The ABCs of Fundraising

Whether you are a first-time walker or a seasoned veteran, fundraising can be intimidating. Coming up with creative ways to get donations can add a little fun to the process of raising money! We asked 3-Dayers to name one fundraisWhether you are a first-time walker or a seasoned veteran, fundraising can be intimidating. Coming up with creative ways to get donations can add a little fun to the process of raising money! We asked 3-Dayers to name one fundraising idea for every letter of the alphabet from A to Z. Here is what they came up with: ing idea for every letter of the alphabet from A to Z. Here is what they came up with: 

Ask everyone 

Boobie Bingo 

Christmas card list 

Dog walking 

Emails  

Five dollar Friday 

Garage sales 

Holiday themes

Increase your goal 

Jewelry

Keep letter and donation forms with you at all times 

Lots and lots of baking 

Make calls to local restaurants and ask to have a fundraiser night where you get a percentage of total sales 

No negative thinking

OREO Cookie Bunnies — sell these delish treats as part of a bake sale! 

People — contact them all! 

QR codes — create a QR code that goes directly to your fundraising page 

Remind people why you walk

Sell items at a flea market 

Talk about it with everyone you meet! 

Utilize your talents and skills 

Video fundraising message — post it on your social channels, send it in an email or go live! 

Wash cars 

Xerox flyers and hand them out 

Yard work — mow lawns and do chores in exchange for donations 

Zucchini — sell produce you grew at a local farmers market 

Do you have a fundraising idea that has worked well? Share it below in the comments! 

10 Ways to Make the Holidays More Meaningful in 2020

Pink Bubble family, can you believe it is December? As we come to the end of this “special” year, we are so inspired by the continued impact being made by our 3-Day community. Every dollar raised truly makes a difference. With the help of your fundraising efforts, Susan G. Komen invests in cutting-edge research that will lead to new, more effective treatments, works in communities across the country to ensure all people can access the care they need, and mobilizes passionate supporters to make certain the voice of the breast cancer community is heard by policymakers.

How can you make a difference this December? We consulted some of our experts—our walkers and crew—for ideas on how to make the holidays more meaningful in 2020. Here are our top ten.

1. Instead of presents, ask for donations to your 3-Day fundraising. You can even use the 3-Day mobile app to donate checks directly into your account!

2. Set up a Facebook Fundraiser to make year-end giving easy for friends and family who are looking to capitalize on charitable gift tax deductions! Facebook Fundraisers make it incredibly easy!

3. Receive a gift that doesn’t suit your taste? Consider selling it and donating the proceeds.

4. Run a donation-based, socially-distanced gift wrapping service for friends and family.

5. Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Dayparticipant Karen K. gets creative with a Holiday Drive-Thru! A nearby neighborhood draws crowds of cars driving by to see the holiday lights display. Karen sets up a table in a friend’s driveway and sells holiday crafts to the visitors in exchange for donations.

6. Get organized and start out your year with a clean closet! You can sell your items to thredUP or a local consignment shop and donate those funds to your 3-Day account. Or you can use thredUP’s donation program. When you mail in your items, instead of a payout, Komen will receive a $5 donation on your behalf. It’s easy—they mail you a bag, you fill it with clothes, and drop it off at your local USPS or FedEx office. Click here to learn more about thredUP’s donation program. (Note: the $5 donation will not be reflected in your 3-Day fundraising).

7. Use the 3-Day mobile app to send out New Year’s notes letting people know that you’re walking and why!

8. Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day participant Karen K. also recommends asking restaurants to include carry-out and gift card purchases when they host a fundraising night for you! It’s truly a win-win—you receive an increased donation and the restaurant is able to get people in and out quickly and can make more sales in one day. Plus, this helps ensure that people will come back to use those gift cards another time when they are able to eat out again.

9. Don your pink Santa hat and offer to put up holiday lights in exchange for donations!

10. Include a 3-Day insert card in your holiday cards.

This time of year—filled with hope, giving, and celebration—is a great time to squeeze in one more fundraising ask before the calendar switches to the next year. What other holiday fundraising ideas would you recommend to the 3-Day family? Share in the comments on our Facebook page.

3-Day Facts and Infographics for a Committed New Year

The start of a new year is often the time when people re-affirm their commitments or set new goals for the upcoming months. It’s a fresh start and a time to tackle life with enthusiasm. It’s also a great time to kick your training, recruiting and fundraising into high gear! The holidays might be behind us, but the spirit of the giving season remains. People will be so excited to hear about your plans to commit 3 days in 2020!

When you’re reaching out to people for donations, or to ask them to walk with you, it will be totally natural that people have questions about the impact of the 3-Day.

Luckily, Susan G. Komen has created infographics that make it easy to answer these questions, and to learn more about the cause you are working so hard for. You can see the full range of infographics on the 3 Day website, or easily download some of the newest additions to make the most of your information-sharing. Print them to pass out, attach the files to your fundraising emails, or post the images on social media.

These are eye-catching and to-the-point breakdowns to motivate you, and those around you, to continue working and walking towards a cure.

These infographics give an overview of 3-Day fundraising overall, including the fact that we have raised more than $863 million since the 3-Day began in 2003! They also show the local impact that the 3-Day makes in states like Texas, California, Illinois, Massachusetts and many more.

This helps us fully understand the direct effect of our work, both in the states where we walk the 3-Day, and in other states as well! Komen released these easy infographics to show the true, real impact of local research dollars. These are also great informational resources to share with potential donors, or to send to your donors from your 2019 3-Day to show them just how much their support means. Because it means the world to many people!

There is also a “Fast Facts” section right on the Infographics page, where you can find quick and easy links to topics like:

  • Early Detection, Diagnostic and Risk Biomarkers
  • Nutrition and Breast Cancer
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Targeted Therapies
  • BRCA Genes
  • Clinical Trials
  • and more!

These are perfect for donors who have more specific questions, for new team members, or to share on your first training walks of 2020.

If you want more information about Susan G. Komen and the 3-Day, you can ALWAYS reach out to your coach with questions, or check out the 3-Day website to find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, along with more information about the 3-Day experience.

This information is created for you, to make your life easier as you prepare for your 3-Day journey this year! We hope it inspires your steps and gets you moving in the right direction.