Philanthropy Friday: Making Miracles for Kids During the #MiracleMarathon

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

This post was made possible through the support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All opinions are my own.

miraclemarathonswagA few weeks ago, I shared with you that I am a lead blogger for the upcoming #MiracleMarathon. The Miracle Marathon is a 27-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants run/walk (or achieve forward motion of any kind!) one mile per day at their leisure.

As you can see from the above picture, I received my package in the mail from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I’m all set to support the EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Bangor, Maine through my team, Maine Miracles.

As a reminder of how the #MiracleMarathon works, the first 26 days of the “marathon” are completed at your own pace—wherever and whenever you want. As my contact, Kelly Pearson, at EMHS noted, hula-hooping down the hall counts! On Day 27 (October 12th), the final 1.2 miles will be started as a “group” at 2:27 pm EST. Those last 1.2 miles is for the kids, of course.

Day 1 is on Tuesday, September 16th. If you join, you will also get a fun kit that includes a pedometer to keep track of your distance and a handy magnet you can check off the days as you complete them. Participants are also encouraged to $272, or $10 per mile via your own fundraising page. (I started mine off with a $50 donation, but could use some support! Hint, hint.)

So why should you support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? Besides the fact that the #MiracleMarathon is way more fun and convenient than running an actual marathon (holy training!), the funds that are raised during these 27 days will go a long way.

After talking with Kelly at EMHS in Bangor, I learned that while the network of hospitals is national, at 170 hospitals strong, the money stays in local communities. Many of us may recognize the hot air balloon logo – I’ve put my name on one at Rite Aid after a quick donation at the register – but not many realize that the money helps fund a good amount of equipment and other items necessary for the hospitals.

These aren’t wishes or direct to patient dollars. Funds help pay for new therapies a rehab specialist needs to care for a child or items needed to care for the tiniest newborns to 19-year-old patients. Money raised also helps continuing education for nurses, doctors and child life specialists, a critical piece that helps keep quality care for kids close to home so families aren’t forced to travel to larger hospitals further away.

Here’s a great image (click to enlarge) with some more info on why donations to the Miracle Marathon (and to EMHS in Bangor, in particular) really is for the kids.

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Kelly told me more about that little boy Noah. His parents instilled in him a level of gratitude for all those that helped him in his journey when he was sick. He understands that anyone can get the virus he had and his experience makes him want to give back. He held his own carnival that raised $2,000 last year. He’s launching a new fundraiser in October called “nickels for Noah” where he will be competing against his 9-year old cousin to raise funds. How cool is that?

Who’s with me? I would love for you to join my team, Maine Miracles, or you can support another Children’s Miracle Network Hospital closer to you via the Miracle Marathon website. Use my special code MiracleJennifer to get a 10% discount off registration.

It’s a fun way to stay active this fall and raise some funds and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Philanthropy Friday: Join Me in the #MiracleMarathon

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

This post was made possible through the support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All opinions are my own.

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I’m thrilled to share that I am serving as a lead blogger for this fall’s Miracle Marathon, specifically in support of EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Bangor, Maine.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, so you know you are helping kids in your own backyard. I love this about the Miracle Network.

The Miracle Marathon is a 27-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants run/walk (or achieve forward motion of any kind!) one mile per day at their leisure. The first 26 days are completed at your own pace—wherever and whenever you want. On Day 27, the final 1.2 miles will be started as a group at 2:27 pm EST.

Get it? It’s a marathon, plus a mile, for the kids! And it’s perfect for those of us who like the idea of completing a marathon but would rather not complete all those grueling miles at once. (Who’s with me?)

Please join me and register to support EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. You can join my team, Maine Miracles, if you’d like, or you can support another Children’s Miracle Network Hospital closer to you. Don’t forget to tell your friends too!

And if you register as a Miracle Maker (you’ll receive fun swag!), you can use my special code MiracleJennifer to get a 10% discount off registration.

Of course, you can also donate to my Maine Miracles team as well. As part of my Giving Pledge I have started with a donation of $50.

Will you join me in supporting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals?

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Philanthropy Friday: Track Your Giving Footprint

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

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everydayhero is a global fundraising platform that allows you to see the impact of your giving. Just launched in the United States, the original concept for everydayhero was co-founded in 2004 by Simon Lockyer and Nathan Betteridge in Australia. Back then, they started a consumer brand that gave a percentage of its sales to charity. Both had done a lot of work in the nonprofit sector and wanted to incorporate giving into the brand that sat in big stores.

That consumer brand never took off, but they noticed the Internet was really taking off. They left the stores and went online to create everydayhero in 2007. Simon tells me their goal was to make giving more accessible and easier. They saw that nonprofits were poorly funded and that peer to peer fundraising was prevalent.

A lot of consumer research was done prior to launching everydayhero. They wanted to go beyond the dollar sign and truly understand what giving means to people. They found that we are motivated when we can see our impact. Showing people a quantitative view of their giving makes people want to give even more.

Knowing these facts, Simon and his crew set out to measure more than just a dollar amount. They also measure our time, voice, energy and effort. everydayhero has partnerships with MapMyFitness, VolunteerMatch, Facebook and Twitter, allowing users to quantify their own giving footprint.

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I set up my own account in everydayhero and was able to create a volunteering goal and log the hours I’ve already put in this year at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. You can also create your own fundraising pages, which are easily shared and tracked via social media. And you can see the collective impact you are making with other community members around the world. I’m told $206 million has been raised using everydayhero from 3.8 million donations since 2007.

everydayhero was acquired by fundraising giant Blackbaud in 2011, so it is also backed by an established nonprofit technology partner. Watch this video to find out more about how everydayhero works.

Will you track your giving footprint?

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