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We Could’ve Danced All Night. Or at Least Watched.

by Helen Russon

If you could create a perfect evening, wouldn’t you want to blend good company, gorgeous weather, fabulous food and drinks and—hmm—fantastic dancing performances? Wouldn’t you also arrange things so the money you spent on the evening was going for a good cause (or two)?
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MS Summer Series: Not Afraid to Tackle the Tough Topics

By Helen Russon

Even though you know you don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to, it’s always tough to walk into a room full of strangers. It’s even tougher if the topic revolves around one of the biggest challenges of your life. But it’s much easier if as soon as you arrive, you see people relaxed and chatting, and you realize that almost everyone there either has MS or has a close connection with someone who does.
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Shop AmazonSmile and support the National MS Society

Shop on AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter.

To start raising funds:

  1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in using your existing Amazon account or create a new account
  3. Select our chapter in the search field: National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
  4. Next time you shop on Amazon be sure to go to: https://smile.amazon.com
    Note: You must shop on AmazonSmile to support the NMSS. Amazon doesn’t donate through Amazon.com or the Amazon app.

Thanks for helping us Stomp MS!

Move Friends to Action with a Fundraising Letter

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.
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Amy’s Bike MS Fundraising Tip of the Week: 8-21-14

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.

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Turn Your Fred Meyer Rewards into MS Society Gold

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.

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Dancing for a Cure!

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.”
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Amy’s Bike MS Fundraising Tip of the Week: Double Your Dollars with Company Matching Gifts Programs.

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. 

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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.
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The Ugly Laws, The ADA and Progress

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.
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