Baltimore, Take Steps to Find a Cure!
Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis is CCFA's largest fundraising event, having brought together over 240,000 people and raised nearly $60M to help further the Foundation's mission.
Our Take Steps walks offer a wonderful day for family, friends and the community to celebrate all of the efforts that have been put forth in raising funds towards our mission. Our walk events are filled with live music, food, kid's entertainment, educational materials and, of course, wonderful exposure for our corporate partners. In 2014, more than 70,000 people joined us nationwide, helping us raise $11M!
The Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis walk is the nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Many patients have only ever met a handful of other patients sufffering from IBD - this is a unique opportunity to meet hundreds of IBD patients, families and supporters from your own backyard. There is no fee to register and no team is too big or small!
As an organization, 82 cents of every dollar raised goes towards our mission. As a program, 93 cents of every dollar raised through our Take Steps walks goes towards funding breakthrough research, public and professional education and patient support services in communities across the nation.
Register today and join the thousands of others in the fight against digestive diseases.
Click the picture for a map of the site!
Did you hear the news? The 2014 Baltimore walk was in the top 10!
Thank You to our 2015 Platinum Presenting Sponsor
IN 2 WEEKS WE WALK IN BALTIMORE!!!!
Register today! Join thousands of others in the fight against digestive disease!
Wanna Show Your Take Steps Pride with this Window Decal?
It's easy!!! Make a self-donation today of $25 (or more) and as a thank you for taking the first step to showing your commitment to the cause, we will send you a Take Steps Window Decal - or as we like to call it - Decal Don! Many patients suffer in silence but it's up to us to make their voices heard. Help us change that fact! Register today for the 2015 Baltimore Take Steps Walk and make a self-donation of $25 (or more!) and you will receive a window decal to place in your car or other publicly visible place.
Encourage all your teammates to join you in showing of their own decal by each making a minimum self-donation of $25!
Help us raise awareness!!
Take a photo with your #DecalDon (think Flat Stanley) and share on social media. Don't forget to tag us with #decaldon. Let's show the world your team's commitment to the fight against digestive diseases. Together we will find a cure!!
Spring National Fundraisers
During the months of April – June, The Great Cookie will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the Take Steps Campaign. Order and ship cookies to friends, family members, as birthday gifts or as a thank you to your top donors! Visit this website to order- http://www.thegreatcookie.com/collections/crohns-colitis-foundation-of-america.
Take Steps spreads awareness about IBD throughout our community while raising crucial funds to fuel the mission critical research, education and support services of CCFA. As we continue to strive to surpass our local fundraising goal of $240,000, many of you have been hard leading our efforts through your team and individual fundraising!
Congratulations to our current Top Fundraising Teams:
- Pat's Crohn's Crew - led by team captain Brandon Holthaus
- Team Brady - led by team captain Doug Link
- Always Recycling - led by team captain Alex Obaza
- Team Wells Fargo Advisors - led by team captain Beth Palulis
- McCormick & Co. - led by team captain Tom Warzinski
New This Year: MVP (Most Valuable Participants) Top Fundraising Program!
The MVP Program was created to recognize top teams and individuals going above and beyond to provide hope, inspire action and find cures through fundraising efforts and outreach. Our MVP's will be specially recognized at the walk and will qualify for various fundraising incentives. Encourage all your team mates to join the MVP Program!
You can be an Awareness Builder by raising $100
You can be a Hope Giver by raising $1,000
You can be a Cures Believer when your team raises $5,000
Hit these fundraising goals and you will qualify for walk day incentives!
Awareness Builder - Raise $100 and receive a commemorative walk day Take Steps T-shirt.
Hope Giver - Raise $1,000 and claim your walk day sign on Recognition row to show the world why you walk.
Cures Believer - When your Team raises $5,000, relax under your private tent on walk day!
Fundraising Tip: Have You Been Matched?
Matching-gifts are an easy way to significantly increase the impact of your contributions. Many companies around the country donate funds to match gifts made by their employees to non-profit organizations. A dollar-for-dollar match is common, and some companies will even contribute up to two or three dollars for each dollar an employee gives. Some even match gifts made by retirees and spouses!
So what are you waiting for? Ask your company today if it offers a matching-gift program, and request a matching-gift form. Send us the completed and signed form via mail, email or fax and we will do the rest.
Here are a few proven tips to help you have a rewarding and successful walk experience with your team!
Step 1: Set a realistic and meaningful goal for your team
There is no cost to register and no fundraising minimum. It is up to you to set a personally meaningful and significant goal for you and your team. Communicate that goal to your team members and work together to achieve it dividing the goal among each other.
Step 2: Write Personal Fundraising Letters & Emails
Compose a passionate and individualized letter about why you are walking and how people can support your fundraising efforts.
Step 3: Recruit Participants
Ask your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers to join your team and help you to spread awareness and reach your team’s fundraising goal through their contacts.
Step 4: Raise Money
The national fundraising average per person is $250 encourage your each of your of your team members to beat the national average. Approach the businesses you frequent, or even better, ask your own company! Lead by example, by making the first donation your own!
Step 5: Create Excitement
Design a team t-shirt or a unique team name, post flyers in your neighborhood, and share information on social media!
Step 6: Celebrate Your Team’s Success
Attend the Walk. Take a team photo. Eat, drink and celebrate raising funds to find cures for Crohn's and colitis!
Have you collected donations that need to be applied to your fundraising page?
MAIL OFFLINE DONATIONS (In check form) TO:
Maryland/Southern Delaware Chapter
ATTN: Misty Keens
1201 S. Sharp St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
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