Where Does the Money Go?
As efficient, effective stewards of our donors’ contributions, we make sure that more than 79 cents out of every dollar we raise goes directly to improve the lives of people living with MS through programs, services and research. Approximately 21 cents of each dollar is spent on administration and fundraising—a ratio that is far better than the average of other successful nonprofit organizations.
Our supporters’ generous contributions in our local communities help serve their local friends and neighbors affected by MS by:
- Supporting research and training projects aimed at finding the cause of MS, better treatments and a cure.
- Informing and educating people with MS about a variety of issues through newsletters, publications, education seminars and conferences, and at-home teleconferences.
- Providing direct support and financial assistance for the FDA-approved medications, medical equipment, counseling services, respite, care management, college scholarships, and other emergency assistance.
- Supporting emotional health and physical well-being through wellness programs, wellness grants, exercise classes, retreats, a network of self-help groups, a peer support telephone program, and more!
- Reconnecting families affected by MS by coordinating family and social programs, couples’ retreats, kids’ camp, and other family support programs.
- Stimulating changes in public policy by coordinating a statewide and nationwide Government Relations Committee and providing training and support to our constituents about issues impacting people with MS.
Here’s a sample of your fundraising dollars at work:
$50: could provide round-trip transportation to a medical appointment
$100: could help purchase a walker or shower chair
$250: could fund a transport chair, accessible transportation to a medical appointment, or a portable ramp
$500: could help fund a college scholarship for a high school senior who is living with MS or whose parent is living with MS
$1,000: could pay for a hospital bed, half of a standard chair lift, or utility or rental assistance to two people living with MS
$43,000: could fund a research grant (average cost)