Fundraising is important to the longevity of a cause; it raises awareness, helps fund research, provides opportunities for those without financial means, and helps bring in volunteers who want to do more.
Fundraising for a particular group, like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, helps create and sustain programs for those with MS and their caretakers, fund research opportunities, and hopefully fund a cure. Below are some ways to find a fundraiser right for you or creating one that fits.
Finding a Fundraiser
If you want to get involved in a current fundraiser – I have compiled some reputable sources that have ongoing events.
Creating a Fundraiser
If there isn’t a fundraiser in your area here are some tips for getting one started. For those outside the United States, you should be able to find a local MS group that will accept donations.
- National MS Society – DIY Tools
- Fundraising Ideas
- Wholesale Items for Awareness
- Tips for successful fundraising
Other Ways to Raise Money
If you are like me, I love to shop with Amazon for pretty much anything. Several years ago, Amazon started a program where a portion of qualified purchases will go to the charity/non-profit of your choice. The cool thing is this is a portion of the purchase, meaning Amazon doesn’t raise the price of the item so it is at no additional cost to you to participate. If you already shop at Amazon it’s a great way to donate to the NMSS.
We selected the NMSS for our charity of choice and to date, the NMSS has earned nearly $143,000 for qualified purchases through the program by all who participate.
To learn more: Amazon Smile! program.
Facebook has been pushing “raise money for your birthday” feature, but at this point in time, there aren’t any national MS organizations available. I have looked into ways to change that, but Facebook does not make it easy to find any useful information. I will update this post in case anything changes.
What MS fundraisers have you participated in or recommend? Please leave a comment below with your experiences.
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