From sharing their personal stories, leveraging the power of their Walk MS Participant Center, or implementing simple ways to recruit new teammates, learn how our most successful Walk MS participants achieve BIG success and you can, too. Read more…
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Every year at Walk MS I hear so many stories that warm my heart and give me hope.
This year, I want to hear your story. I want to know what inspired you to join Walk MS. After you write it, will you do me a huge favor? Post it on your Walk MS personal page. Share it with your friends. Tell them on Facebook, through email, or send along a snail mail letter and include a link to your Walk MS donation page so we can inspire our community to take action.
To help shape your own, I asked our Chief Storyteller at the Chapter to give me a few tips. He spent nearly a decade in Hollywood writing, producing and performing in hundreds of shows—and incorporates the story of his Mom, who lived with MS for 34 years, into his personal fundraising for the Society.
Enjoy! Read more…
By Tommi Johnstone
Bike MS co-captain, Team Amulet
6th year at Bike MS Oregon
Just a few weeks ago, I was asked to share my MS story at Bike MS. I thought that was kinda funny, because when I first heard of the weekend cycling event way back in 2010, I had no connection whatsoever to multiple sclerosis (MS). I sort of knew what MS was, but had never met anyone who lived with the disease. I just thought Bike MS sounded like a cool ride, and I liked the idea of camping overnight and experiencing a summer break with a new community. It never crossed my mind that I’d participate in Bike MS more than once.
That all changed the day I met Kevin Byrne.
Our Bike MS fundraising goal this year is $727,000. We’re moving towards our goal, but the only way we’ll blast through it (and PUMMEL MS!) is by raising dollars to find a cure.
If you’re already blowing through your goal, ROCK ON!
If you’re still working or need a little help to fundraise (or hit your $250 minimum, which is required to ride on event weekend), try this out:
Tell your FB friends why you’re riding, rolling, volunteering, or supporting from afar. Include a pic of the person you’re riding for (even if it’s you), and add your Bike MS Personal Page URL so people can quickly make donations online. The more personal your post, the more friends will want to help. Read more…
Why do we Bike MS?
To show, through the thunderous roar of thousands across the U.S., that WE WILL CRUSH multiple sclerosis once and for all!
So, whether you raise $10,000, $2,500 or $250, every dollar helps us fund cutting-edge research—and gives hope to our friends, loved-ones, relatives and those of us who live with MS—that we will cross the finish line.
As a Bike MS Participant, we know you’re committed to helping us fulfill our mission.
Here are 5 quick tips from Point B team member Paul D. that’ll help you roll towards our (and your) goal, and/or will give your existing fundraising efforts a fresh boost.
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AMY’S BIKE MS TIP OF THE WEEK #3: CRANK UP THE FUNDS (AND CRUSH MS) WITH YOUR BIKE MS PARTICIPANT CENTER
Your Bike MS Participant Center is equipped with online tools to simplify and automate your fundraising activities through email, Facebook and your very own Bike MS web page. Check out these 5 awesome features that’ll make it super easy to get those donations cruising.
1.Reach People Quickly with Pre-formatted E-mails
Import your Yahoo, Outlook or Apple Mail contacts into our safe and secure system*, then send fundraising messages to your friends in a jiffy. You can write your own message or select one of the pre-written options for various topics such as:
- recruiting people to join your team
- asking for donations or
- sending a simple “thank you” message
Tip: Increase your fundraising impact by personalizing your message. Even if it’s a simple “I ride because my brother has MS and I want to end this disease forever” will make a big difference.
Giving donor prospects your “I ride because” story makes a world of difference in your fundraising efforts.
To help share your story, every Bike MS rider gets their very own “personal page” after registering. This post provides 3 storytelling tips that will help shape your own Bike MS personal page, and includes real-world examples from other Bike MS participants. Read more…
Here’s what Meg Allen of Team Wanta Eliminate MS shared with me. I think she’s right on the money. Enjoy!
- Don’t get discouraged – it takes about 6x before people hear and act on your “ask” for a donation.
- Cast your net wide – you never know and will be surprised to learn who has a family member or friend with MS.
- Personal thank you notes are very important. They don’t have to be elaborate. Let your donors know how much you appreciate them and their donation. It makes them feel good about their donation.
AMY’S BIKE MS TIP OF THE WEEK #6: 3 WAYS TO GET YOUR FUNDRAISING ON THE MOVE AND HIT YOUR $250 MINIMUM (OR BOOST YOUR CURRENT $$ EVEN HIGHER)
- Crank it up with a self-donation – login to your Participant Center at bikeMS.org > Select “Make a Personal Donation.” If you give $35 or more, we’ll send you a $5 Starbucks gift card.
- Tell others why you ride on your Bike MS personal page – login to your Participant Center at bikeMS.org > Select “Inspire Others with Your Story.” Check out this blog post to see how other top fundraisers share their personal connection to Bike MS.
- Email your friends through the Participant Center – login to your Participant Center at bikeMS.org > Select “Send Emails.” The templates provided are just a guide. For the best results, personalize your message with the reason you ride.
J.R.’s Tip: If you’re sending out a “Please Support Me” email blast, send it first thing on a Friday morning (PAYDAY) and then follow it up with another the next Friday. Wait a couple of weeks and then repeat the process. Many people will respond to the very first email but others may need a few reminders before they donate.
– J.R. Burwell, Team CBRE, Bike MS Top Fundraiser
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.