Wonder Woman Day

Fund raiser for Domestic Violence Shelters in Portland OR and Flemington, NJ Domestic Violence shelters.


In the Pink – Payless

Payless Shoes is selling bracelets and pink ribbon slippers. Donations go to Komen for the Cure. 100 percent of the net profits for each bracelet sold $2, $1.30 from the sale of each pair of pink ribbon slippers

Suggested retail price is $2 per bracelet and $10 per pink ribbon slippers plus tax. Program runs from September 25, 2008, through February 28, 2009

$100,000 minimum guaranteed donation

In the Pink – Lucy

Lucy is a company that I am not familiar with but they sell women’s clothing. They have Think Pink Graphic tees that give 10 percent to Breast Cancer Network of Strength.

The big deal is on Saturday October 4th when 10 percent of all lucy sales up to $25,000 will go to Network of Strength as well.

In the Pink

So  it is the third day of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. If you’re reading this you’re probably very aware and you might be getting sick of all the pink already. You may have heard of Think Before You Pink. Think before you pink was designed by Breast Cancer Action to help people not spend just because a company says they are giving money to breast cancer.

Now there is nothing wrong with buying an item if you were going to do it already. The problem is spending money on something you don’t need because it is supporting breast cancer.  If you just want to donate to breast cancer research or awareness or services there are lots of options, many of which are listed in my resource list.

That being said, if you are going to buy something look at how the label is marked. If it says a “portion of sales goes to support breast cancer” you have no idea how much that really is or where it is going.  Look for items that give a percentage or even better a dollar amount.  For example, Pink Ribbon Wines clearly states that 10 percent (amount) goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (the organization).

Here are a few examples:

Cole’s Quality Foods (you know, the frozen garlic bread) gives 5 cents per loaf sold between October 1st and October 31st to Breast Cancer Network of Strength with a minimum donation of $25,000.

Pier 1 is selling a candle, a beaded jewelry box and an embroidered shawl and they give 25 percent of the purchase price, excluding tax to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, year round.  They also give $1 for every gift card sold to Komen year round.

I’ll post more of these throughout the month and if I find any AWFUL ones I’ll try to put them up as well.  If you find some please feel free to share in the comments and help me keep up.

7 ways to raise more money

US Weekly is not something I read regularly anymore. I read lots of it when I was in treatment, both during chemo and radiation. They are reporting that Friday’s Stand Up to Cancer raised “over $100 million dollars”.

I know that’s a lot of money but I’m actually a little disappointed.  On stage we saw $25 million donation by philanthropist Sidney Kimmel make a pledge of $25 million. This country has a population of around 300 million people.  You don’t have to be a mathematician (thank God) to see that donations per person were pretty darn low.

Not pitting one disease against another, but Jerry Lewis raised $65 million dollars this year for MDA.  Now of course he has been doing this for years and therein lies my point. Here’s my list of ways to increase the numbers.

  1. Make plans now for another telethon the same time next year.
  2. Get the networks to really buy in.  Disney-ABC Television Group for example has multiple channels in the Disney platform, SOAPNET, Lifetime, A&E and ESPN.  Show the telethon on all of the stations covered by the group.
  3. Expand the program.  This was a good first effort but one hour is not enough time.
  4. Add more performers and performances.
  5. Bring on more and more and more survivors. Particularly survivors who have something unusual about their illness.  A man with breast cancer or a 20 year old with breast cancer gets more attention than your usual woman.
  6. Increase the publicity and the intensity.  Increase your online presence and move it up.
  7. Make it easier to find t-shirts, stickers and more.  I had loads of people coming to my blog to find them so I just put a link to the Cafe Press site. This is a small blog and I had 72 click throughs in just a couple of hours. Even if only a few of those people bought a shirt there is increased revenue.

I am glad that this was done, it is a start.  But if the costs of research are anything near the costs of treatment much more is needed.

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Komen and Munchkin Fundraiser

Email a Duck, Raise a Buck!

First, dress up your computer-generated duck – make it sassy, chic, funky or frilly using the dozens of accessories available. Then email your new creation to a bunch of friends. For each person that opens your email, Munchkin will donate $0.05 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help in the fight against breast cancer*.

You can return to www.munchkin.com/projectpink as often as you like to check your duck’s “flight” on a map of the world and see how much money your duck has raised. Decorate, distribute, donate and you’ll be just ducky!! Please note: Some ducks are not displayed within map in order to improve your browser’s download time.

Project Pink Duck

Katherine B.
Duck ID: 4727
Times Forwarded: 3
Amount Raised by Duck: $ 0.15
Total Campaign Forwards: 8303
Campaign Total: $ 415.15
*Through October 31, 2008, for each email that is sent with a decorated electronic duck and is opened by the recipient, Munchkin will donate $0.05 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure up to a maximum total of $10,000. Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. For more information, please contact Susan G. Komen for the Cure at 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244 or visit www.komen.org.

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