Decent Humans is what we call the incredible community we witness on CrowdRise each and every day doing amazing things for good. And each month, we’re going to highlight a Decent Human in the nonprofit world that’s devoting their time and passion to giving back and making a difference. We hope that by sharing their stories of aid, altruism, and passion, others will be inspired to make an even greater impact on the world we live in.
This month we had the chance to talk to Dani McArthur, board member over fundraising at BvB Dallas. We learned how she’s known to lock her snack drawer, how five minutes is all she needs in the morning, and how she is determined to make memories for those who no longer can.
In the summer of 2014, Dani decided to get involved with BvB Dallas after her mom’s close friend lost her battle with Alzheimer's disease. She wanted to show her support for her ‘second mom’ and be a part of the battle against the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
BvB stands for Blondes versus Brunettes and is also the name for the annual powder puff football game put on by the organization in Dallas. It’s called BvB Dallas Powderpuff Football game to Tackle Alzheimer’s and is the largest charitable powder puff game in the country. Eleven years after setting a goal to raise $20,000, BvB Dallas celebrated raising more than $4 million in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease this past summer.On her role at BvB Dallas
My mom's best friend's mom had been battling with Alzheimer's Disease and finally passed away in 2013. That summer, I decided that I wanted to join the organization, and be a small part of finding a cure for this disease.
I started at the grass roots as a “rookie.” I fell in love with the organization and worked my way into being the team fundraising chair and eventually serving as the team captain for two years. I retired from playing in the event because I am not an athlete by any means and was lucky enough to find a position on our board of directors. Now I have served on the board of directors for a year overseeing fundraising and sponsorships and can leave the field part of the summer to those who enjoy it more!
Our board of directors share almost every role from community engagement to communications to recruitment. It’s been a whole new world to tackle, but it has been a huge honor, and such a fun thing to get to be a part of.
On why BvB Dallas means so much to her
It’s incredible to see how Alzheimer’s really affects someone as it progresses, but a big part that is regularly missed is how it affects their families. We're fighting to create a life for people who are struggling with their new norm and to make memories with family around them.
Caretakers often struggle with the idea that physically the person they love is there, but the mental aspect no one is prepared for. We work with several groups to provide support and education for the stages of Alzheimer’s disease for both the family and patient. Knowing that I can do something in the smallest way to help them during this time, or to help someone else have a better life is the biggest thing that makes you come back to it.
On something she doesn’t think people understand about BvB Dallas
We're 100% volunteers
I don’t think a lot of people realize that we are 100% volunteers. From our president and our board to each participant on the teams, we're all there because we love this cause and the organization that we've built around it.
A lot of people will question how much of our bottom line goes back to our beneficiaries. But 85 to 90% goes back to those beneficiaries, and 10% is there just to cover the cost of season events (game day, golf tournament, etc.), which we work very hard to get sponsor support for. A lot of donors can be hesitant donating to a local organization like ours, but we pride ourselves on the volunteers that fuel this organization. It’s really an amazing thing to witness.
On her office… or lack thereof
For BvB specifically, we do not have a formal office. Each of us takes calls from our daily offices or, for me, in a marketing storage room or on the road. We do our best to get the job done in the moments we have available.
On breakfast this morning
I think breakfast is the best meal of the day. I'm a huge lay in bed until it's five minutes until I must be in the office kind of person, so I make sure to meal prep egg scrambles during the weeks I’m home. But today, I left the hotel, and thankfully the hotel served breakfast, so I had an omelet and some pancakes. It was so good.
On more food. Because why not?
You honestly could probably ask anyone that's close to me, and they’d say I'm a snack phene. I have a snack drawer or two at my office desk that I had to get a lock and key put on because people would steal my snacks. I don't care, take whatever you want in my desk, just don't steal my snacks.
If I'm in the office, I love peanut butter stuffed pretzels or goldfish, because they're just so easy. Other than that, I usually grab the mixed nuts and dried cranberries because it’s filling and hits all the notes from sweet, and salty, and crunchy, and chewy, and I need it all.
On motivating her BvB participants
When it comes to pushing our participants, I'm an advocate of just being a cheerleader for them. Every time I notice they have hit different goals, I try my best to reach out and cheer them on! If they've hit $500 or $1,000, that's a big deal. I want to make sure they know we are rooting for their success and want to be as helpful as possible along the way.
I want each of our participants to hit their goals because it's an amazing thing for them, as an individual, to know that they have the capability to achieve something bigger than them in that way. Each participant has the capability to push themselves away from their doubts or nerves they might have signing up for a fundraising organization and I’m so happy to cheer for them when they do!
Such a great conversation Dani. You are truly a superstar volunteer if we’ve ever seen one. Your dedication and determination is incredible and BvB Dallas is lucky to have you on the team.
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