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Honor Cape

by ashadowdncr on ‎02-07-2012 03:00 PM

This past year I made and wore an Honor Cape for the walk.  People donating for my walk were able to provide names of loved ones currently battling with Diabetes or those who had lost the fight.  I made it VERY inexpensive I thought at $5 a piece.  I found that people were interested in getting something for the money they were giving.  I am not sure if I am doing a cape again this year or something different.  DSC05383.JPG


by TOMJENKINS on ‎09-19-2012 08:08 AM

I work in a professional environment and business dress is our attire. We've been allowed (with special permission) to wear jeans or your favorite sports team jersey for a $5 donation. If our employees choose to wear both, it's $10. It's a simple way to raise some quick money while allowing the employees to "dress down" for a day and when they're asked why they're wearing jeans or a jersey, the answer they give is simple! They're showing there support for Diabetes research and education. This is probably done in other areas, but we ask our employees to "let people know" why they've dressed this way for the day. We usually only do it on Friday because it leads into the "sports weekends". Thanks, Tom

Running a Half Marathon!

by swan184 on ‎05-01-2012 12:33 PM

39 of my Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. sisters and I will run the Rock n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon on July 22, 2012 to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.  Please support our efforts by donating any amount you can; every little bit helps!!




For about 8 years now I've been selling Entertainment and Save Around coupon books to help raise money for the walk.  The Save Around books average a 10.00 profit per book so they can add up quickly to raise lots of money for the cause!

Poker Run

by clatern on ‎03-16-2012 01:28 AM

I have been raising money for the ADA for almost 30 years now, as long as I've been diabetic.  This year I decided to organize two Poker Runs and Festivals where people can come and shop from local business owners, enjoy a 40 to 50 mile bike ride, food, drinks, live music, chinese auction and other fun activities for the family!  Charging a fee to each rider/passenger and non poker run attendees will raise lots of money!  Looking forward to it!

Many bowling alleys or laser tag facilities will have a fundraiser program in place. See if they'll host an event for you. They may even promote it for you with flyers or newsletter announcements.


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by cberry08 on ‎10-02-2012 09:13 AM

I just did it because I knew that I HAD to do something!  Raised $380.00 for ADA (Woo!Woo!) but the best part was I got to tell people about how I've lived with T1 for over 32 years AND I had the honor to share information about our community's upcoming STEP OUT, Windsor Castle Park, Sunday, October 7th, Register 1:30, Walk starts at 3, Windsor Castle Park, Smithfield, VA!!  See you there?

Punch the Pancreas

by Dana2Rudy on ‎10-01-2012 02:25 PM

I came up with this game called Punch the Pancreas. It is $5 a punch and last year being the first year of it, i just cut a hole in some wood and taped hand traced pancreases on tissue paper and had them punch thru the tissue to a satin bag and pull out a ticket. If the ticket read low they got a decent prize if it read High they got a little prize and if it read normal they got a big prize. It went over well and i raise$143doing it. This year i am automating it, so i expect to get more money, we'll see i am doing it this week.

We all have a wide network of "connections" and "friends" on sites like Facebook and Linked in.  Use those connections to your advantage.  I just completed my first ADA walk today and am very proud to report that through email and social networking I raised $2,420 in a month.

First go to your Step out page and give your Stepout site a cool name, copy the URL and Share it EVERYWHERE.  Due to my posts on Facebook and Linked in I received donations from coworkers from 10 years ago, fellow soccer moms, fellow conference attendees, cousins across the country, all my college roommates, my next door neighbor from when I was 12, my mother's best friend 3 states away...the list goes on and on..People who I would NEVER have personally reached out to verbally ask...saw my my story and clicked the link and gave generously.

When we look at all the "devastating" statistics of how many people are impacted by diabetes each year...the numbers are staggering...look at the statistics of how many people you are connected to via a social network and your Email address book.  Do the math!  That's a lot of people who live with or are related to someone who wants to STOP diabetes. By posting your link you are giving them the chance to get involved in making a difference in a loved ones life.

My Advice:

1. Tell your story.  My Story is that I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 27.  Because of the technologies, education and medical assistance organizations like the American Diabetes Association provide, I am able to live a very happy, healthy full life.  My my 40th birthday I set a goal to raise over $1,000.

(I have a lot of people in my life who don't know I'm diabetic.  This story shows them that their dollars will help individuals like me thrive!)

2.  Stay positive!  Focus on all the great things the ADA is doing.  Please don't focus on all the sad dreary numbers...they just depress me. ;(

3.  SAY THANK YOU to every donor.  The Step out online program is great.  Take the time to write a personal email to every donation that comes in.  I have a basic template that I use as a base but I go in and modify it for everyone to make it personal to them.  We all work hard for our money.  Make them feel good about donating to your walk.

4.  Get excited!  I posted every few days in face book on my progress, constantly reminding all my connections how great they made me feel.  It's infectious!  Others want to show you their love too.  I only sent 2 emails at work...we are a professional services organization.  Once a month ago letting people know about the walk and my goal, and a second time 2 days before the walk, thanking everyone for being a wonderful supportive work place.

The best part...none of this costs any money.  It never hurts to ask, you may be amazed at the response.  Keep it positive, keep it personal and say Thank you to everyone!  $2,420... I am blessed, honored and energized to be connected to so many kind and generous souls.  Peace and love - Dani


by maggp21 on ‎09-28-2012 11:59 PM

to all my fellow crusaders:

  Being a mom of a 16-year old son with Type 1, I want to thank you for all of your efforts!!!!  You know how much this means!    this is the 2nd year I have been participating in fundraising for the cause.  this is also the 2nd year that I have managed to raise over $10,000 on my own and $14,000 as a team.  I have no secrets:   ALL i did was send emails.  I have over 2700 contacts in my address book.  I exported them all to my Step Out Site.  Both years I started my efforts toward the end of July, and I am proud to say in that in that little bit of time, I was able to raise much-needed funds. 

  Get contacts, and send emails  that's all I did.  Good Luck!  THANK YOU


by Joan1973 on ‎09-24-2012 01:52 PM

This past weekend me and some of my walkers had a carwash right off of the main highway & made decent money.  I also purchased about 50 diabetes support bracelets and had my children sell them at school and we made a 50% profit.  These are just some small ideas for the small groups out there.  Team "Sugar Babies"

1st Time Fundraiser

by golfer3210 on ‎06-01-2012 09:53 AM

The Lions Club of District 2-S1 from Sabine Pass Texas to Carthage, Texas and Rusk, Texas to Louisiana Border, is hosting a Stride Walk for Diabetes Awareness on Nov. 10,2012 at Lamar University Track. We are a small group and need information to make this work. This is the first year and want to make it annually.


Can anyone give us some ideas?




by clatern on ‎03-16-2012 01:32 AM

You're local Friendly's  restaurants have fundraiser nights.  You meet with the manager, select a night they offer the fundraiser, they let you put your flyer on their bulliten board and the night you select, between usually the hours of 5 and 8 you get a percentage of sales.  No guest flyer needed for you to get the credit.  I've averaged 80 to 100 dollars on nights I've scheduled these.


motivate the team

by gap513 on ‎02-07-2012 07:43 PM

This year i am going to motivate my team to try to improve their individual fundraising by giving the highest donation amount a 'first place' gift...probably a windbreaker.

I will try to put together a murder mystery dinner if I can get the interest.

Team Yard Sale!

by Association Staff Member on ‎01-31-2012 04:36 PM

The Spring is a great time to do a little cleaning up around the house and declutter for a cure! Each team member contributes items for the yard sale, held at the team member's house with the most potential foot traffic. All profits are split between the team members towards our Step Out goal! Our homes are more organized and we helped to Stop Diabetes - what a great combo!


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Remembering A Friend

by Sausage1 on ‎10-02-2013 03:40 PM

On the day of the walk 10/19/13 on the boston common, i will be wearing a button with a picture of my friend who passed away in September his name is Larry Travers, Larry had diabetes and a number of other medical problems.  Larry wherever you are? every step i take will be for you.


David Rutkowski 

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by yardism on ‎09-20-2012 12:55 AM

Start gathering items NOW for either this year or next year. Try to get a variety of items through donations. I have gotten autographed items, hand made quilts, paintings, photo prints, restaurant gift cards and coupons, items from local and national businesses...  Nothing is too big or small to consider...


Then, do an auction. There are lots of different types  of auctions...  silents, online, ebay, penny auctions, raffles...  get creative in the best way to draw in the most people.


Here is a website(free) that I put together that I have used to generate funds.



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Video Game Tournament

by MichealShea on ‎08-29-2012 04:35 PM

My group is hosting a video game tournament in the Northpark Mall in Joplin Missouri on Sept 15. This has never been done before in our area and is getting a lot of attention.

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$100 Donation Idea

by Ben2121 on ‎03-15-2012 12:38 PM



I am a life insurance advisor in the Phoenix area and had the opportunity to help out a client that was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After our intial meeting I was shocked to hear how many people suffereing from diabetes are either un-aware that coverage options exist, or perhaps believe that life insurance protection will automatically cost far too much to be feasible. With this case we were able to place him with one of our carriers that didn't rate him much differently than any other healthy applicant and now he has the protection that him and his family need.


So you're probably asking, what does this have to do with fundraising? Well it got me thinking....


Would setting up a plan with the ADA, where a good percentage of the proceeds from a life insurance purchase went back to the ADA make sense? Example: For every life insurance case placed through this effort, a $100 donation would be made to the ADA.


 It seems like a win-win for everybody. The client would get the protection they need for their families, the ADA would get a nice donation for each plan placed, and of course we would be writing business. I am not putting any contact details in this post because I want to be clear that I'm not looking to spam this board in an effort to secure business. Just an idea that I had while driving yesterday. Let me know what you think. Thanks....




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