As a Bike MS participant, I know you’re fully committed to helping us fulfill our mission–to #endMSforever. And we know, the only way we’ll get there is by raising funds to crush the disease.

Here are 4 quick tips to kickstart your fundraising and/or give your existing fundraising efforts a fresh boost.


A – Start by setting a realistic fundraising goal. As much as we’d love for everyone to raise $10,000, every dollar counts on the road to crush MS. $250 (your Bike MS fundraising minimum) is a great place to start, then increase your goal as you gain momentum.

How: Update your fundraising goal via your Bike MS Participant Center. Need help? Contact our new Fundraising Support Center at 855-372-1331.

B – Make a self-donation. Put some skin in the game and show your donors that you’re willing to contribute, so they should, too. On average, Walk MS participants who make a donation outraise their peers by a whopping 480%.

How: Login to your Participant Center > Select “Make a Personal Donation”> Choose your gift amount > Rock on!

Tip > challenge your friends via Facebook to match or beat your gift amount. Then, every time someone makes a donation, tell all of your Facebook friends about the donation, thank and tag your donor’s name (because group recognition is both awesome and will inspire others to be part of the action), then challenge your other FB friends to make a donation, too. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the gifts pour in when you recognize goodness.

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C – Follow-up is key. People get busy, forget, or just plain need a reminder. And if you think you’re getting pesky, you’re not. It usually takes between 3-5 reminders to get people to take action. You’re merely trying to cure the world of a disease, right? How’s that being pesky? 🙂

Tip: If you’ve raised funds at past Walk MS events, take a moment to thank those who donated. Post a note on Facebook with their names (most people LOVE to get recognized for doing something good) or send a personal email. Half of your past donors will likely donate again.

D – Ask your dentist. Oftentimes, your best fundraising prospects are the businesses you frequent and know personally (stylist, restaurant owner, chiropractor, yoga instructor, etc.).

One Oregon-based Walk MS participant shared this success story:

“When my dentist asked me what I’d been up to, I told her I was raising funds for the National MS Society on behalf of my Mom (who she knew lived with MS). I also added that I was short of my goal. She asked, ‘How much do you need?’ I told her $250. She wrote a check on the spot.”

Need help with your fundraising A-B-C & D’s? Want ideas to take it to the next level?

We’re experts with an entire bag of tips, tricks and ideas to make you successful. Give me a shout and we’ll set up a time to talk.

Pedal on,

Amy Harris
Bike MS Manager


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