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Frequently Asked Questions

Is my contribution tax deductible?
If you itemize on your tax return, cash contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (where no goods or services were received) are fully deductible to the extent of the law. Contributions to the Chapter qualify for the charitable contributions deduction to the extent provided by Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Does the National MS Society have 501(c)(3) status?
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Valley Chapter is a not-for-profit voluntary health agency exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

What about mailing lists?
Some donors prefer to limit the amount of fundraising material they receive throughout the year from the Society. Please let us know if you want to be removed from a mailing list, only receive appeals at certain times during the year, or make any changes to your mailing address by contacting us at 513-469-4400 or 1-800-344-4867 or via e-mail at

How will the money from my donation be used?
Donations are used to fund vital programs and services for people living with MS and their families in the Ohio Valley Chapter area. From hosting education programs to providing medical equipment and offering counseling, your contributions make it all possible.

A portion of all donations is used for nationwide initiatives like research. Thanks to support from donors like you, the Society was able to invest more than $35 million in research last year alone. Your continued support is key to paving the way to understanding the disease, developing better treatments, and finding a cure.

Can I designate how I would like my donation to be used?
Donors can choose to restrict a gift by selecting from the following options:
>Gifts can be restricted locally, allowing the Chapter to use funds for programs and services where most needed;
>Gifts can be restricted to support research only;
>Gifts can be restricted to support a specific program or service (i.e. Couples Retreat, Moving Forward Program, Emergency Financial Assistance, Transportation, Equipment Program, Respite Care Program, etc.).