Each year, employees from more than 5,000 international, national, and local companies participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Forming a corporate team is a great way to harness support for T1D research while encouraging teambuilding, developing leadership skills, promoting a culture of health and wellness, and offering employees a fun way to spend time together outside the workplace. Corporate Walk teams also raise the visibility of their organizations in the community.
Depending on the size of your company or organization, you will need at least one person to register as a team captain. Team captains are responsible for recruiting walkers, encouraging team members, and keeping fundraising efforts on track. Since there is no limit to how many people you can have on a team, it’s a good idea to have one captain per every 10 members to keep things organized and efficient.
Team captains receive additional training and support from JDRF to recruit and motivate their teams. You will also have a team fundraising webpage to track progress and share news with your teammates. If you choose, you can also create a company page to promote the reason why your company is involved in the Walk.
People raise more money as members of a team than they do on their own. By joining a corporate or organizational team, walkers increase their ability to raise money to help JDRF create a world without T1D.
Check out these resources for more information on forming a corporate team and getting started with fundraising:
For more information on how your company can join the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, contact your local chapter at 888-533-9255 (WALK).
Don't forget matching gifts!
If your company offers a charitable matching gifts program, make sure each Walk team member requests the amount to match his or her personal donation. Walkers should also ask their donors to request any matching funds that their own employers might offer.