Fundraising Friday: 3-Day Winter Fundraising Crafts

Happy first day of winter! Though it may have felt like that snowy season for a while, now winter is officially here. It is the perfect time to cozy up and stay home, spending time with your family or taking a relaxing night for yourself. While you’re staying in, get a kick start on your 3-Day fundraising for 2019 with some fun winter crafting! These ideas can be used to thank your donors, celebrate your accomplishment from 2018, and get more donors lined up for the next year.

Make 3-Day-themed holiday cards

If you haven’t sent out your holiday cards yet, don’t worry! There’s still time to print them at home or at your local pharmacy and get them out before the end of the year. But, instead of doing the usual family photo or posed picture, mix it up with a 3-Day photo! It is a huge accomplishment that you can use to highlight your year, and let people know that you’re committing to 60 miles again next year. This is the perfect way to round out your 3-Day year with a celebration you can share with everyone. Whether you make your own cards or go with store-bought, print a 3-Day holiday card insert at The3Day.org/Holiday so you can include a fundraising request along with your holiday greetings.

Pink Winter Window Decor

This is a perfect craft to get the whole family involved in! Create your own 3-Day themed window décor that will cast a festive hue on your holiday season. Follow these simple steps to make your own version of a stained-glass craft.

Start by peeling a sheet of clear contact paper for each person and place the paper sticky-side up on the table. Cut a black frame to the size you want each creation to be and lay it on the contact paper so that it sticks. Then, cut away excess contact paper so that it’s just the frame.

Once the setup is complete, start by placing a paper snowflake, star or other holiday symbol on the frame. You can even do a breast cancer pink ribbon!

Cut out one-inch strips of tissue paper in your favorite shades of pink, white, silver and gold. Then, place the tissue paper on the contact paper one at a time to fill the inside of the frame. It’s okay to cover up the snowflake and the frame edge! The work side is actually the back of the project. Fill it in with all the colors you love then peel a second piece of contact paper and place this sticky-side down on top of the tissue paper pieces. This seals all those little papers firmly in place, so they can’t escape. Flip it over to admire your work!

You can include these with your holiday fundraising letters and/or send them out with your donor thank you letters. Hang one in your window too, so people can see that you’re committed to the 3-Day.

Host a gingerbread house night…

…but with all pink décor! Swap out the normal red and green décor and find as much pink frosting, sprinkles and fun add-ons that you can. Keep any white or more neutral colored decorations that come with the standard gingerbread house kit to round out your options.

Then, invite everyone over! Ask that people pitch in to pay for their gingerbread house kit and let them know that anything extra they want to add in will go towards your 3-Day fundraising. Or, if you’re really in the giving spirit, you can cover the cost of the gingerbread yourself, and have all the proceeds go straight to your 3-Day fundraising.

You can also make it a holiday movie night instead! Ask people for donations to attend and play a winter classic. Just make sure to include a crafts table where your guests can make holiday cards, gift tags and more!

Sparkly pine cone ornaments

These can be left up all winter long! They might start as an ornament for your Christmas tree, but you can also hang them from doorknobs or in your window to add a bit of winter sparkle to your day.

All you need are some pine cones from your yard or local craft store, craft glue like Mod Podge, a paint brush, ribbon and pink glitter! Much of these items are probably already in your house, so this is a great, low cost idea.

Use the paint brush to paint the craft glue onto the pine cone, except at the bottom. Then, place your pine cone on a plate or in a bowl and sprinkle varying shades of pink glitter all over the ornament. Shake the excess glitter off and let it dry. Then, tie a bow on and add your personalized fundraising note. Keep the note short and sweet so you can attach it to the ribbon. This is also a great thank you gift for donors.

What are your favorite crafts for those winter nights? Do you have special holiday crafts that you love? Share them with us in the comments!

Holiday Fundraising Ideas

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The holiday season is in full swing and the year is almost over to boot! Let’s use these last few days of the year to get into a festive fundraising spirit. Giving, both to charity as well as to family and friends, is on everyone’s mind. So, it’s the perfect time to encourage your potential donors to help a good cause, and support family and friends like you! How can you give your fundraising efforts the holiday treatment this year? We have some easy ideas!

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A simple trick is just to check out the 3-Day website! We have special holiday card inserts that can help you to ask for donations in lieu of gifts this year. They’re easy to download, for both walkers and crew, making it a snap to mail them out, or leave them by the fireside for Santa to see.

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You can also include these inserts in your holiday cards! It you’re going to be mailing out a family photo, season’s greeting or year-end wrap-up to far off family, add the insert in to your card! Or, make your cards personalized with details of what you raised this year, and your goals for the coming year. Letting this year’s donors know how much their contribution meant will help motivate them to donate again.

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If you want to spread the 3-Day spirit through song, go caroling for a cause! Put a twist on traditional canning, and recruit your team to sing door to door for donations. This gives a wonderful personal touch, is a fun team activity, and will surely put a smile on peoples’ faces.

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If you’re in a warmer climate, or just love the chilly winter temperatures, host a holiday training walk! Have donors sponsor different miles or milestones along the walk, then hit the trails! This is also a great activity for a team, and you can dress in your holiday best to really stand out while you step into the holiday season.

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One of the biggest holiday traditions for most families is to partake in lots of feasts and treats this time of year. So, while you’re making your usual holiday cookies, cakes and other sweets, put a 3-Day spin on them! Add touches of pink frosting or sprinkles, and include donation information alongside your treat. Who could say “no” to desserts for a good cause?

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To really end the year on a high note, remind your potential donors of your goals on the last day of the year. December 31st is historically one of the biggest days of the year for online giving to charities, and it also boasts the highest average donation amount! That makes it the perfect time to ask donors to make one final contribution for the year. It will help you end this amazing year on a high note, and set you up for an even better 2018!

Ways to Stay Motivated Even in the Cold

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With all the storms that have been hitting the West Coast, and the still chilly temperatures for much of the rest of the country, it’s not exactly the time of year when you want to spend your days outdoors. However, there is never a bad time to start training for this year’s 3-Days, even in the wintertime. Finding the motivation to do it? That’s the tricky part. We have some simple tips to get you started on your training plan and walking goals for 2017.

Start small and be reasonable: If this is your first year of training for the 3-Day, you’ve been taking a work out hiatus since you walked in 2016, or just hit a little bump over the holidays, that’s okay! The key in starting a new training plan, or upping the ante on the one you’ve currently got going, is to always be honest with yourself about what you can handle. Trying to go from 0 to 100 will only stress you out and set you up to feel discouraged. Start by training a few times a week, then work your way up to more and longer training sessions.

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Give yourself reminders: Write on your bathroom mirror. Put a post-it on the fridge door. Set your phone or computer background. Even set a daily alarm! Whatever it takes to keep your goals top of mind, just keep those reminders coming. They can be in the form of a motivational quote, your goal for the week, or the promise of a reward (new work out gear?). We have fun, inspirational graphics on our blog if you need help with ideas.

Get jammin’: One thing that gets a lot of people going when it’s time to get their fitness on is music! Whether you use Pandora, Spotify, or your trusty iTunes library, having a go-to work out playlist will help you keep walking with purpose and oomph. The 3-Day has its own Spotify account with playlists from past 3-Days and more to keep you moving all winter long.

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Team up!: It’s proven that working out with a buddy helps you hit the gym harder and more often. Whether you have a lot of friends also training for the 3-Day, or pick a buddy with similar fitness goals, finding a friend makes a huge difference! They help you stay accountable to not miss a training day, and keep you going when you’re out on the trail. 3-Day participants can easily find a training buddy at The3Day.org/Friend. Chat as you walk and the miles will fly by!

Eliminate excuses: We can all think of plenty of reasons not to do our work out. That’s the easy part. The tough part is eliminating those excuses! Hopefully reading this post has helped motivate you, but another simple tactic is to sit down and write out all of the excuses you’ve given yourself in the past. Then, think of your own ways and motivations to overcome those obstacles and write those down. Keep your list handy for days when you’re thinking about talking yourself out of going for a walk.

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Don’t forget your food: Getting moving is always a good idea, but you have to stay hydrated and eat right to make sure you’re getting the most out of your training. Try to drink a gallon of water a day, (it’s harder than it sounds) and focus on lean proteins, lots of greens and healthy sugars in food like fruit. Use our smoothie recipes to get you started!

Try something new: A new year and new training season is the perfect time to test out something fresh! If you’ve always wanted to try boxing or barre or cycling or yoga, give it a go! Any movement is good for your body and mind, and you might find your next favorite fitness class.

What are ways that help you stay motivated this time of year?

REMINDER: The health, safety and training information contained in this blog post, or otherwise provided to you in connection with your participation in the 3-Day, is not intended to replace or be construed as medical advice and any such information is not a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from your medical provider. Before starting any exercise program or following any recommendations, advice or other instructions regarding training for the 3-Day or any athletic event, you should first consult a physician and have a physical examination.