Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fundraising Week May 10-14

Who doesn't love a delicious bowl of noodles from our friends at Noodles & Co.? The first 150 Walk MS participants who raise $25 online between Monday, May 10 at 12:01 a.m. and Friday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m. will win a free meal at Noodles & Co.!

Walk MS participants have until May 28 to continue to turn in funds and be eligible for fantastic prizes!  Here's how you can continue to support the mission of the National MS Society with your Walk MS fundraising:
  • Follow-up with your potential donors who said, 'I'll donate soon,' or 'Remind me later.' Now is the time to send them your Walk MS Personal Page link and convince them to donate NOW!
  • Update your Personal Page blog! Write about the team spirit, the perfect weather and how great it was to see hundreds (thousands!) of people united to create a world free of MS at Walk MS.  Then, email your friends and family the link to your page so they can read all about it.  They might just surprise you and donate again!
  • Post pictures from Walk MS and, you guessed it, send out that link!  The more people visit your Personal Page, the more likely they are to donate.
The fine print: Each registered Walk MS participant can only win once.  The $25 must be raised between Monday, May 10 at 12:01 a.m. and Friday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m. online. An e-mail update will be sent to all registered Walk MS fundraisers on Thursday, May 13 with a list of up-to-the-minute winners, and the final list of winners will be e-mailed on Monday, May 17.

Thanks and GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fundraising Deadline May 28th

We're in the home stretch!  Walk MS 2010 total fundraising has already passed ONE MILLION DOLLARS and we're not done yet!  You still have until May 28th to turn in donations for Walk MS 2010.  To help you with some last minute fundraising ideas, here is a special note from Team Captain Bronwen Blass of the Blasskickers, an Elite Feet Top Fundraising Team:

1.) Speak to your HR Dept to see if your company matches charitable contributions. If so, this alone could double your personal donation!

2.) Have a bake sale to reach your goal. People love baked goods and are definitely willing to shell out a few bucks to buy them, particularly if it's for a good cause. So bake up (or even buy!) some cookies, brownies, muffins, whatever you like to make/bring. Set them up with a little sign featuring picture of you and your team at Walk MS and you're in business!

3.) Put a jar and a sign at your desk advertising that you participated in Walk MS and requesting donations. That way, people will know you're supporting the MS Society without you even saying a word and can feel free to support your efforts! You probably have a co-worker who knows someone with MS too and would welcome the opportunity to contribute.

4.) You see and talk to your friends and co-workers all the time. If you give them a chance they’ll probably start the conversation. Picture it: You’re standing out the office coffee maker and your co-worker asks what you've been up to lately . . . Your friend give you a call to catch up . . . BOOM! That’s your opening - let them know you participated in Walk MS and would love to have their support. It could be the most lucrative cup of coffee you’ve ever had at your office!

Thanks to Browen for sharing her tried and true fundraising ideas! If you need help reaching you goal or want to brainstorm about Walk MS fundraising, call the Chapter at 202.296.5363, option 2 or contact