So, you’ve created your FBLA team for this year’s March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. You’ve invited all your team members, and your advisers, to join. You’ve planned and maybe even already hosted a fun fund-raiser at your school. What’s next to help you reach your fund-raising goal for healthy babies?
Dade Christian School raised over $2500 for the March of Dimes in 2011. Not bad for a school of only 800 students!
Check out these cool March for Babies online, social media, and smartphone tools—all kinds of digital greatness to help you spread awareness about the mission of the March of Dimes and recruit others to support you by joining your team or donating to the cause!
- Facebook: “Like” the March of Dimes on Facebook and get involved in the community.
- Badges: Use our customized online signature tool as an e-mail signature.
- Animated E-card: E-mail supporters a personalized animated electronic card.
- Mobile app: Manage your campaign from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
- Twitter: Tweet about or follow us @marchforbabies.
- LinkedIn: Share your support of March for Babies with your network.
Don’t forget to send your March for Babies stories and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Check out these upcoming exciting webinars, which are being offered as part of the March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program:
Generating Awareness for March for Babies
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EST
Join us to learn more about ways to promote your upcoming March for Babies events. From earned media to social media, we will share a host of strategies and tactics to help you plan, pitch and implement awareness and media activities.
I’m Winning Because of You: African Americans and the March of Dimes
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EST
Led by archivist, David Rose, the webinar will cover the history of African Americans and the March of Dimes from the beginning of the NFIP to the present, with photos largely from the March of Dimes Archives.
Twin River FBLA (Nebraska)
For more than 30 years, FBLA-PBL and the March of Dimes have partnered to raise money and to support the mission of the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes provides grants to reward members and chapters for their support of the partnership and to identify and support innovative ideas and project that enhance the growth, recognition, and support of FBLA and the March of Dimes partnership.
These grants are due by January 15. Click to download the application form.
The March of Dimes is excited to announce a temporary, part-time position recruiting youth fundraising teams for March for Babies in a field office from January to May 2012. They are looking to hire this position in three locations:
This position will grow March for Babies revenue through recruiting and developing youth teams, including schools and youth clubs. By recruiting, developing and managing these youth fundraising teams, the specialist will also increase walker participation at our key signature fundraising event. As a dynamic position, the specialist will be expected to attend on-site meetings with youth teams and develop communications and speaking opportunities to engage students and teachers/advisors in the March of Dimes mission and the March for Babies event. The specialist must be able to attend various school related activities, such as faculty meetings, pep rallies, and PTA events. Ability to provide personal transportation is required.
Job responsibilities include:
- Recruit, develop and manage youth fundraising teams for the March of Dimes signature walk fundraiser, March for Babies.
- Develop and supply targeted communications to youth volunteers during primary fundraisers as well as throughout the year.
- Attend events at schools such as faculty meetings, pep rallies, club meetings and PTA events to promote March for Babies involvement and engage more students, parents and faculty in the fundraising and March for Babies team process.
- Develop plan to keep youth teams involved beyond March for Babies 2011 as March of Dimes volunteers, promoting long term involvement in future fundraising efforts.
- Working with templates and resources provided, update collateral materials for youth teams.
- Collect money during campaign and update schools and teams on funds raised.
- Collaborate with staff team to ensure consistent plans are in place for MFB Day-of activities at every event site.
- Should be able to demonstrate successful fund raising experience including knowledge of sales best practices and current trends.
- Interest and passion in working with youth volunteers and teachers/advisors.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills required – the ability to gracefully handle rejection and bounce back assuring goals are met. Strong interpersonal and presentation skills required; ability to cold call, grow local contacts and build and nurture effective relationships to increase March of Dimes visibility, brand awareness, volunteer staff and revenue.
- Ability to travel via car to assigned geographic region; potentially on nights and weekends.
- Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office with complete knowledge of Publisher and PowerPoint.
The March of Dimes is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Drew Marx, 2011-2012 National Treasurer
As FBLA members, we are presented with endless opportunities to lead, compete, network, and showcase our talents. Another way that FBLA gives us the ability to grow as individuals is by providing members with powerful ways to give back and help the world. From disaster relief to food drives, FBLA members are always contributing to those in need.
For over 30 years, FBLA-PBL has been involved with the March of Dimes and continues to be its largest youth fund-raiser. March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health and is dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. In total, local FBLA chapters have raised over $15 million for the March of Dimes and we are excited to see that number continue to grow.
Across the nation, local FBLA chapters have held many successful fund-raisers for the March of Dimes and we know that more chapters would like to get involved. To start, talk to your chapter, ask for their ideas, and build enthusiasm for the cause. The possibilities are endless and some great ideas include holding a sports tournament with a fee to play, a breakfast for babies, or even a “purple day” to raise awareness for the March of Dimes mission.
Prematurity Awareness Month in November is a prefect time to get involved. Click here for ideas.
With your support, FBLA-PBL can continue to be a great contributor to the March of Dimes and help babies everywhere.
Congratulations to the following schools for being awarded $500 March of Dimes mini-grants to help organize their Prematurity Awareness Month events this November.
Visit marchofdimesyouth.com for ideas on how your chapter can get involved, along with a fund-raising guide to build two weeks of awareness and other activities around World Prematurity Day and Prematurity Awareness Month.
|Sunshine High School
|University of South Carolina
|University of South Florida-Tampa
|University of Miami
||Coral Gables, FL
|Herzing University Madison Campus
|North Augusta High School
||North Augusta, SC
|West Hill High School
|T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School
|Wyoming State Chapter
|Brunswick High School
|Hugoton USD 210
|Twin River High School
|Overhills Middle School
||Spring Lake, NC
|Bloomfield High School
|Bothell High School
|Lakota High School
|Miami Beach Senior High School
||Miami Beach, FL
|Alburnett High School
Just in time for back to school! One day only – on August 27th – shop, save, and give back to the March of Dimes! Buy a savings pass for $5 and save 25% off most regular, sale and clearance purchases at all Macy’s stores or online. As part of their Shop for a Cause program, Macy’s will donate 100% of the $5 cost of the savings pass to the March of Dimes to help give more babies a healthy start in life.
Don’t wait! Buy your $5 savings pass now at marchofdimes.com/shopforacause and save at any store or online on Saturday, August 27th only.
Thanks for supporting our partner and healthy babies!
Check out these fun and easy ways to do even more to reach your March for Babies goal this year!
Sometimes with so much happening, it can be difficult to find the time to log into your March for Babies account to send out e-mails, follow-up with friends, or update your picture or profile. Well, now there is an iPhone app for that!
The March for Babies iPhone application is for registered users. With the application you can see and manage your online and offline donations, see the latest news and information from March for Babies Twitter, see your event details and incentives, update your profile picture or personal story, and more!
You can also send out donation e-mails, follow up with people you’ve already sent e-mails, or send out thank you e-mails to people who donated!
You can get the application for free in the iTunes store.
- Reach out to your Facebook friends with your March for Babies fundraising link, and ask them to share your request with their friends.
- Dedicate your Facebook status to your fundraising campaign and your donors – “Thanks to my 10 friends who gave $10 each to get me to my goal for March for Babies! Donate at marchforbabies.org/ (your user name).”
Speaking of Facebook… have you checked out our active community yet? Everyone is talking about March for Babies. Stop by for tips from other students who are walking – and share your own!
The March of Dimes invites all Youth Volunteers, National Service Partners, and Advisers to attend a training webinar to help provide you with the resources you need for a successful March for Babies campaign.
Thursday, March 24 at 9pm EDT
Register online at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/478096233
Phone: 1‐800‐411‐7650, access code 0820
The training will provide you with further information about March for Babies, best practices from other youth volunteers and teams, and better prepare you and your organization for the walk. We encourage each of you to join in and help brainstorm ideas on making this year the most successful March for Babies yet!
Together, we are marching for a day when no baby is born too small or too sick. We know that your continued support will help us get there. If you have any questions, e-mail email@example.com.
The March of Dimes is accepting applications for the National Youth Council AND the Collegiate Council Ambassador Program.
The National Youth Council is comprised of college students committed to promoting, supporting, and implementing youth leadership development initiatives. National Youth Council members assist national staff, chapters and national service partners with the development and implementation of youth fundraising and mission awareness and education activities.
New members are provided with proper orientation, ongoing training and mentoring. Throughout their experience, NYC members will be offered opportunities for professional development and personal growth. National Youth Council members are the Foundation’s top volunteer leaders of tomorrow and go on to serve in leadership positions with the Foundation post-college.
Nominees to the National Youth Council should be college freshmen, sophomores or juniors by September 2011. A selection committee of youth volunteers and March of Dimes staff will review all applications. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates who meet the above criteria.
In addition, outstanding volunteers can be nominated to serve as a Collegiate Council Ambassador (p. 3). All nominations for the National Youth Council are also eligible for the Collegiate Council Ambassador program. The student will be able to indicate their interest in Collegiate Council Ambassador only or National Youth Council on the Application Form.
Complete the online nomination survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Youth2011NominationForm or e-mail the nomination form on p. 4 & 5 to Lisa M. Lazzari by February 14, 2011.
All nominees will be sent an application. Feel free to contact Lisa M. Lazzari at (914) 997-4296 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.