What is Miracle Network Dance Marathon?
Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a program at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It is a student-led, year-round philanthropic movement, uniting students at over 400 colleges, universities and high schools across the United States and Canada. As a fundraising program, each campus’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon organization works throughout the year to raise funds and awareness to change kids’ health and change the future for their Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
What is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals?
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals that support the health of 10 million kids each year across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment, child life services that put kids’ and families’ minds at ease during difficult hospital stays, and financial assistance for families who could not otherwise afford these health services.
Why do children’s hospitals need support?
According to the U.S. Census, 4.3 million children under the age of 19 did not have health insurance coverage in 2018 and another 37 million rely on Medicaid, which contributes to a large portion of uncompensated care. In 2019, CMN Hospitals raised more than $444 million, including nearly $81 million benefiting charitable care to support patients in need. About 1 in 20 hospitals is a children’s hospital. As such, CMN Hospitals serve larger geographies than adult hospitals and are faced with an increased burden.
Do I have to dance?
Not if you don’t want to! Miracle Network Dance Marathon is focused on fundraising for local children’s hospitals while allowing students to develop their skills in peer management, delegation, collaboration, and philanthropy....and making friends along the way! Dancing or being a good dancer is not a requirement – but can be part of the fun of Dance Marathon events!
Is Miracle Network Dance Marathon inclusive?
Miracle Network Dance Marathon strives to create an inclusive and accessible environment for all participants. While the program was founded with the notion of dancing, the premise of the program has evolved to ensure participants of all interests and abilities can join in to support their local children’s hospital.
What is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals doing to advance diversity, equity & inclusion?
At Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we’re changing the future of pediatric healthcare for communities across North America. We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are foundational to how we achieve our goal of helping Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise more funds in their local communities. That’s why we’ve hired a senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion. Through this role and strategic objectives, we will continue to evolve as an organization and work to become a more inclusive community of diverse employees, partners and donors who reflect the communities we serve. We know that our ability to become more diverse, inclusive and equitable will create an environment of respect and shared responsibility; in turn, changing the future for all of our communities.
This looks awesome! How can I get involved with Dance Marathon?
Great, we're glad you want to get more involved! To sign up for Miracle Network Dance Marathon, just click the 'sign up' button at the top right of this page to create/join a team and set up your online fundraising page.
How do I join a team?
You can select a team to join while registering for an event. If you forgot to select a team at registration, you can go to the team's page you'd like to join and click Join Team.
What platform do I use to fundraise and connect with my team?
CMN Hospitals partners with DonorDrive, an industry leader in peer-to-peer fundraising platforms to ensure Miracle Network Dance Marathon participants are able to successfully and securely fundraise for their local children’s hospital.
How do I change my personal fundraising page?
Navigate to your profile. From here you can see all of the events you are a part of or have been a part of. Here you can click Edit Your Page. Customizing your profile helps your donors know who you are, why you are participating in Miracle Network Dance Marathon, and makes you more likely to receive a gift to your fundraising page. You can also connect your social channels and update your fundraising goal here.
How can I have the biggest fundraising impact on my local hospital?
We are here to support you with fundraising best practices – a few simple actions can help you raise more than 9x what the average participant raises. Learn about Facebook Fundraisers, milestones & incentives, and the Dance Marathon fundraising app on our blog here and head to the resources page to learn more!
How do I make sure people are donating directly to my page and not the overall event?
The easiest way is to share your Personal Fundraising Page Link. You can also share the URL that is produced after clicking the Donate button on your Personal Fundraising Page.
How can I thank those that have made donations to my fundraising page?
Go to your Dashboard for your account. On the right-hand side under Your Fundraising there is an option to View Donations Received. Here you can select a donation by clicking on it and it will pop up a new window with the option to send a thank you to this person.
How do I add an offline donation?
Contact your local Miracle Network Dance Marathon to make sure you follow their policy on accepting cash and check donations. If you do not know who to contact, reach out to the contact listed on the event landing page for instructions on who to write checks to and where to send them, as well as how to turn in cash donations. We do not recommend sending cash in the mail.
I received an offline donation. What should I do?
Contact your local Miracle Network Dance Marathon to make sure you follow their policy on accepting cash and check donations. If you’re not sure, check donations can always be mailed to 205 W 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Make sure all checks are made out to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Add a note that states the Event Name and Participant Name. This way the donations are attributed to the correct event and participants. Always convert cash donations into check form (cashier's checks are preferred) before mailing them!
I can't log into my DonorDrive account.
Please contact [email protected] with your name, email, school name.
Do you accept matching donations?
You can power-up your donation by asking your employer about your company's matching gift program. A lot of organizations sponsor programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees. You may be surprised to find out your company has a matching gift program, too! The HR department is a great place to start. If they ask, you can download our TAX ID, 501(c)(3) status, or W-9 form here.
What do I do if I'm having issues donating?
Please contact [email protected]ncemarathon.org with the method you're using to donate, the amount, and a link to the page you're trying to donate to.
How do I know if I check if I qualify for a fundraising incentive?
You can check which incentives you qualify for here.
Where is my incentive for fundraising a certain amount?
If you reached the appropriate fundraising milestone within the timeframe for the incentive, you should have received an email with instructions on how to redeem. If you didn't, check your spam folder. If you have a ".edu" email address registered to your DonorDrive account, the email was more than likely blocked by the institution's server. Please contact [email protected] with your name, the email used for your DonorDrive account, and the incentive you are inquiring about.
I'm eligible for a fundraising incentive, but I still haven't received any information on how to redeem.
You can check which incentives you qualify for here. If you are eligible and haven't received an email, please email [email protected] with your name, email, school name. If you're not emailing from the address registered on your DonorDrive account, please provide that, too.
I want to do more for my local hospital – who can I contact?
First off – high five for wanting to do even more for local kids! If you’re a campus advisor or student leader, we encourage you to connect with your Cause Partnership Manager. Otherwise, you can find your local CMN Hospital here and contact the Program Director listed on the hospital’s page. In Canada? Find your local Children’s Miracle Network Foundation here.
Get The Word Out