This is the easy part! We require all registered Run MS participants to achieve a fundraising goal. Currently, our program for the Marine Corps Marathon requires each participant raise $2,000 to participate in the event.*
Registered Run MS participants running in other races nationwide must also pay a $40 registration fee, and have a suggested fundraising minimum of $1,500.
The good news - we support thousands of participants in achieving their fundraising goals every year. We are here to help you make a plan, provide tips, tools, and helpful success stories from other participants to make this the easiest part of your Run MS experience.
Fundraising minimums for future partnered events may differ - stay tuned for details!
*You MUST raise at least $1,300 by September 27, 2013 to attain your bib. The fundraising deadline for the remainder of the amount is November 29, 2013.
Coming soon: Fundraise with Facebook app - check back soon!
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It can be helpful to break your fund-raising process down into specific steps. As you complete each step, you draw closer to your fund-raising goal and helping thousands of people living with MS.
STEP 1: Set your goal, Identify your prospects and Self-Pledge
STEP 2: Select your approach
STEP 3: Craft the style of your message
STEP 4: Select the format
STEP 5: Suggest the level of pledges
The National MS Society is pleased to provide additional information or suggestions regarding any of the steps listed above. Do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you.
Send an announcement of your plan to participate in the MS Rockstars training program to friends, business associates, church members, family and old acquaintances. Don't forget company, organization and school newsletters.
It's simple - sell each mile you will be running, either during the training or during the race or both! The training miles cost less, but are more frequent, and the race miles cost more, but are sold at a premium. Start selling miles to your donors today!
Think Outside of the Box!
Sometimes asking flat out for a donation can be hard, but there are other ways to fundraise and have fun while doing it!
Make some space in your garage for your bicycle and have a garage sale. If you don't feel comfortable asking friends, family or neighbors for cash donations, ask them if they have any items laying around that they would like to contribute to your sale!
Have a 50/50 raffle, half of the proceeds will go to the winner and the other half will go towards your fundraising efforts. Many times the winner donates their half back to the cause!
Place it in a strategic position with a poster explaining that all the contributions will go towards your fundraising efforts.
Set up a table at your office displaying your used books and videos. Remember, one person's trash is another person's treasure!
Casual Days, Prime Parking or Days Off:
Ask management if you can sell reserved parking spots, a day off or a casual day to other employees. Some people will pay $5 just to wear jeans on Friday! Using an auction format may make more $$!
Have a Party!
You are an MS Rockstar, and rock stars like to party! This is the perfect excuse to get your friends and family together. There are many types of parties you can host to raise money towards your fundraising efforts.
Host A Fundraising Night
Many local restaurants such as Baja Fresh and Pick Up Stix offer fundraising nights and will donate 15% of proceeds! Simply select a date and invite everyone you know to come and eat!
Ask Vendors at Your Places of Business!
Coffee, paper, delivery service, copier technician and everyone who wants to maintain that friendly "business relationship" are generally willing to make a pledge.
Save Your Spare Change Everyday!
You will be surprised how quickly this spare change adds up and makes a terrific pledge to yourself!
Learn As Much As You Can About MS, the Chapter and the National MS Society!
Visit the Chapter's web site for additional information ranging from MS research to Chapter & clinical programs and so much more!
Online fundraising is easy! Here are a few benefits of using your personal webpage:
The staff at the Chapter has helped thousands of others and will help you reach your fundraising goal! If you are interested in a one-on-one fundraising plan please email RunMSDC@nmss.org or call (202) 296-5363, select option 2 today!