April Fundraising Calendar

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It’s a new week and a new month and we are very excited to see the start of April! Spring is hitting its stride, which means a lot of outdoor fun is coming in terms of training walks, fundraising events and more. The Susan. G Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure and the Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure are also taking place this month, and plenty of other exciting events for you to gather your 3-Day family around.

Plus, there are all kinds of holidays and events happening in April, so let’s get going!

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April is National Poetry Month and Humor Month, among others, so there are plenty of fun ways to use those holidays to your advantage:

  • Give your next round of fundraising letters a twist, and write them as a poem! It will make your potential donors smile, and help you stick in their minds as the 3-Day comes closer.
  • Gather your team together to go to a comedy show! Make it a reward for hitting training goals, and use laughter to bond together as a team.
  • You could also go to a poetry reading or a beat poetry slam for a more out-of-the-box bonding experience.
  • Also, keep an eye on our Facebook page for jokes, memories and maybe even a poem or two from our coaches.

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There are a whole heap of training walks, New Walker Meet-Ups, Get Started Meetings, Video Conferences and more happening in April. What can we say, we’re happy it’s spring and wanted to get moving and learning with you all! Some of those events are highlighted in the calendar above, but you can find the complete list on our website here. We will also be calling out more local events on our Facebook page, so keep an eye out.

For any Texas walkers, April 22nd also marks our Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure. It’s the perfect event to gather your team for an extra special training morning that still supports breast cancer research. If you’re in the area, there is even a team of 3-Day participants who will all be racing together!

Then on April 23rd, there will be the Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure in Lansing, MI, which also has participants from the 3-Day! You can donate, or join the team and get some easy training steps in.

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Other key days this month include:

  • April 1: April Fool’s Day: Did you fall for our joke this year? Check out the blog for more fun graphics sure to make you smile!
  • April 7: Walk to Work Day: If you have co-workers on your team, this is the perfect time to get them together for a training walk to or from the office. It’s also a great opportunity to recruit more of your work friends, or even friends who work nearby, to walk with you.
  • April 16: Easter Sunday: Looking for a fun and festive fundraising event? Host an Easter Egg Hunt at your house! Ask neighborhood families, as well as your friends, to make a donation to be a part of the hunt, and make all the eggs pink in 3-Day spirit!
  • April 17: Income Tax Due Date: This is hardly a holiday that most people get excited about. However, it’s also the perfect time to thank donors from last year who haven’t donated to your 2017 3-Day yet. Remind them to file their donation from last year on their taxes, and let them know you’ll be walking again!
  • April 20: Volunteer Recognition Day: The 3-Day would be nothing without our amazing volunteers, and other supporters who take time out of their days to make your 60 miles truly special. If you know a 3-Day volunteer, send them a thank you note! If you don’t, it’s still a great time to remind people of the value of service and giving back to the community…maybe by walking or crewing a 2017 3-Day! Also, keep an eye on our social media channels as we will be celebrating volunteers all week long, from Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 29 by sharing stories and inspiration from our very own 3-Day volunteers.
  • April 22: Earth Day: Throughout the next few months, we will be showcasing all the beautiful sights and spots along all our 3-Day walks. We know we’re very lucky to be hosted by just some of the beautiful cities in America! In honor of all the beauty of nature, in our 3-Day cities and beyond, hold a training walk and extend it to non-3-Day walkers too! Everyone will love the chance to get moving outside, and you might even recruit some new team members or donors in the process.

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What are your fundraising and training goals for April? How will you work to achieve them?

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New Not-to-Miss 3-Day Infographics

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We are now less than six months away from the first 3-Day of 2017, so it’s time to kick your training, recruiting and fundraising into high gear! When you’re reaching out to people for donations, or to ask them to walk with you, it’s natural that people might have questions about the impact of the 3-Day.

Luckily, Susan G. Komen has created new 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 below.

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

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Fact Sheet

You can also get artistic at your next team meeting or night off from training with our 3-Day coloring page. It’s also a fun way to get your family involved in your cause. Host a coloring night and talk to your at-home team about why you’re walking!

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If you want more information about Susan G. Komen and the 3-Day, reach out to your local coaches 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.

Hosting an Introductory Team Meeting

So you’ve formed a 3-Day team. You’ve recruited your team members. Congrats! Now that you have people who are interested in walking with you, you need to get everyone in the same place so your team can meet, brainstorm, plan, and have fun!

It’s time to host your introductory team meeting. But how?

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Photo via Eric Rothermel

Pick a date. And have a back-up date.

With today’s crazy schedules and conflicting calendars, it can be tough to find a time that works for every one of your team members. Do your best to find a good date, but don’t make yourself crazy. If there are a few people who can’t make it, set up a back-up time so they can still be introduced to the 3-Day. Even if it’s one-on-one over coffee, or with a smaller group, it’s important to make sure everyone feels welcome.

Use your experts.

If you or someone else on your team has walked before, tap them for knowledge. Meet with them beforehand to pull sample donor letters, talk about packing lists, and brainstorm fundraising ideas. That way, when you meet with the larger group, you’ll already have some talking points set.

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Photo via Claudia Viloria

Create a comfortable space.

When the big day comes, hold the meeting in your kitchen, family room, or other welcoming space. You want first time walkers or team members who might not know everyone to feel like they are entering a safe space where they can speak their minds. Also, everyone loves food, so have a variety of snacks, desserts and drinks ready for the choosing. Make sure everything can be eaten without utensils, and is ideally bite-sized, so people can chat and dine at the same time.

Have a plan.

Before your meeting starts, decide what you want to accomplish. Do you just want to give people the chance to meet and share why they walk? Would you like to plan your first team fundraising event? Should people come with a draft of their donor letter? Make sure your guests know the goal in advance so they can do any needed preparation.

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Photo via Glenn Carstons Peters

Prepare your answers.

There are some questions you know people are going to ask, especially if they’re first time walkers. Luckily, we have already answered many of them for you! Take a look at our FAQ to have talking points ready, share information about  meetings and events in your area so your team can bond with others, and print out these infographics about the 3-Day for team members to keep handy. Check out all of the available resources at The3Day.org/Teams.

The more you have set up in advance, the easier it will be for the meeting to flow naturally and accomplish a lot.

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Get “active” with activities!

Get your team moving and thinking by incorporating fun activities that promote fundraising. Hang a tablecloth to make an at-home photo booth and take selfies with print outs of these fundraising progress graphics for them to post on social media. You can also host a “How to Write Fundraising Letters” workshop with samples, or color the 3-Day coloring page (above).

Have a take away.

Even though this is a “meeting,” that doesn’t mean it has to feel formal. Give each team member a fun take away, along with any pertinent information, so they can leave with something to remind them of their first team gathering. You can use the craft and treat ideas on our Creative Fundraising Pinterest page to make gifts for your team, then make extras to use for your own fundraising. These can also get others’ creative juices flowing for their own future fundraising endeavors.

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Photo via Leonardo Wong

Don’t forget, if you have more questions, you can always reach out to your local coaches for more information and ideas!

What are your tips for hosting a team meeting? Comment below and share with us!

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