Tell us about your cause.
Setebaid® is diabetes spelled backwards. The name was selected when a camper reported that diabetes camp turned his diabetes around. Setebaid Services® operates multiple diabetes camps throughout the country to help children with diabetes learn how to manage their diabetes. The purpose of the camps are to show the children that they may live a normal life, but need to manage their diabetes. We teach that by managing their diabetes, they will eliminate diabetes-related complications later in life. Setebaid Services subsidizes every camper’s fee. In addition, many campers need additional scholarship support to attend camp. Our fundraisers are used to help the children living with type 1 diabetes.
What kind of special event fundraising do you do to support your mission?
We do an annual walk and several small fundraisers throughout the year like craft sales, car washes, or bake sales. Other fundraisers include basket bingo and raffle ticket sales.
Walk us through the planning process.
We have a fundraising chair and Committee as part of our Board. The Committee plans the events for the year. For the walk, the date is set a year in advance. We then print up brochures and plan with the site to plan the activities for the day. We then setup the DoJiggy website with all the pertinent information.
Next, we begin to look for sponsors. We ask for sponsors at the beginning of the year and then carry them onto our Dojiggy walk site. Our sponsors receive multiple perks for sponsorship, including a banner on the walk website, and a banner hung at the entrance to camp. They are also listed on our camp t-shirts.
We mail everyone in our database the walk brochures, and include a page for registering online or via mail (for those who cannot use a computer). For those who register via mail, we send them a walk packet. For those who say they’d like the online walk registration, we refer them to the link on our website for the walk. Then they can set up their own pages.
We recruit all families during camp registration. If they don’t want to do the online walk, we give them a packet on registration day and ask them to return it when they come back to pick up their camper.
Finally, on walk day, we have everything from DoJiggy downloaded for calculations, we add to that the money that is turned in the day of the event (note: if we have internet connectivity at the walk site, we enter it into Dojiggy for a final total report). We award prizes for the top fundraiser and top fundraising team. We also provide all walkers with a walk T-Shirt.
One special note: we do not award prizes to all walkers. The feeling of our Fundraising Committee was that we wanted to teach our kids the importance of community service. The Committee felt that giving prizes diluted the community service because the kids are “earning their prizes”. They want the kids to feel like they’re “doing community service to help others like them get to camp.”
Did you reach out to local sponsors?
We did seek sponsorships from both local sponsors and national sponsors. Our sponsors this year included one national sponsor and two local sponsors.
Did you do any advertising to get participants?
We do heavy advertising to our mailing list and at our camps. We actually recruit families during the camp registration process.
How did DoJiggy help with the planning and success of your event?
The year prior to using DoJiggy, many of our walk fundraisers requested an online solution to help them fundraise from a greater area than their local market. Many of our fundraisers now contact family members that live outside of the country, but make contributions via the website.
Tell us about your success…How many participants? how much did you raise? Did you accomplish your goals?
We saw some errors in our planning last year and made changes for our walk this year. We had about 50 participants, but would like to see that number grow. We raised $12,000 and would like to see that grow this year as well.
Do you have any advice for other organizations?
Begin the planning process very early, like at least six months before you plan to have the event. Be sure to have the website set up and running prior to advertising the event; and be sure to have all advertising started at least three months before the event.Return to Customer Stories
- Based on an interview with
Mark Moyer, Executive Director of Setebaid Services, Inc.