If you want to have the biggest impact possible in the quest to find better diagnostic tools, treatments and hopefully a cure for multiple system atrophy #GivingTuesday (November 28, 2017) is the most important day of the year!
100% of every dollar raised, matched, and won on #GivingTuesday will go directly into the MSA Coalition Research Grant Program! If you help us fundraise the total could reach $200,000 or more!
Don’t stay on the sidelines during this critical day!
Read on to learn more….
History of Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday has been celebrated each year since 2012, on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.). It symbolizes the start of the Holiday giving season, which for most charities represents the time of the year when the biggest portion of their donations are received. The MSA Coalition has participated each year through its partnership with the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge. Last year the MSA Coalition raised more than 10% of its total revenue for the year on #GivingTuesday.
The CrowdRise Holiday Challenge, A Great Event For MSA
This year’s CrowdRise Holiday Challenge runs from November 21 – January 3, 2018. It is being
sponsored by the Newman’s Own Foundation and is offering $500,000 in prize money to the top charities. The winner of the 6-week challenge will receive $150,000 and the top 10 causes will receive prize money. There are also bonus prizes throughout the Challenge with another $100,000 being distributed. Plus, there are separate prizes for #GivingTuesday totaling another $100,000. The top 3 causes will receive grand prizes.
Who wants to see a significant portion of these awards coming into the MSA Coalition for research, education and awareness initiatives?
If you are saying “Me! Me! Me!” read on…
Why the MSA Coalition Needs You on Giving Tuesday
We all know multiple system atrophy is a very rare and little known disease. Because of this it is very difficult to motivate outsiders to give to the MSA cause, let alone to fundraise. Grass roots, at least for now, is our single most effective way to raise money. That means, we need YOU to participate.
Last year (2016), the MSA Coalition had 100 families actively participate in the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge. On Giving Tuesday we raised just over $90,000, which was good enough for third place for the day. Unfortunately, two other charities did better and the Coalition did not win any of the prize money for the day. On the bright side, The MSA Coalition maintained its third place status throughout the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge and in the end secured the Third Place prize of $25,000 which was added on to the Challenge total of over $300,000 raised for MSA.
That’s right, with just 100 families participating the MSA Coalition raised over $300,000 dollars in 6 weeks and added another $25,000 in prize money to that total. Imagine what we could do if 200 families participated! What about 300, 400 or even 500! This is why we need you!
1: Sign Up to Help Us Raise and Win Money This Holiday Season
Joining our team is easy and will only take a few minutes
2: Like and Follow The MSA Coalition’s Facebook Page for Volunteers
Don’t fundraise alone! Become a part of the MSA Coalition team of fundraising volunteers. We
will post lots of great tips, updates and key dates to help make your fundraiser a success! Likewise, share your ideas, questions and success stories to help the whole team become better!
3: Sign Up for Special Giving Tuesday Newsletters
- How to Set Up a CrowdRise Holiday Challenge Fundraiser
- Tips on Fundraising Easily and Successfully
- Success Stories From Other MSA fundraisers
- Alerts About Key Fundraising Dates and Bonus Challenges
- Fundraising Updates
If you are on the fence or nervous about fundraising, sign up for our newsletter and select the Holiday Challenge under fundraising as an interest. It is not a commitment to fundraise, it is only a commitment to learn more!