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Top Fundraisers for Run MS

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Fundraising Tips and Ideas

This is the easy part! We require all registered Run MS participants to achieve a fundraising goal. Currently, our program requires that our runners meet the following minimums* to participate in the event:

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.


*You MUST meet the fundraising deadlines, as indicated during registration. 

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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!

Garage Sale:
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!

Piggy Bank:
Place it in a strategic position with a poster explaining that all the contributions will go towards your fundraising efforts.

Book/Video Sale:
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!

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Have an idea to share with other Run MS runners? Click here or share it on our facebook page


Online fundraising is easy! Here are a few benefits of using your personal webpage:


  1. DAY 1 - Start by sponsoring yourself for $50
  2. DAY 2 - Ask 2 family members to sponsor you for $50
  3. DAY 3 - Ask 5 friends to each contribute $20
  4. DAY 4 - Ask 5 co-workers to each contribute $20
  5. DAY 5 - Ask 5 neighbors to each contribute $20
  6. DAY 6 - Ask 5 people from your place of worship/social club to each donate $10
  7. DAY 7 - Ask your boss for a company contribution of $100 (Also, find out if your company will match what you raise!)
  8. DAY 8 - Ask 3 businesses with which your company works to sponsor you for $100
  9. DAY 9 - Ask 4 businesses you frequent (your hair stylist, dry cleaner, veterinarian, restaurants, etc.) to contribute $25
  10. DAY 10 - Follow up with friends, family, businesses and co-workers you might have missed.


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 or call (202) 296-5363, select option 2 today!



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