The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council is hosting it’s annual Run Walk Ride Fundraising Conference this week. I’d like to highlight three cool moments from this year’s conference: The Cash, Sweat and Tears Award and the release of the 2012 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Event Benchmark Report and release of the famous list of Top 30 Run Walk Ride Fundraising events in the US.

Cash, Sweat and Tears Winner Julie Weiss

Cash, Sweat and Tears Winner Julie Weiss

Last night Marathon Goddess Julie Wiess was recognized with the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council’s Cash, Sweat and Tears Award for her dedication in raising hope, money, and awareness for those who have been affected by pancreatic cancer. Julie was inspired by the life of her father and her passion for running to participate in a marathon a week for the last year in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This weekend she’ll be completing the final marathon her year-long journey of running 52 marathons in 52 weeks.  (BTW – This amazing woman accepted her award in 4 inch platform heels!)  So far, Julie has raised more than $143,000. Read more about her story and contribute to her fundraising at www.marathongoddess.com.

This week Blackbaud released the 2012 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Event benchmark report to the public.  I wrote about the key finding of this report last week.  This report documents the key performance metrics and statistics that events can use to compare your fundraising event against comparable events in the market place.  We have divided this report into 2 sections to report out on organizationally organized events like running, walking and cycling events and externally organized third party events like marathon & community campaigns.

The final highlight from the Conference is the release of the Top 30 Fundraising Events. A picture is worth a 1,000 words, so here’s a snippet from the infographic that my friends as Event 360 have pulled together. Check out the full version on the E360 website.

2012 RWR MilestonesCongratulations to organizations and events recognized on this year’s list.

  1. American Cancer Society – Relay for Life
  2. Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
  3. March of Dimes – March for Babies
  4. American Heart Association – Heart Walk
  5. National MS Society – Bike MS
  6. JDRF – Walk to Cure Diabetes
  7. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Team in Training
  8. American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  9. American Heart Association – Jump Rope for Heart
  10. Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure
  11. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Light the Night Walk
  12. Alzheimer’s Association – Walk to End Alzheimers
  13. National MS Society – Walk MS
  14. Avon Foundation for Women – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
  15. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Great Strides, Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis
  16. Pan-Mass Challenge – Pan-Mass Challenge
  17. Autism Speaks – Walk Now For Autism Speaks
  18. American Diabetes Association – Tour de Cure
  19. American Diabetes Association – Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes
  20. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America – Bowl for Kids’ Sake
  21. The ALS Association – Walk to Defeat ALS
  22. Pelotonia- Pelotonia
  23. Church World Service – CROP Hunger Walk
  24. AIDS LifeCycle – AIDS LifeCycle
  25. National Down Syndrome Society – Buddy Walk
  26. Best Buddies International – Best Buddies Challenge
  27. Rodman Ride for Kids – Rodman Ride for Kids
  28. Arthritis Foundation – Arthritis Walk
  29. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – Take Steps for Crohns & Colitis
  30. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – Team Challenge

Congrats to David Hessekiel and team for another amazing conference!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Get nonprofit articles, best practice advice, fundraising ideas and invaluable industry reports and webinars delivered for free!