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The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society is thrilled that you are interested in “Joining the Movement” and working to create a world free of MS through a Do It Yourself (DIY) Fundraising Event.

Money raised from these DIY (community or third-party) events goes to support ongoing research initiatives into the cause, treatment and cure of MS, as well as to provide for important programs and services directly supporting families in the Ohio Valley Chapter area.

How to Get Started

Our new DIY online fundraising center generates support for your event through the power of the internet. You create a personal fundraising page where event participants buy tickets, pay for items, or make a donation online. You may also email friends, family, and track your progress. We provide logos, email signature badges, and flyer templates to help with your success.

Click on the icon below to visit the DIY Fundraising center


Some Examples of Successful DIY Events:

Athletic Events: Softball tournaments, bowl-a-thons, basketball tournaments, golf events or triathalons are great ways to get people involved. Charge an entry fee and encourage participants to fund raise through contests

Food for Thought: Host a dinner, cocktail party, BBQ, or partner with a restaurant. Many restaurants will donate food or portion of sales. Everyone needs a good reason to go out.

Awareness Events: Set up a table at a community event or in a high traffic area to distribute information and collect donations.

Holidays Can Help: Do you have a birthday, anniversary, wedding or housewarming coming up? Have a party and ask for donations in lieu of gifts. This idea helps people donate with funds they were already planning to spend.

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure: What about a garage or yard sale? If you don’t have enough items to sell, solicit your neighbors, family and friends to donate their items. Donating items may be easier for them than a monetary donation. All proceeds can be donated to the National MS Society.

You’ve Got Talent: Sell your skills. Provide lessons on cooking, sewing, golf, jewelry making or any other fun activity. Set a donation price and people will be happy to save some money while supporting a great cause.

Old-Fashioned Fundraising: Set up a neighborhood lemonade stand, sell greeting cards, hold a car wash, a dog wash, shovel snow, or hold a bake sale.

Hold an Auction: Approach local businesses to donate goods or services and hold an auction. Items can include gift certificates, gym memberships, sporting goods, concert tickets, wine, art, jewelry and so much more

Questions about hosting a community event? Email Rebekah Schraer or phone 513-769-4400.