Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day
- Throw a Party: Who doesn't enjoy spending time with family and friends? Now you can organize a party in the name of a great cause! You could send an Evite to your family and friends to come over for a fun get-together for adults or a family night with the kids. Include information about TNBCF in the Evite and ask each guest to bring a prewritten check in a sealed envelope. When guests arrive, collect the checks and proceed with your event. This is a great, low pressure way to raise money and enjoy your friends and family all at once.
- Host a mini-fundraiser dinner party: For a different take on a house party, invite guests to dress up as if they are going to a fancy political/charity fundraiser, but instead of asking for $1,000 a plate, you could ask for $10-$100 a plate. For more fun and to spread the work, make it a progressive dinner party where guests move from home to home for each course. You could even make it a pink party and ask your guests to dress up in their favorite pink attire.
In the Community:
- Spring-Cleaning Block Party: Organize a spring-cleaning block party in your neighborhood and donate the sale proceeds to TNBCF. Make up flyers and distribute them all over town. This idea not only raises money and brings you closer to your neighbors, but also helps you get rid of items in your household that you no longer need. You might even convince a local newspaper to write a profile about your charitable neighborhood!
- Bowling for Dollars: Invite your friends and family to go bowling. Ask each person to bring along a check in any amount to be donated to TNBCF. You can bring pens, envelopes and a basket to the bowling alley. By the end of the night you will have a basketful of checks ready to go out to TNBCF.
- At the gym: Ask your local gym to host an exercise class and set up individual or fundraising teams. The class fees and donations go to TNBC Foundation. As an added bonus, invite a nurse or health educator from your local health department or hospital to come to the class to teach breast self exams.
- Faith Communities: Ask your faith community to do a collection in honor of TNBC Foundation. Perhaps your faith community would allow you or someone you know to speak about their experience and to raise awareness in the community.
- In local restaurants: Many chain restaurants allow a profit sharing night where a portion of the proceeds go to a charitable organization. Contact local chains and privately owned restaurants to inquire about doing this on 3/3/13. Fact Sheets/Cards could be given out with menus. Bonus: pass a can around the restaurant for additional "tips" for TNBC Foundation.
- Walkathon: Another classic! You sponsor a walk - or, if you've got a lot of young, athletic members, a run - and people collect pledges from family, friends and coworkers to be paid if they stay the course. You can also solicit donations from local merchants, such as refreshments or other items to sell at the beginning or end of the event. Bonus: Walkathons often work well in conjunction with a raffle, as you sell tickets to win prizes donated by local merchants.
- Kid's Art Auction: Invite children to draw, paint, sculpt and create a gallery of their work. Parents, friends and other invited guests can then bid on each piece. Art could focus on a "pink theme" or "mothers." You could even supplement this event with a pink refreshment sale.
- Penny Drive: Children can decorate cans with TNBC Foundation logos and facts about triple negative breast cancer, and ask their neighbors, friends, schools and clubs to contribute.
- Bake Sale: Help your children organize a bake sale at school or in the neighborhood.
- Pink Lemonade Stand: A classic!
- Email and Facebook Campaigns: Ask friends to "Leave Their Lattes" for a week and donate the $30 to TNBC Foundation. 30 friends do it and you've nearly raised $1000!
- Community sports tournament: Softball, tennis, golf - whatever sport you love! Community wide events like these also generate publicity - so you're raising awareness while raising funds!
- Triple Negative Trivia Night: Guests pay to play. Questions could include classic trivia, as well as important information about TNBC. This idea is easily scalable - small groups could be hosted at home and larger groups could be hosted at a restaurant or a school gymnasium.
- Silent Auction: This could be done with friends and family at home with unwanted items (e.g., White Elephant Auction) or it could be scaled up to a community venue with desirable items donated by local businesses. In a larger setting, other fundraising elements like a Pink Lemonade Stand and a children's art sale could be incorporated as well.
- Triple Negative (Virtual) Tea Party: Unable to host or champion an active event? Fundraisers purchase or ask for donated wrapped tea bags (very inexpensive in bulk). Tea bags are sent out along with a card asking that the recipient enjoy this cup of tea on Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day, and in return send a small donation to the sender to forward to TNBC Foundation. The cards could be printed with facts about TNBC.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day
Awareness Raising Ideas
Thank you for your interest in the inaugural Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day! Are you looking for a way to get involved without hosting a fundraiser? There are many ways to support our community and to raise awareness of triple negative breast cancer without spending a dime!
Raise awareness in the medical community:
- Help us spread the word about the services the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF) offers to patients. The more patient navigators and clinicians who know about our work, the more patients will be told about us at their point of diagnosis - when we can help them the most. Pick the three largest hospitals in your area and give them a call, telling them about TNBCF so that they can tell patients!
Spread the word through social media:
- "Like" us on Facebook! We love to communicate with our community and we will use Facebook more and more to get messages out. Invite all of your friends to like us too! When you read an interesting post - whether it's information about the prevalence of TNBC in America or a promising new study - please "share" it with your friends or repost it.
- Follow us on Twitter and Pinterest! We have been stepping up our efforts to engage with our community using all forms of social media, including Twitter and Pinterest. In the months, weeks and days leading up to the inaugural Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day, we will be using these social media sites to spread the word about triple negative disease. Please re-tweet and repost to help us reach as many people as possible!
- Share photos! If you attend an event aimed at raising awareness of triple negative breast cancer and funds for research, take pictures and share them through social media. If posting to Twitter, use the hashtags #TNBCF, #triplenegativebreastcancerday and/or #TNBCDay. If you would like us to share your photos on our official Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages, just email them to us at info@TNBCFoundation.org.
Engage with our greater TNBC community:
- Post to the Forums on TNBCFoundation.org. Over 5,500 people from around the world use our forums to exchange information and support one another. Offer a message of support today and use your voice to help others!
- Write to your Congress people! Make sure that your representatives in the nation's capital know that investment in cancer research matters to you. Critical research comes out of the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Tell your Congress people that their support of these institutions is vital. To find your representatives (including their email and other contact information), visit http://whoismyrepresentative.com.
- Organize a letter-writing campaign: While even a single letter can make a difference, asking a large number of people to bombard an office with letters, phone calls, e-mails, or a combination of the three can have a huge impact. Write a powerful letter, email or talking points for a phone call using the information in the TNBCF Fact Sheet. Share what you produce with friends and family so they have strong samples to refer to - and ask them to join your campaign with letters/emails/calls of their own.