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    How to Get Started Fundraising


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    1. Download the Fundraising Toolkit
    2. Create a plan and stick to it
    3. Personalize your fundraising web page
    4. Send e-mails to promote your web page
    5. Tips for success
    6. Write letters
    7. Educate your supporters
    8. Ask, ask, ask…
    9. Follow up with e-mails and letters
    10. More Fundraising Tips and Tools

    Download the Fundraising Toolkit

    Download the Fundraising Toolkit. The toolkit includes useful fundraising tips, sample fundraising and thank you letters and a sample plan to get you started. (Tip: when prompted, click “Save” to save this helpful toolkit to your computer)

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    Create a plan and stick to it

    The most effective way to achieve your fundraising goal is to create a detailed plan that outlines your objectives.

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    Personalize your fundraising web page

    It’s easy and free! Your personal web page is your chance to customize your fundraising message to your family, friends and other donors.

    How to customize a web page using Gift Tool:

     Register

    • Register online by clicking the button above. Choose your local event from the drop down menu.
    • Follow the steps to register. You will create a login so you can always make changes.
    • Upload photos and set goals. Make the page your own by customizing it to you and your fundriasing effort. Your supporters will like hearing your stories and tracking your progress!

    Use these guides to help customize your web page:
    Personalize Your Online Fundraising Page
    Gift Tool’s Guide to Managing Your Web Page

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    Send promotional emails

    It’s free and easy! E-mail is the key to a successful online campaign because dynamic links in your e-mail letter offer donors direct access to your fundraising page. E-mail allows the donor to contribute immediately at the point of interest.

    • Once you’ve registered online, use your online fundraising page and e-mail tools.
    • Import fundraising contact information in the e-mail tool.
    • We’ve started you off with some basic verbiage, but add your personal story to engage your donors!
    • Use our Personalize Your Online Fundraising Page guide for more tips!

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    Tips for success

    • Make a fundraising plan, and stick to it.
    • Personalize your online fundraising web page.
    • Promote the availability of your donation web page.
    • Educate your supporters about the cause.
    • Ask, ask, ask.
    • Follow up with e-mails and letters.

    Click here for more fundraising tips & tools …

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    Write letters

    Writing a personal solicitation letter to your family, friends, neighbors and donors is an effective way to educate people about Can Do MS and its mission of empowering those with MS and their families.

    Use the sample fundraising letter and letterhead to help write your letter.

    Sample Fundraising Letter 
    Vertical Express Letterhead

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    Educate your supporters

    Educate your supporters about THE CAUSE, Multiple Sclerosis and Can Do MS. It’s important to show supporters how their donations are being used to help those with MS and their families.

    Use the following information to educate yourself and your donors about the cause, MS and Can Do MS.

    About Can Do MS
    MS Education

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    Ask, ask, ask

    You won’t gain anything if you don’t ask, right? Don’t feel guilty for asking people for donations. People want to give as much as they can to a good cause.

    Find out more on how to ask for money.

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    Follow up with emails and letters

    Take time to follow up with your contributors to encourage last-minute donations and to show appreciation for their generosity.

    • Send reminder e-mails.
    • Say thank you.
    • Let people know about your progress.
    • Write personalized thank-you letters.

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    100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. Suite 200 PO Box 5860 Avon, CO 81620 Phone: 970-926-1290 or 800-367-3101 Fax: 970-926-1295 Email: info@mscando.org
    MS Coalition Charity Navigator Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Independent Charities of America Humane Charity

    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™ is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
    Charitable Organization Number: 74-2337853

    Formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis | Founded by Jimmie Heuga

    A national nonprofit organization, Can Do MS is a leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs
    that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life.