Besides the dancing and the inspiration and the changing lives… the best part of Dance Marathon is…
ALL. THE. FOOD.
We would like to give a big thank you to our amazing sponsors who will be providing us with delicious meals to keep us going for 24 hours! Get ready for meals from:
Last Resort Grille
And Smoothie King!
When else are you going to eat this well in a day!?
See you Saturday at 10am in Tate Grand Hall! Get ready for the best weekend of the year!
Saturday at 10am: Rollin’ up to Tate with your game faces on. Ready to make $1.4 million #FTK.
Don’t forget to check in with your color group!
You after the opening ceremony when your morning coffee is kicking in and you’re too hype about the next 24 hours.
“I can definitely stay up for 24 hours."
When the Morale Song plays and you’re channeling your ballet lessons from 10 years ago.
Food break!! Get ready for some awesome meals to fuel up for more dancing.
12 hours later...
And the best part of the night… RAVE HOUR!
We rave #FTK.
When our hearts are full of love and our bodies are full of Red Bull.
Feelin’ like Beyoncé when you finally learn the whole Morale Dance.
And when you want to go home, the faces of those Miracle Kids will keep you going.
You’ll feel ready to change the world after hearing from some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet.
Sunday at 10am when our total is revealed!
US WHEN WE RAISE $1.4 MILLION FOR THE KIDS.
And when you go home and finally get to sleep.
Saturday, February 18th at 10am. See you there!
We are in the homestretch! There are only 11 days left until Dance Marathon. The remaining days will be crucial for fundraising, whether you are trying to reach or exceed your goal.
Fundraising isn’t something that should intimate you, but rather it is something that everyone and anyone can do. At it’s core, fundraising is about putting the power of choice into people’s hands and making them truly want to donate to your cause.
Remember to ask anyone and everyone for a donation; the worst thing that can happen is that they say “no”. Don’t be afraid to ask someone twice. Sometimes people who want to donate are simply busy when you ask them, so always try again. We have had members receive over $100 donations after asking someone for a donation 5 times!
During these final days, we suggest sending personal letters or emails to friends and family asking to support UGA Miracle. We have created a three-step platform to guide you in creating these request letters. We are confident that when used persistently, this platform will help you feel more confident while asking for donations.
People want to feel good about what they are doing in life, and everyone wants to be inspired. When you are reaching out to your family/friend/mentor/boss/coworker, begin your message with a personal and direct greeting like “Dear Uncle Bob.” Include in the first paragraph their direct impact on your life, and talk about how your life would be different if they weren’t involved. This will engages the reader and makes them feel confident that they have been a good mentor or friend to you. Express your love and appreciation for them and they will be encouraged to continue their positive effect on your life by donating.
Here is an example: Dear Mrs. White (high school teacher). I wanted to send this email to first personally thank you for everything that you did for me while I was in your AP Spanish class. Your constant dedication to our class and willingness to stay before and after school to help us really meant a lot to me, not only were you a teacher but you were a life coach. You showed us how to live lovingly.
After telling the potential donor what his or her impact has been on your life, transition into talking about CHOA, UGA Miracle, and the direct impact that this organization has also had on your life. Inspire the reader with a brief, personal story. Explain CHOA’s mission to give sick children their childhood back, and how Miracle helps fund the hospital so that these children can continue to be treated with love and a high quality of care.
Then, empower them! Talk about how they can continue their impact on this world, the city, and the lives of children by making a donation. Discuss your fundraising goal here, where the money goes, and include a CHOA video that empowers them to donate. Emphasize their donation as a “gift” that can change a life, and they will feel like a superhero wanting to make a change.
3. Call to Action
Now that they have been inspired and empowered…. It’s time to call to action. Here is where you really stress the importance of their donation. We suggest saying something like, “I would not reach out to you personally, if this wasn’t something that I desperately needed your help with.” Acknowledge the difficult economic times and ensure the reader that any and all gifts are extremely appreciated regardless of the size. You could also mention that their donation comes full circle in the sense that it is tax-deductible.
Post the link to your fundraising page in this section with a powerful message asking them to give. Reiterate their specific role that they have played in your life and how thankful you are for their impact. Promise that you will never forget their contribution, and that when you are one day in your shoes will pay it forward and bless someone who asks you to help their cause.
Optimize Your Canning Session
With Dance Marathon quickly approaching, the next 27 days are crucial for a final fundraising push. Now more than ever we are encouraging everyone to do all that they can to ensure that we reach our goal of raising $1.4 million For The Kids. Over the next few weeks we are challenging you to make an individual fundraising push to reach your personal goals.
One of our favorite fundraising strategies is canning! It is simple, fun and a more personal way to raise awareness and funds for our amazing cause. While it is an easy and productive way to raise money, approaching people to ask for donations can be intimidating. Our goal with this post is to provide you with an approach, tip and follow-up response guide to help ease nerves and optimize your canning session.
But first… what is the main goal of canning?
Of course, a huge part of going canning is to raise money towards your personal goals, and in turn for UGA Miracle/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Unfortunately, though, not everyone you approach will donate money, so another important part of canning is simply to raise awareness of our organization.
Our biggest goal with canning is to present a positive face for our organization and leave people walking away with a favorable impression of Miracle. It is important to remember this goal and your representation of Miracle throughout every interaction during your canning experience. By being positive, kind, and having fun even in the face of rejection, we can ensure that UGA Miracle will continue to be widely known as the incredible organization it truly is.
Here's how to make it happen:
Where to Stand:
In the one square mile area of downtown Athens, there are various prime canning locations. Ideally, you want to set up in a high traffic area, and the best place to do that is on a street corner. Some intersections that see high foot traffic include:
People canning often shout at pedestrians to see if they would like to donate. This method is okay, but only yields results part of the time. Instead, try this method:
By this point, you have already gotten their attention and they are ready to hear you speak. A specific, quick pitch is generally the key to success. Here is an example:
"Would you like to donate to UGA Miracle to help us raise money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta? Our organization is all donation based, and all of our money goes to sick children who really need our help."
With this general pitch, you provide people with all of the information they need to make a decision. In a few seconds you've told them about our organization, where the money goes and why it is important. It is also important to include some elements to appeal to their emotions.
If you see that a person or a group is willing to listen to you for longer, you can use the extra time to tell them about Miracle, the hospital, or your own personal experience with either.
Luckily for us, our "product" (Miracle and CHOA) is well-known and universally well-received. Saying you're volunteering for Miracle and Children's often will do the job itself. Use this to your advantage!
The Follow-Up Response:
By now you've gotten their attention, made your pitch, and now you're waiting for a response. In general, you are going to get one of these responses:
General Advice and Tips:
With these simple steps and a little practice, you will be well on your way towards reaching your personal goal and helping the kids. People go out in Athens almost every night of the week, especially Thursday-Saturday, so you have plenty of chances to be successful with your canning. To make your experience the best it can be, here are a few parting tips:
Good luck canning! We hope that this post helps guide your experience, but remember to put your own flair on things, and most importantly to have fun! We are in the homestretch to Dance Marathon and it is up to you to help us $1.4 MILLION dollars FTK!