Welcome Spring! 3-Day Fundraising Ideas


Spring is here at last! The weather might not quite be reflecting it yet in some parts of the country, but we are more than a little excited about blooming flowers, sunshiny days and more walks outside. This change of season also allows for new fundraising opportunities, and we have them rounded up all in one spot. Get outside and make the most of the season!

Spring Cleaning Garage Sale

This one is a no brainer, and helps you in more ways than one! Spring cleaning your house, closet, kitchen and beyond will help de-clutter your life. This can also help de-clutter your emotions and even be a de-stressing technique. Throw away or donate what you need to, but save as much as you can, then hold a garage sale with the proceeds going to the 3-Day!


April Fool’s Day

Lots of people play April Fool’s Day pranks – Why not take advantage of it? Partner with local comedians or radio hosts to set up a “you donate and we prank” fundraising movement. You can have them make prank calls or even prank “deliveries,” and ask your friends and family to donate for the right to send a prank on the funny holiday.

Spring Spa Day

Ask local salons, spas and hairdressers to donate products like lotion, nail polish, or scrubs and host a spa day at home! Ask for donations from your friends in exchange for “services” like scalp massages, manicures or hand scrubs. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday with your friends.


Flower Delivery

Those florists and local gift shops you worked with to send Valentine’s Day flowers? Call them up again! See if they would be willing to donate any extra flowers at the end of each week, then you can make special deliveries to potential donors. Who could say “no” to a fundraising letter that comes with a bouquet?

Earth Day or Arbor Day Hike

Ask people to sponsor miles of a hike you will take in honor of the many Mother Nature-related holidays in April. Every mile you walk means more funding for the 3-Day! It will double as a good training walk, and could be used as a team building or recruitment exercise as well! Asking your friends to walk with you gives you plenty of time to tell them your 3-Day story…they might just join you!


Get Outside

Offer lawn care services and car washes,to people in your neighborhood in exchange for donations! You probably have all the materials you need right at home, so all it will cost is your time. It will also give you a great excuse to get outside!

What are your spring fundraising plans? Tell us in the comments!

St. Patrick’s Day Fundraising Ideas


Top o’ the morning to you, 3-Dayers! St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend, and we want to bring you as much luck as possible for the big day. With that in mind, we have simple fundraising ideas to help you make the most of this holiday! By spreading extra luck and 3-Day love this week, you might just hit your fundraising goal ahead of schedule.

Hold a “Go Green” Bake Sale

Bake sales are always a classic technique, and with the weather getting warmer (hopefully), there are plenty of fun, outdoor spots to hold one! Put a simple twist on favorite treats, like adding green sprinkles to the tops of brownies or dying sugar cookies green. Another fun idea is to dye Rice Krispies treats green and add Lucky Charms to the mix for a little marshmallow fun!


Use Lucky Local Connections

Work with a local restaurant or coffee shop to have a special on St. Patrick’s Day with proceeds going towards your team! Lots of places will already be running holiday menu items, so capitalize on that to help the 3-Day cause. They might even be willing to re-name a special in the 3-Day’s honor!

Get Social!

Update your Facebook status and ask your friends to send you some “Luck of the Irish” by donating $7 or $70 to you on the holiday. This is perfect for last-minute fundraising efforts, because every donation makes a difference, no matter how small.


Send donation letters with St. Patrick’s Day jokes

Give your normal donation letters an upgrade by adding holiday stickers, writing or printing your letters in green, and opening with a fun St. Paddy’s Day joke! Need some ideas? We have you covered…

What kind of bow can’t be tied? A rainbow!

What do you call a fake rock in Ireland? A sham-rock

Why do frogs like St. Paddy’s Day? Because they’re always wearing green!

Give St. Patrick’s Day themed manicures for donations

Most people have plenty of manicure tools at home that you might not use, but you certainly can put to good use! Buy a few extra polish colors or nail stickers, and invite your friends over for at-home manicures in exchange for a 3-Day donation. They’ll leave with pretty new nails, you’ll be closer to your fundraising goal, and a fun time will be had by all!

Host an “Over the Rainbow” viewing party

Although “The Wizard of Oz” isn’t typically thought of as a St. Patrick’s Day film, you can still use it to take your friends and family over the rainbow with fun. Have them over for a movie night, and start with a “preview” video of photos from last year’s event, and remind them they can still donate to your cause!

Do you have any fun ideas for a little “Luck o’ the Irish” fundraising? Tell us in the comments!


Black History Month Highlight: Margie W., Atlanta 3-Day Walker


Meet “Miss Pink” – Margie W., who represents the 3-Day all year long; not just in her pink wardrobe, but in her sparkling enthusiasm. She has participated in fourteen 3-Day events since 2005, raised more than $32,000 (not including all the donations she has made to teammates over the years), and promotes the 3-Day spirit in every step of her life, not just those she takes on her yearly 60-mile journey.

Margie told us her story, her goal, and why it’s so important for the African American community to participate in the 3-Day. As we celebrate Black History Month, we also celebrate Margie and her vital message.


Because she lost her favorite cousin to breast cancer, and because her sister is now a more than twenty-year survivor of the disease, Margie encourages everyone she knows to be on the lookout for early signs of breast cancer, to get their mammograms, and work to make every difference that they can.

“As an African American woman, it is so important to me to walk.”

And walk she does! When the 3-Day came to Atlanta in 2005, Margie says she was “over the rainbow” about making that sixty-mile journey. She has walked in other breast cancer walks, and has walked the 3-Day in other cities, but she keeps coming back to the 3-Day.

“When I started, I told myself I was only going to walk three years and I was going to be out of there. But I became addicted! I keep telling my donors it’s going to be my last year, but then every year, I call them again and say, “I lied. I’m walking again!”


At almost 67 years old, she has been walking through knee pain for the last few years, but is going through treatment to try and walk this year if she can. But no matter what, she will crew. And she’s already begun fundraising!

“I already have $600 in my book. I am always raising money! That way, I can be there no matter what!”

For people who need help hitting their fundraising goals, Margie has plenty of ideas, but her #1 tip is simple: Just ask.

“ASK. ASK. ASK. I keep donation letters at work, in my car, in my purse. Anytime someone tells me I look pretty in my pink, I ask them! I’m always ready. I take whatever they give me. I could be in line at the grocery store, and if someone says something about all my pink, I tell them about the 3-Day.

I also used the 3-Day app last year. I sent out no letters, but I used the app and I was amazed! My thing is, you cannot just sign up, and throw fundraising on the back burner. You have not because you ask not. Ask!”

Her team, Tutu’s for Tatas, has also used fashion shows and a “Breast Cancer Mustang” event to help raise money. They were one of the first teams in 3-Day history to hit the million-dollar mark, and that’s thanks to dedicated fundraisers like Margie.


She always donates to her teammates and fellow walkers who are struggling to meet their goals, and accepts any donation, no matter how small. That includes donations that are less than a dollar!

“The smallest donation I ever had was 37 cents. I was on a 12-mile training walk, and I stopped to use the bathroom. A little girl named Megan stopped and talked to me, and I told her I was walking for breast cancer. And she gave me thirty-seven cents, so I wrote a check for that thirty-seven cents and sent it in.”

To her, every cent, and every step makes a difference. Because she knows that all that work goes to helping people in need.

“It’s about seeing the symptoms, getting your mammograms. [..] There is a lot of help here! There are so many charities and help. That’s why people like me walk so hard and work and fundraise!”

She says that, “by the grace of god, I’m not a survivor, but I am a supporter” and she wants to support Komen’s Bold Goal as long as she can.

So, if you see her in Atlanta this year, give Miss Pink a big hug, and thank her for all her hard work.