Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in hundreds of walks across the country to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development.
Great Strides continues to gain momentum, as do research efforts and the progress made in the search for a cure. The CF Foundation has raised and invested hundreds of millions of dollars to support the development of new CF drugs and therapies. But the lives of people with this disease are still cut far too short. There is a need for the public’s continued support to fulfill the mission of finding a cure and improving the quality of life of those with the disease.
A Cure for Christmas
Chili’s has teamed up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fight for a cure this Christmas.
Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects 30,000 children and adults in the United States. It is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. The body produces thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. It can also obstruct the pancreas and stop natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation works to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis. They want to improve the quality of life for those living with cystic fibrosis – and now Chili’s does too.
Grab your friends or family and stop by your local Chili’s this holiday season for great food that supports a great cause. Busy shopping? Get it to go – it still counts! This fundraiser lasts until January 15, 2014 at any Sioux Falls, Minnesota and Iowa Chili’s Locations.
Click here to get your voucher and support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!
It’s Toys for Tots Season!
We’re all familiar with Toys for Tots, but not many people know the history behind this wonderful program. Every holiday season, the Toys for Tots program collects unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
Toys for Tots was started by a Marine just before Christmas in 1947. In 1947, the United States Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots and expanded it nationwide. Today, local Marine Corps Reserve Units still oversees the collection and distribution of the toys. If a community does not have a Reserve Unit, other veteran Marines can be authorized to organize a drive.
The goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate children in America through a new toy at Christmas. They want these children to experience the joy of Christmas too, and hope that they will become more responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens as a result.
The Twin Cities hosts one of the country’s most successful Toys for Tots drives each year, and we want to keep that going. Be sure to check out the drop off locations nearest you!
A special thank goes out to the U.S. Marine Corps and Toys for Tots for all that you do. Happy Holidays!
Wishes & More Presents Breakfast With Santa
Wishes & More is hosting the holiday breakfast of the season, twice! Join them as they celebrate the holidays and raise money for children and teens that are fighting life-threatening or terminal conditions.
This family-friendly event includes a breakfast buffet, balloon animals, face painting and crafts. There will also be photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
The event will be held on December 7 and 14 at Shorewood Bar & Gill and begins at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3-15. All proceeds go to Wishes & More to help them create extraordinary experiences for children with fatal diseases.
For registration information visit http://www.wishesandmore.org/
A Wish Story
At just one year old, Owen (Pictured above) was diagnosed with MDS with Monosomy 7, an extremely rare cancer of the blood. Treatment included intense chemotherapy, radiation, a bone marrow transplant and a host of medications with devastating side effects. He endured severe pain, a dangerous adenovirus, infections and liver damage, but never without a smile. Now in remission, Owen is thriving. He and his family went on a well deserved vacation to the Sesame St. Beaches thanks to Wishes & More. Owen couldn’t wait to meet Elmo, build sand castles and see dolphins.
Thank you to Wishes & More for all that you do this season and every day!
The Great Harriet Mo’Down! with Movember Minneapolis Gala Parté
Where: Harriet Brewing, Minneapolis, MN
When: Saturday, November 30 – 1pm-1am (Gala Parté doors begin at 7:00 pm)
Who: Open to the public, free from 1p-7pm, 21+ beginning at 7pm with cover
Why: Moustaches are awesome and they should be celebrated in grand Harriet Brewing fashion to support Movember
Throughout the day, come by for concerts from Mill City Hot Club & Joel Shapira. Bring in your cash donations to add to the Movember Foundation general fund.
The funds raised in support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the The Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.
The Line recently featured Maggie’s Light by Nelli Designs in an article about dog-related businesses in the VERY dog friendly Twin Cities. We love the story of this local company!
Kathy Kuhl’s, Nelli Designs, an online candle business, offers a line of candles for pet owners who want to honor their canine companions. The Maggie’s Light candles, like all of Nelli Designs’ candles are individually hand-poured with eco-soy wax and cotton wicks for clean burning. Each candle can be personalized with special engravings and charms or dog tags!
Kathy gives a portion of profits to rescue organizations, including Homeward Bound of Minnesota and Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation.
Celebrate The Great Minnesota Give Together
GiveMN and The Greater Twin Cities United Way will be hosting The Give Together Get Together in celebration of the annual Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 14.
This young professional networking event will include free food, cocktails and entertainment. Check out the Giving Bar and participate in Giving Games to win a giving card from GiveMN to donate to your favorite nonprofit or school.
The Give Together Get Together will be held at the CoCo Uptown, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Attendees are required to donate a minimum on $10 online to their favorite nonprofit or school upon arrival to the CoCo Uptown.
To register for the event visit http://thegivetogethergettogether.eventbrite.com/
6 Days Until Give to the Max Day
More tips to make your Give to the Max Day a success:
1. Acquire new donors
Donors are what make Give to the Max Day successful. You want to have as many as possible. So what can you do to acquire new donors? Communicate with the public!
First, you will want to utilize your volunteers and your board. Have these passionate and dedicated people in your organization reach out to their friends and family to ask for donations.
You also want to be sure you’re making the most of your social media sites. It is the easiest way to reach your supporters and ask them to donate. These people care about your organization and are likely willing to help your organization.
Another way to get new donors is to create a live giving station on November 14. Set up a computer in a busy area with promotional material from your organization. Attract the pedestrians around you, educate them about your organization and influence them to donate. It’s a great way to network!
2. Tweet, tweet, tweet!
Throughout Give to the Max Day, make sure you are utilizing Twitter as much as possible. It is the perfect place to post updates and engage with potential donors throughout the day. Share your goals and fun facts about the organization to motivate your followers to donate throughout the day. Use Twitter to recognize those who donate thorought the day. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #GTMD13!
3. Invest in ads on Facebook and Twitter
Facebook and Twitter ads allow your organization to target specific locations and demographics. This allows you to reach more people with your cause. The more buzz about your organization for Give to the Max Day, the better! You want all the help you can get, and these ads are easy ways to broaden your audience.
4. Make a video
Create videos to educate people on Give to the Max Day and your organization. Creating a video about or organization and why Give to the Max Day is important to you is a great way to share your story and inform others how they can help. Include a donation link with your video so that inspired viewers can give to your cause!
5. Emphasize scheduled donations
It’s not always easy for your donors to remember to give in the middle of the workweek. They may plan on giving, but between the phone calls, meetings and presentations they forget to make a donation.
Luckily, GiveMN allows donors to schedule their Give to the Max Day gifts in advance so they won’t forget. Make sure your donors are aware of this easy giving method so you can maximize your gifts on Give to the Max Day!
6. Utilize social media
Social media is a key player in Give to the Max Day. 40 percent of people “like” their favorite nonprofits on Facebook and 33% of people use Facebook and Twitter to find out about giving opportunities. Social media is a great communication tool that allows you to speak to anyone who is active on social media in real time. It makes sharing links and promoting giving easy – you never know, your family, friends and colleagues may just become new donors!
7. Time it Out
Ask your core group of volunteers/givers to sign up for different hours of the day.Consider a ‘pledge’ to give. Drive in advance so you know you’re well covered.If you have a Board or staff doing their own outreach to your lists, make it fun with names for each hour and consider a friendly competition.
Will Pajama Party beat The Sunnyside Ups (for 7 am) ? How about Dawn Seekers versus the LunchBunch? Of course, when supporters are engaged, we all win.
Give to the Max Day Countdown
10 days to go!
Tip of the Day:
Engage your donors
GiveMN makes it easy for you to engage your donors online! Engaging with your donors helps influence them to give and allows you to show your appreciation. Follow these four guidelines to help your organization reach maximum engagement:
- Always create a custom URL for your websites – and GiveMN page! This allows you to track the effectiveness of your social media efforts
- Be sure to mention GiveMN and other organizations on Facebook to help gain visibility
- Give to the Max Day has two official hashtags for Twitter: #GTMD13 and #Igave2dmax. Use them to engage and influence your donors to let you know when they donate
- GiveMN offers a livestream Give-a-Thon and video PSAs to use on your web and social media sites
Give to the Max with PR for Good! Enter to Win a $25 Giving Card!
Henry Schafer Partners and PR for Good are giving you two opportunities to win a $25 GiveMN Giving Card to make a donation to your favorite nonprofit on Give to the Max Day, November 14.
- Like PR for Good on Facebook , share our contest post and tell us the name of your favorite nonprofit.
- Follow @henryschaferpr on Twitter and Retweet this tweet:
Winners will be chosen on November 12, just two days before Give to the Max Day!