Discovering Leadership Through Philanthropy

Grace Murphy | Power Trip Power Team

In 2016, over $6.46 million was raised across the United States for Four Diamonds to Conquer Childhood Cancer. Cancer kills more children in the U.S. than any other disease, and Four Diamonds is on a mission to change this.

During Leigh Anna Hilbert’s session titled “Leadership Through Philanthropy,” at the 2017 Ultimate DECA power Trip, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about an event called a Mini-THON. Hilbert mentioned that a Mini-THON is acceptable for any type of fundraising event, but .91 cents out of every one dollar donated to Four Diamonds actually goes towards helping the kids.

This statistic is a huge success considering any non-profit organization still needs to pay towards administration costs.

For any student looking to start there are three easy steps to follow to ensure success:

Step One:

  • Build a leadership committee
  • Set a goal
  • Meet your liaison

The leadership committee should be separated into four different sections which include a fundraising, entertainment, communication and finance group.

Step Two:

  • Unite the audience and participants
  • Conquer the goal set

This means to excite make sure the participants fulfill any promise made to attend and donate their time, money, or etc. Hilbert did state that “awareness creates action.”

Step Three:

  • Host the Mini-THON!
  • Apply delegation
  • Use any resource available for promotion

Hosting a Mini-THON, whether it be for Four Diamonds or another organization, every student will have the chance to participate in a multi hour interactive event, raise money for something they are passionate about, and have a goal to work towards.

Miram Beard once said, “The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation.”

Can you manage a Mini-THON to help a cause you’re passionate about?

This article was written by Power Trip Power Team member, Grace Murphy. You can follow Grace on Twitter @gracemurphy22.

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