Sometimes, you sign up for an event that you just can’t make. Same is true for Bike MS. The good news is, even if you didn’t ride, you can still raise funds to help us defeat MS.
To encourage folks to give, send ‘em a letter like this one from Paul D. He couldn’t ride this year because…well, you’ll see.
RAISE FUNDS FAST WITH EMAIL/LETTER TEMPLATES
Many people think, because the event is over, that the fundraising is done too. That’s not the case. Inspire people by telling them how awesome Bike MS was and how you want to help fund a cure.
Shop at Fred Meyer, support people living with MS just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!
Fred Meyer is generously donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Well, we hope you’ll consider the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter the next time you use your Fred Meyer Rewards Card. Every little bit counts in our movement to END MS FOREVER.
By guest blogger, Helen Russon
“Charity begins at home, but should not end there.” It’s an age-old Proverb that dancer Kristy Higgins is bringing to life in Lake Oswego.
Kristy’s father has multiple sclerosis. So does her grandmother.
For four years Kristy has owned and operated Step It Up Studios in Lake Oswego, and now she’s leading a fundraising effort to help others with MS.
“Multiple sclerosis does not get nearly as much publicity as the other big diseases, like cancer and diabetes,” she says. Kristy supports the efforts to fight those other diseases, but she also wants money going toward the search for a cure for MS, which she calls, “the sometimes forgotten disease.”
During our Saturday night Bike MS program, Brie Stoianoff shared how she leverages matching gifts as part of her post-event fundraising tactics. There are thousands of companies that will match the donations made or raised by employees. Some offer 1:1 matches, 2:1 matches and even 3:1 matches!
Check out the Employer Matching Gifts database for your company. Or, you can simply contact your HR or Community Relations department.
Guest Blog: 4 Steps to Capture Matching Gifts and Beat MS
If you could double your fundraising dollars without having to ask another person to give, would you do it? In this quick how-to guide, our 2013 Bike MS #1 fundraiser, Brie Stoianoff, shows you how.
If you could double your fundraising dollars without having to ask another person to give, would you do it?
In this quick how-to guide, our 2013 Bike MS #1 fundraiser, Brie Stoianoff, shows you how.
By Helen Russon
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you’ve no doubt heard about the five-year old girl who was badly scarred by a pit bull and was then allegedly asked to leave a KFC restaurant. The reason given for the request, according to her grandmother, was that there was concern that her face might “scare” the other diners. As you probably also know, KFC is vigorously denying that the incident ever occurred.
Our friends at Western Bikeworks are giving away a $500 gift certificate to one motivated Bike MS participant. And get this—they’re extending their Bike MS discounts, so your $500 will go a long way for:
- Parts for bike fits – 30% off through August 31
- Bike fits – 50% off through August 31
- 15% off retail on everything except bikes – all year
- 50% off labor all year
Discounts apply for both in-store and online purchases.
How the Contest Works
Every new $100 you raise between Monday, August 11 and Sunday, August 31 gives you an entry into the contest (i.e., $100 = 1 entry; $400 = 4 entries, etc).
The action starts Monday, August 11. So get those dollars rolling in to win!
*Discounts not applicable to bicycles.
Contact Amy Harris
Bike MS Manager
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
ARE YOU HAVING A HARD TIME RAISING FUNDS OR NEED A LITTLE BOOST? TRY THIS:
Do you remember our Saturday night program panelist, Chris Crawford? Last year, he sent a letter to help raise $37,000 in the weeks following Bike MS weekend.
By following Chris’ lead, you can jumpstart your fundraising and help those who live with multiple sclerosis. And as much as we’d love for everyone to raise $37,000, we don’t expect it. In fact, if everyone raised $1000 or more, we’d blow past our goal.
Keep in mind — it takes more than a letter. As Chris told us at Bike MS, you need to follow up. But by starting with a deeply personal, heartfelt note – even one that’s short and sweet — you’ll be on your way.
BTW — If you need assistance crafting a message, give us a shout.
Chris Crawford’s Post-Bike MS 2014 Letter