Fundraising Tips & ToolsIn Support of the National MS Society

We Need Your Help!

The fact is only about 30% of MuckFest MS participants do 100% of the fundraising. That’s right, only 3 out of every 10 participants fundraise on behalf of the National MS Society! We know we can do better, but we need everyone to step up and help out. If you’re a fundraiser, help your fellow muckers get their fundraising started. If you want to fundraise, but aren’t sure where to start, then read this page or contact us. We’re happy to help you be a successful fundraiser.

Your Personal Fundraising Page

When you registered, a Personal Fundraising Page was created for you. You can find your page by searching with your name and home state here. On this page, people can donate, join your team and see fundraising status.

After you register, it has generic text and a default photo. (Past Participants may have text and photos from previous years.) We recommend that you log into the Participant Center and update your page with a photo and add your own message. If you forgot your username or password? Don't fret, click here for help.

Your Participant Center

When you log in to the website with your username and password, you can:

  • edit your Personal Fundraising Page and add a photo and message.

  • set your fundraising goal—this is very important as it will give you something to aim for.

  • send fundraising emails to potential donors — these messages are pre-written for your convenience.

  • check your fundraising progress and see who has responded to your fundraising emails sent through the Participant Center, and thank any donors or send reminders to those who haven’t donated yet.

If your username or password just slipped your mind, click here for help.

Mobile Phone Fundraising app

Go mobile! Manage and share your experience on the go with our updated MuckFest MS mobile app. Fundraise and connect with others through social media and email, update your web pages, check your progress, and much more all from the palm of your hand! And it’s free!

iPhone app available through iTunes

Android app available through Google Play

Sample Fundraising Messages

Replace any text in brackets [] or add a line or two to personalize the message and hit “Send!” Please note that pre-written messages are also available to you in your Participant Center. Click here for help logging into your Participant Center.

Tip: Add your fundraising goal to all donation requests. Donors will adjust their giving to help you reach your goal, so don’t be afraid to aim high, and update your goal once it’s met.

Sample General Fundraising Message

I’m doing MuckFest, a fun mud and obstacle run that supports people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). It’s going to be a blast, but right now I'm focused on fundraising on behalf of the National MS Society.

Funds raised from MuckFest accelerate breakthroughs that change lives. Twice as many people are living with MS in the U.S. than previously estimated, and we must work harder than ever to find solutions and end MS.

Your donation will support the most promising MS research and provide access to more life-changing services for those living with MS. 100% of the funds I raise will go straight to the National MS Society to fuel their mission.

This is important to me. It is a cause I believe in and I've already made a personal donation.

Will you make a donation in support of the National MS Society? Click here to donate: https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/General/?fr_id=27863&pg=pfind Search for my name and click "Donate."

Thank you for supporting me with a donation and for helping me reach my fundraising goal.

[YOUR NAME]

Sample Thank You Message for Donors

Thank you so much for your donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in support of my participation in MuckFest®. Your donation will help the Society mobilize people and resources to support those who live with multiple sclerosis.

While we will have a blast at MuckFest, raising funds for the National MS Society is serious business. Your donation will be hard at work helping create breakthroughs and moving us closer to a world free of MS.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Follow-Up Message—Reminder About Donating

Just a quick note to follow up on my earlier email about donating to the National MS Society in support of my participation in MuckFest®.

There’s still time to help out, and I’m counting on your support. I’ve already made a personal donation because this is a cause I believe in.

To make your donation to the National MS Society, click on this link: https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/General/?fr_id=27863&pg=pfind

Thanks again and I’ll keep you posted on my MuckFest experience!

[YOUR NAME]

Sample Fundraising Email—To Encourage Team Fundraising

As a MuckFest team, we’ve raised [$AMOUNT] so far! We have a team fundraising goal of [INSERT AMOUNT] to reach before the event.

We’re in this together to make a difference in the lives of all those living with MS. Here are some things you can do to help us reach our goal:
-Send fundraising emails and post a fundraising request on social media.
-Invite more muckers to join our team.
-Follow up with potential donors who haven’t responded.

Be sure to send a thank you message to those who have made donations on your behalf.

Remember, our fundraising efforts benefit the National MS Society, which funds groundbreaking MS research and provides life-changing services for people living with MS. There are also some great team rewards we can earn between now and the event.

Thank you for all your fundraising efforts on behalf of the National MS Society. Let me know if you need any help with your fundraising.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]