Your fundraising fuels cutting-edge research and delivers critical services to help the MS community live their best lives. We’re calling on our entire Bike MS community to raise $56 million this year to get us across the finish line for people affected by MS!
- Dive into your Fundraising Center
- Set a goal and aim high!
- Make a self-donation to kickstart your fundraising and show others that you’re leading the way.
- Personalize your page by sharing your story of why you participate. You can even create a custom URL!
- Add Fundraising Milestones to create mini goals to inspire your donors to give a little bit extra to reach your next milestone. Add competitive milestones, like, “halfway to my goal,”, to the mission milestones we’ve included for you, to show donors how their support is making an impact. If you raised $200 last year, consider adding a Help me reach my last year’s fundraising total at $200.
- Use the Power of Social Media
Share your story, videos and photos. Launch a Linked Facebook Fundraiser from your Fundraising Center. Learn how to use Facebook to power your fundraising.
- Thank Your Donors
Click on the Donations tab at the top of your fundraising page, to create a customized thank you message for each donor and track who's been thanked.
- Download the App
The Bike MS app is a powerful tool to help you raise funds and awareness for a world free of MS. There are exciting features — like physical challenges and mobile check deposit — to help you go the extra mile in your fundraising and connect with your community.
- Add Fundraising Link to Your Emails
Include your fundraising link on all outgoing emails, and texts. Also, re-record your voicemail to include a mention about participating and a request to contact you about donating.
- Donor Incentives
A new way to ask for donation amounts. You can set any kind of prize, item or giveaway for incentives. For instance, one participant offer to bake a cheesecake for anyone who donated $100 as an incentive. Another offered to was cars for every $500 donation. You can even add photos to the incentive to make it more enticing! Incentives show up on your fundraising page right beneath your thermometer as an option for donors. To set them up, simply navigate to your personal page in your dashboard.
- QR Codes
There are many ways to create a QR Code — in Google Chrome on a desktop you can simply right click and find the option to create a QR code or use a free QR code generator. Save and copy the image file and print it on posters for a tip jar, put it up at your team fundraising events, or save it directly to your phone and show it to friends and family when you see them to quickly scan with their phone and make a donation. (Bonus: When making a donation on a mobile device there are multiple payment options such as Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay and more). Create a QR code here.
- Video or Stream
You can also add a link your personal streaming channels on YouTube or Twitch to your Fundraising Center. Invite your followers to livestream so they can hear why Bike MS matters so much to you and donate right to your Fundraising Center.
- Dinner Party or Wine Tasting
Host a dinner party or wine tasting – either in person or online! Invite donors to bring/share their favorite dish or wine.
- Netflix Party
Host a Netflix party. Rally your teammates, friends and family to watch a movie together – you can even use the Teleparty extension. Bonus: Incorporate a fun game, too! For example, every time the word “bike” is said in the movie, everyone donates $1 to your team.
- Garage Sale
Go through your things and see what you can sell at a garage sale!
- Lip Sync Battle
Organize a lip sync battle. Encourage team members to record videos of themselves singing and then submit the videos to you. You then set a time to showcase all the submissions and let donors vote on their favorite with their donation dollars. The person with the most donations wins! Variations of this event include a pet photo or kid photo contest.
- Matching Gifts
Many companies offer matching gifts, which double or even triple donations with no extra effort on your end.
- Track Your Miles
Be sure to download the Bike MS app to track your miles and connect to your preferred activity tracker (like Fitbit or Garmin). Set a certain amount of miles you’d like to achieve by a specific date. Then track your miles on the app and share the goal with your friends and family. Encourage them to donate to your fundraiser (e.g. $1 = 1 mile)!
Once you've created your best fundraising plan, head over to the Fundraising Toolkit Page to find the perfect image or video that will send you over your fundraising goals.