Baltimore, Take Steps to Find a Cure!
Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is CCFA’s largest fundraising event having touched 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, kids’ 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.
82 cents of every dollar raised goes towards breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation.
Register today. Join thousands of others in the fight against digestive diseases.
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 suffering 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!
Walk day is an incredible experience for all to celebrate the efforts that have been put forth in raising funds toward our mission. It is a day filled with live music, food, kids’ activities, educational materials, and of course wonderful exposure for our corporate partners.
Join us for the first Take Steps social event of the year, our
Take Steps Kick-off Party!!
Bring your whole team out to meet other teams and supporters and, FOR THE FIRST TIME, EVER, get your team name on the 2015 walk procession banner! ONLY TEAMS THAT COME OUT TO THE KICK-OFF WILL BE INCLUDED in this exclusive banner that will be carried throughout the walk course. Your team name in lights!! We'll have food and info for your team, a moon bounce for the little ones, soccer scrimmages for ALL ages and a chance to connect with other teams and families who are all walking toward a cure!
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:
- University of Maryland IBD Program - Led by Team Captains Dr. Raymond Cross and Dr. Leyla Ghazi
- Team Kelly - Led by Team Captain Katie Kelly
- Team Brower - Led by Team Captain Sandi Brower
- Charm City CCFA Young Professionals - Led by Team Captains Danielle Koceski and Lindsay Koschoreck
- Crohnsbusters - Led by Team Captain Candy Gilley
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
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 TO:
Maryland/Southern Delaware Chapter
ATTN: Misty Keens
1201 S. Sharp St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
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