4b4the4th is an e-mail and social media campaign that helps raise awareness and much needed funding for the Spina Bifida community. By reaching out to friends, family, and colleagues who are linked through electronic means of communication such as Facebook and Twitter, each of us can do our part to increase knowledge and available support for those affected by the birth defect.

SBA launches its 4b4the4th campaign every March, which is four months before the 4th of July (hence the name of the campaign). Team Captains make and solicit donations of $14, $40, $400 or more and ask 4, 14, 40 or more of their friends to do the same…all before the 4th of July.

Team Captains compete against each other to win a variety of prizes, including SBA merchandise and gift cards. The Team Captain who raises the most amount of money will receive a complimentary 3-night hotel stay and registration for two at SBA’s 2016 National Conference and a $250 gift card to the retailer of their choice.

Want to Get Involved?

Sign up to be a Team Captain here. We will send you a fundraising toolkit packed with information to make your campaign a success.

Want to make a donation, but don’t want to be a Team Captain? Make a general donation or support another participant here.

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, you can also get involved by helping to forward information about 4b4the4th to your social media contacts. 4b4the4th is not only a fundraising campaign – it’s about raising awareness about Spina Bifida and its prevalence and how every woman of childbearing age is at risk of having a child born with the condition.

What will your donation do?

Here are some examples:

  • Recruit 4 people to donate $40 each and SBA can provide Folic Acid prevention education to 40 women of childbearing age
  • Recruit 40 people to donate $14 each and SBA can provide 400 people affected by Spina Bifida with vital information and referrals through its National Resource Center.
  • Recruit 400 people to donate $4 each and SBA can send several children to Kids!Camp, the only national camp for children with Spina Bifida and their siblings.
  • Recruit 40 people to donate $400 each and SBA can fund two new educational sessions on SB University, an online learning platform for those living with Spina Bifida and the medical professionals who serve them.

Not on a Social Networking Site?

Have no fear - you can still participate in the 4b4the4th campaign. Simply send an email to your friends, family, and other contacts asking them to support your efforts. You can also hold a fundraising event if you so choose.

Need more info?

Contact Elizabeth Merck, Director of Development, at emerck@sbaa.org or (202) 618-4754 with questions.

Ready to sign up? Click here.