Bike MS is just 7 weeks away and there’s a lot to catch you up on. Read on!
In this blog:
- Bike MS June team week incentives
- Bike MS happy hour – Tuesday, June 28
- Your fundraising dollars at work: Stephen’s story
- Power your donations with our 2016 impact statement
- Storytelling tips to inspire giving and grow awareness
- Fundraising Clubs – your path to jerseys, team tents and more
- Riding solo? Consider joining a team.
- Next training ride – Sunday, June 26
- Doug the Pug’s fundraising snack
- Bike MS Willamette Valley Facebook group
- Missing a donation?
- Your story: the road to fundraising and more
Our Bike MS happy hour is a great opportunity to bring your team members together to catch up, get revved up about this year’s Bike MS weekend, and grab an ice-cold brew. Riders, volunteers, and all interested parties are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, June 28
Green Dragon Bistro and Pub
928 SE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Re-enroll your Fred Meyer Rewards Card so you can continue to support our cause to defeat MS forever!
Here’s how to re-enroll:
1) Re-link your Fred Meyer card to the Community Rewards program until June 30th, 2016
2) Visit at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card you continue to help us earn a donation! Remember, you still earn your Rewards Points, fuel Points, and rebates.
Please note that all households that do not re-enroll will be dropped on July 1st, 2016. You may still re-link your Rewards Card online after the re-enrollment period by visiting www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
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.
Raise $500 for a standard jersey and $1000+ for a Top Fundraiser jersey. Exclusive to Bike MS Willamette Valley 2016 riders.
REGISTER FOR BIKE MS WILLAMETTE VALLEY 2016
Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7
RUFF! Anytime you get a donation, thank and tag your friend with a quick wall post. It’s an easy way to recognize your friends (everyone loves recognition). It also generates more awareness of our shared mission with your friend’s community.
Example: “My good friend Dutch Barker, who I haven’t seen since high school, just donated $35 bucks in honor of my Mom who lives with MS. Thank you, Dutch, for bringing me closer to my Bike MS goal…and a world free of MS.”
P.S. Can someone please scratch my noggin? I can’t reach it with my tiny paws.
RUFF! My pal J.R. says, “No matter how big or how small, their donations are incredibly generous (BTW – “generous” is a powerful word to use when thanking donors). If thanking via email, use the Thank You template available on your Bike MS participant center and personalize your message. Let people know how much you appreciate their contribution and how it’s helping you to reach your goal.”
P.S. I wish J.R. would send me a gift certificate to the Dawg Spa. I need my nails trimmed.
Jump on Facebook and talk about why you joined the cause – whether it’s to support a friend, loved one or even yourself.
As many humans have learned, just sharing the “Why I Bike MS” is enough to start a bigger conversation that will lead to friends joining their teams, volunteering and making donations.
However you frame your story, make it personal.
Okay. Got to go. Mom says the neighborhood possum stole my chew toy (again).
P.S. I just read Tolstoy’s War & Peace. Time for a year-long nap.
We’re moving towards our $826,000 goal, but the only way we’ll blast through it (and PUMMEL MS!) is by raising dollars to find a cure. So, if you’re already blowing through your goal, keep rockin’.
If you’re still working or need a little help to fundraise (or reach your $250 minimum, which is required to ride on event weekend), here are some super easy tips from my friend and rockstar Walk MS Manager, Andrea, to bring in the bucks by event day.
RUFF! According to my pals over at DonorDrive, if you ask for a $20 donation, research shows you’re more likely to get $20 donations than $5 and $10 donations.
So, ask for $1 MILLION DOLLARS! Aha!!
Or maybe just $100,000.
P.S. I like bongos.
As a Bike MS participant, I know you’re fully committed to helping us fulfill our mission—to #endMSforever.
Here are 4 quick tips to kickstart your fundraising and/or give your existing fundraising efforts a fresh boost. Read more…