Participating in Walk MS is more fun when you are part of a team! Ask others to join you and enjoy walking together. Share the experience of connecting with friends, family, co-workers, neighbors or anyone that wants to end MS forever.
See which teams are registered for this year's walk. Pick a site:
2013 TOP TEAMS
Additional Team Benefits:
- Team website
- Opportunity to participate in team contests
- Team photo at Walk MS
- Eligibility for Top Fundraising Team Rewards
Team captains serve as “inspirational leaders” for their team members. People raise more money together than they do alone.
More Useful Team Information:
The National MS Society is a collective of individuals who want to do something about MS – now. So, who can be a part of your team? Anyone!
- Who do you know with MS? Invite them to join your team – there is healing power in working together to end MS.
- Who else knows someone with MS? You’ll be surprised when you start inviting people to join you.
- Host a “Join the Movement” meeting at the workplace. The Society will send a representative to help you educate and recruit your colleagues. Offer a door prize!
- “Hey, baby, wanna join my team?” … makes a great pickup line. ;)
- Virtual team member – who says you have to be there? Join by raising funds from wherever you are and walk with the team in spirit.
The sum of the parts equals the whole. Captains – you make whole team come together by encouraging your team members to excel in their personal fundraising efforts, and engaging your team in some fun and creative fundraising techniques.
- The Personal Letter – nothing is more powerful than a straight “ask.”
- Challenge your team members to set a personal goal, share a personal story, and make a personal request.
- Emailing – Through your participant center, send an email to your personal contacts. Use the message template, customize it, or just write from the heart. A link to donate will be included automatically.
- Mailing – Everyone appreciates a good old-fashioned letter in the mail. Teams, hold a letter writing party. Sign up to provide supplies & refreshments – give a prize for the most letters sent.
- Matching Gifts – find out if your company matches employee gifts. Make sure to educate your team members on the matching gift policy.
- Prizes – announce team prizes for top fundraisers, most improved, most donors, most creative, most team spirit, etc. Recognize as many team members as possible.
- Food – provide a lunch for your co-workers (partner with company caterer, or team members bring pot luck). Suggest a minimum donation for people to partake.
- Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace – work it for your team!
The National MS Society is a leader in online charitable fundraising, with over $50 million raised online in 2007. Many people like you are taking advantage of online fundraising tools to reach your fundraising goals. Here are some tips on how to use these resources:
- Import contacts from another address book. Your MS participant center will track your sent emails, team members, and donors. You might send one initial group email, and follow up on a case-by-case basis to your dedicated donors.
- Make use of the email templates, which are full of facts about MS and the Society. Be sure to personalize it for the best response. Many people write their own message from scratch and still use an MS banner for a cool visual.
- Do you like to write? Try the blog feature at the bottom of your personal page. Update readers on your fundraising progress, events. etc. Tell stories about MS from your own life. Move your readers!
Many restaurants offer community nights, where you a portion of the proceeds benefit your charity of choice. How do you get the most out of your restaurant event?
- Make it an event! They provide the food and service, you provide the party. Make sure to run your ideas by the restaurant management for approval.
- Bring a band! Advertise it in your promotions.
- Door prizes! Ask neighboring businesses to donate prize items.
- Birthday party! “No gifts. Instead, come and dine to support the National MS Society.”
- Advertise! Submit a press release to the local newspaper or online community calendar.
- Decorate! MS orange balloons, banners, streamers create a festive atmosphere.
- Move outdoors! If the weather is nice, add decorations, music, and greeters outside to help draw in customers. Consider a rain date if weather could greatly impact the success of your event.
Community Fundraising Events
Community events are a great way to raise funds and awareness about MS. How do you make your event an effective tool in the MS movement? First and foremost, keep it simple! For instance, partner with an event already in place. Speak with your local downtown organization about their First Friday, a motorcycle club about their poker run, or the neighborhood bingo hall to suggest an MS night. You can direct your efforts toward MS awareness, rather than the mire of logistics. Marketing opportunities abound:
- Contact your local media
- Submit your event to online community calendars
- Post your event on facebook
- Post a promo video on YouTube
- Send an invitation to your personal email list
In your marketing, address first the activity – speak to those who enjoy a night out, a fun time, etc. Then educate them about MS. At the event, celebrate the MS movement with educational information, opportunities to get involved, and plenty of orange. Create an open atmosphere where people feel comfortable connecting and sharing their own stories. Take pictures, and send us your photos!
If you are planning an event, please visit our web page for DIY - Do It Yourself Fundraising and review the guidelines and application.
To start your team for walk MS or bike MS, register for the event as a captain, then invite others to join your team! For more information, contact Stacey Derck at 1-800-227-2108 or Stacey.Derck@nmss.org.