day, our videos can give you a sneak peek of what’s to come.

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If you need help reconnecting with your big pink family, you need look no further than our 3-Day YouTube page! The collection of videos will bring a smile to your face and resolve to your heart.

We have 3-Day commercials from as far back as 2014, which give a beautiful look at 3-Days past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adn9xG8AvLw

There are also stories of inspiration from past walkers that give a voice to many of the reasons why we walk: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ0ttoG6MrV__XCdonsoPuO1dPO0hCvZ9

If you need fundraising tips and tricks, we have that too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0UQ0VtK4NI&t=1s

Are you walking in a new city this year? Or just want to feel some hometown love for your own city? Meet our event cities! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b9_5-PliJg&list=PLZ0ttoG6MrV87Wpt1xM7SFyMGb47FfAQl

A great way to encourage donors to support your 3-Day goals is to let them know where their money is going! We have a series of videos of doctors, researchers and others who have directly benefitted from the money raised on the 3-Day. Include this link in a fundraising email or share on your social media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh8Vb_YDOs8&list=PLZ0ttoG6MrV-zDdlXSyOobTWqZu7Pfo47

You can also thank your past donors by sharing one of the post-event recap videos from this past year!

And if you want to pull at the heart strings, or need a more emotional reminder of the gravity of our cause, watch “I Carry Your Heart, by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Community” – but have the tissues ready! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncbKJPkhDlU

What are some of your videos on our YouTube channel? How have you used our videos in your fundraising efforts or at a team meeting? Tell us in the comments!

 

3-Day Quick Hitting Fundraising Tips

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We are officially less than 24 weeks out from our first 3-Day of the year. 2018 is flying by, and if you haven’t started your fundraising yet, now is the time!

To make it easy for you to kick-off, or really jump start your efforts, we polled our resources – from our website to our coaches and beyondto find the best ideas for you.

Your first stop should be our Donations 101 page on The3Day.org! There you’ll find donation forms, frequently asked questions, and help fundraising “The 3-Day Way.” It’s a gold mine of information!

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From there, you can head to the Fundraising Idea Library, where you can search for ideas based around events, holidays and more! All of these ideas were submitted by past 3-Day participants. If you have any awesome ideas of your own, please enter them into the library. It’s a great place to find the best approach for you.

Another collaborative community is our 3-Day Message Boards, where you can post and chat with other walkers nationwide. This is a favorite spot of our coaches!

If you’re more of an in-person brainstormer, ask teammates or other walkers! Here’s a super simple tip from one of our participants, too! Kathleen B. sent us this idea on Facebook: Fill a leftover 20-ounce bottle full of dimes and you’ll have almost exactly $100. Post about it on social media, and ask people to save their dimes for you to help change a life!

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We also have tips from some of our coaches. They’ve been working to help participants reach their goals for years, and all these ladies have walked in the 3-Day themselves, as well!

Coach Tisho, Fundraising & Support Coach, Twin Cities & Philadelphia:

For repeat walkers, look at who donated to you in previous years and send them an ask again. In your Participant Center, in the Email and Contacts section, you can send an email to a specific group. The group “Past Donors Who Have Not Donated This time” is automatically in there for you. If you can’t find the list of your past donors in your Participant Center, your coach can pull it for you. Another unrelated tip is that if you’re planning to do any sort of event that involves a raffle/bingo/auction it’s a good idea to check on the local jurisdiction requirements before you get too far in the planning phase. Sometimes you have to request or purchase a permit for those events so that’s good to know earlier rather than later.

Coach Susan, Fundraising & Support Coach, Atlanta:

I do all my fundraising on Facebook! It’s my favorite! I like to set a goal, then divide it by my number of Facebook friends so set a specific request. So, I let people know that if only 10 of my friends contribute today, I will have raised X amount of money or be X percent of the way to my goal.

I also challenge my Facebook friends! By using phrases like, “I want to raise $100 today, who will be my first donor?” you create urgency and remind people to donate. Once someone makes a donation, tag them in a thank you post on Facebook. This pushes your post to the top of your friends’ feeds, and your donors’ feeds as well, creating excitement.

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Coach Gayla, Programs & Local Events Coach, Seattle & Dallas:

It helps me to think of it in steps!

  1. Pick your goal ($2,300 or more!) and spread it in to equal payments.
  2. For example, think about asking 23 people to donate $100 each or 100 people to donate $23 each. It makes the bigger goal seem a lot more manageable.
  3. Choose a deadline, like a holiday, birthday or when training begins!
  4. Send a personal request to individual donors detailing the following:
    1. What you’re doing: EX: “I’m walking 60 miles in 3 days to end breast cancer.”
    2. Why you’re doing it: Think about who or what gave you goose bumps when you signed up to walk. Tell your personal story and share the meaningful reason.
  5. Ask for a specific amount: “Will you please donate $100 by May 12th? I need 23 people to donate $100 each by May 12th to reach my goal.”
  6. Include a link to your page and remind people that it’s tax deductible!

Or, print your donation form from your personal fundraising page. Then, attach it to a personalized donation request letter along with a self-addressed stamped envelope back to your house. You can even make a copy of the donor’s check and the donation form and mail it to Komen’s address on the form. Make it as easy as possible for your potential donors!

What are your top fundraising tips? Do you have any simple steps to reach your donors? Tell us in the comments!

3-Day Motivation Monday: Inspiring Quotes from First Ladies

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Happy President’s Day, 3-Dayers! While no doubt some of us are appreciating a day off today, no matter if you’re working, running errands, catching up on your favorite TV shows, or anything else, it’s still a wonderful day to remember the men – and women – who have led our country. Yes, that’s right, the women, too!

Our First Ladies contributed greatly to America in a variety of ways, and today, we honor them. So, for a little motivation to start your week, here are some inspiring and educational quotes from a few of our First Ladies.

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“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” — Abigail Adams

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” — Barbara Bush

“Choose people who lift you up.” — Michelle Obama

“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.” — Lady Bird Johnson

“You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we’re all here for a certain space of time, and, and then it’s going to be over, and you better make this count.” — Nancy Reagan

“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” — Rosalynn Carter

“Leadership is not about popularity, it is about doing what is right.” — Laura Bush

“You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it.”— Hillary Clinton