Walk MS is a fundraising event that raises valuable funds to support people affected by MS through research, MS education, support, advocacy and services. All walkers 12 years of age and older are asked to raise a minimum of $25 though participants raise an average of $250. There are many resources to help aid your fundraising efforts. From basic fundraising ideas to how to use social media, we are here for you every step of the way. Check out our 100 Fundraising Ideas to get started.
Five easy fundraising steps to get you started:
Set a goal. Be BOLD with your goal – set your goal to $1,000 to be an Top Fundraiser and receive great perks and prizes! Update your goal in your Participant Center so it is proudly displayed on your fundraising Web page and share your goal when asking your friends and family for support. When you surpass your goal, be sure to update your page with a new one!
Make a Donation. Start your fundraising off right by making a donation to your fundraising efforts. Others will be more inclined to give if they see you have made a donation yourself.
Share your story. Tell everyone you know you are participating in Walk MS and tell them why.
Use the Web. There is an entire set of easy-to-use online fundraising tools right at your fingertips! You can set up a personal Web page, send out emails, and track your progress. Log in to your account and access your Participant Center to get started now!
Check out fundraising ideas and tips in this guide and online. Don’t be afraid to be creative! If you need assistance with your fundraising please feel free to contact the National MS Society at anytime.
New This Year
- -The 2015 Tremendous 200 Club honors our top 200 individual fundraisers from Walk MS 2014.
- -Fundraising thermometer (PDF download) to track your fundraising progress. Hang in your cubicle at work, on your refrigerator or at your next fundraiser and let everyone know how you’re doing with your fundraising.
- -Downloadable/printable sheet of fundraising business cards (PDF download)
- -Team week calendar
Fundraise through Facebook
We make it easy for you to set up automatic status updates and asks to your entire Facebook network with Boundless Fundraising. Log into your account to set it up today. Having trouble? Click here for a how-to guide (PDF).
Please find a list of fundraising resources on the right hand side of this page to help you achieve fundraising success. If you have any questions about how to use any of the resources, please contact us.
Fundraising letter: Download, customize, print and mail this pre-written letter. Then sit back and watch the donations pour in
Matching Gifts: Many corporations have a matching gifts program where they will match your gift. These matches can double, triple or even quadruple the amount of your gift. Click here to read about the matching gifts program and check if your or your spouse's employer is a matching gifts company
Mile markers: Reach out to local businesses you frequent and ask if they would like to purchase mile markers to be placed along the Walk route. This is a great opportunity for companies to advertise while supporting their local community. Click here for tips for selling mile markers
MS Store: Visit the MS Store for great items to purchase and sell to your friends and family as a fundraiser and help spread awareness about Walk MS
Community Events Calendar: Do you have a fundraising event coming up? Click here to post your event on the chapter's Community Events Calendar. Need a logo for an upcoming fundraising event or for a team T-shirt? Download Walk MS logos and banners page
Your Personal Fundraising Page: Did you know that walkers who set up and actively update their personal page can raise on average two to three times more? Click here to watch a short video guide to your personal page
How your fundraising helps
Your efforts help support the many programs and services provided by the National MS Society, as well as fund important research into the cause, treatments and a cure for MS. Learn more at About the National MS Society.
FUNDRAISING QUICK LINKS
- 55 Fundraising Ideas
- Fundraising Letter
- How to raise $500 in a week
- Know Your Networks Worksheet
- Local Businesses Offering
- Logos and Banners
- Matching Gifts Program
- Check if you or your spouse's
employer is a matching gifts
- Material Request Form
- Mile Markers
- Tips For Selling Mile Markers
- Participant Center Guide
- Participant Center Instructional
- Pledge Sheet (PDF)
- Pledge Sheet (XLS)
- Promote Your Event on the
Community Events Calendar
- Shop at the MS Store
- Tips for fundraising through
- Video Guide to Your