FAQs

We’re here to help you with any questions you may have about creating your own fundraiser and more. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you are experiencing online difficulties or have a question that is not answered here, please call (800) 532-7667 ext. 127.

Who can participate?

Anyone! It doesn't matter who you are or where you live.

What if I am unable to complete my fundraiser?

That’s ok! Let us know if you’re having problems and we will do our best to assist.

What happens with the money I raise?

Funds raised will help MSAA provide free programs and services such as cooling vests for heat-sensitive individuals, mobility and assistive devices, MRI funding, educational programs, and more to members of the MS community.

How can my supporters make a donation?

The fastest and easiest way is to refer your supporters to your personal fundraising page or Facebook Fundraising page, (if you need help connecting to Facebook reach cphillips@mymsaa.org.) Supporters can donate directly through your secure personal fundraising page or Facebook Fundraiser using a credit card. Or, they can send a check made out to Multiple Sclerosis Association of America with your name on the memo line via mail to our national headquarters office at:

MSAA
375 Kings Highway N
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Attn: Special Events

How can I find out how much I have raised?

Once you register, you will be directed to your personal fundraising page, where you can view who has donated to you online and enter any checks or cash donations you receive offline to ensure they are added to your fundraising goal.

Who thanks my supporters?

We'll send acknowledgements to anyone who donates to your efforts through your personal fundraising page. However, nothing takes the place of a personal thank-you email or card from you. We highly recommend and encourage you to personally thank your supporters, and we even offer sample thank-you emails.

Who do I make checks payable to?

Please make all checks payable to Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. Be sure to write your name in the memo line so you get credit for the donation!

Why should I use the DIY Fundraiser online fundraising platform?

Our online fundraising platform makes it super easy to raise money and support the MS community.

How can I honor my loved ones touched by MS through this experience?

On your personal fundraising page, you can upload photos and stories to honor those you are participating for and share why you are creating your own fundraiser.

What is a personal fundraising page?

A personal fundraising page is an online tool for your use when asking your friends and family to join your team or support you through a donation. Your personal fundraising page will allow your supporters to make safe, secure online donations directly to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America on your behalf. Once you create your own fundraiser event online, by default, you will have a personal fundraising page created for you. You have the option of personalizing this page through your Fundraising Dashboard with a picture and your reason for fundraising.

My personal fundraising page already has content on it - do I have to change it? What if I want to change it?

No, but we recommend you do. Personalizing your fundraising page will help boost your fundraising results (and isn't everything better when it's personalized?). A compelling personal page will attract and engage supporters, so it's best if you tell your story. Emails sent through the Fundraising Dashboard will link people to your personal fundraising page, so be sure your page reflects your personal words and photos and is an expression of your commitment to the cause.

What if I forget my username/password information?

Remember that your username and password are case-sensitive. If you need assistance retrieving your username and password, you can request an email containing your login information.

How do I change my username/password?

Log in to the Fundraising Dashboard using your username and password. In the Fundraising Tools section look for the Profile link, click on it, and you will be able to change your contact information, email address, username, and password. All changes will be made to your account immediately. There is no need to log in again.

How do I change my fundraising goal?

Log in to the Fundraising Dashboard using your username and password. From the My Progress section, you can modify your personal fundraising goal. Simply click Edit Goal, enter your new goal, and submit the changes.

How do I ask people to support my effort?

Our online fundraising tool allows you to safely and securely upload email addresses of friends and family into your event address book. By using our email templates, or by creating your own, you can ask everyone you know to join you as a participant or support you with a donation.

How can I see who has donated to me?

Log in to the Fundraising Dashboard using your username and password. From the My Donations section, you can view your donor list and the amounts donated.