Join the Movement

ILD SLG 08 - Fundraising Header


There are many different ways to raise money for people with MS. Whether you're hosting a party or silent auction, sending letters, or doing it door-to-door, the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter and the more than 20,000 people and their families living with MS in Illinois thank you for your hard work. But who says it has to be hard? Online fundraising is the easiest, most convenient way to fundraise! Friends and family can donate directly to you online — no cash, no checks, no hassle. Use the links on this page to learn more about online fundraising, find fundraising ideas, learn how to use your Participant Center, and more.

Announce your efforts to your connections on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Through social media you can reach an even larger base of potential donors. Start by sharing your Personal Page URL on Facebook and Twitter, and engaging your friends and followers in conversation about MS Slugfest. Don't forget to ask them to sponsor you!

Make the best use of your Participant Center. In order to help you learn to use the powerful online fundraising tools in your Participant Center, we've created a handy Introducing the MS Slugfest Online Tools page for you to check out. 

Don't forget to ask your employers about a corporate matching donation.
Ask your Human Resources department if you company offers matching donations or check on

Compete for fundraising prizes!
The top MS Slugfest fundraising team will win a grand prize! And additional prizes are available for teams raising $1,500 or more. (Prize details yet to be determined--stay tuned!)

Five ways to maximize online fundraising:

  1. Make it personal. On your Personal Page and in e-mails, share your story and connection to multiple sclerosis.
  2. Update your content regularly to give donors something new to experience every time they come to your Personal Page.
  3. Having trouble managing your online campaign? Check the detailed help menus or Contact Us.
  4. Schedule a few minutes every week to thank donors who've contributed to your campaign and remind others that you haven't heard from them.
  5. Have fun with it. You can keep in touch with your friends and family to keep them involved in the growing movement to end MS.

Remember, no one can say yes unless you ask!