Fundraising FAQs

  • Is fundraising compulsory? Why do I need to fundraise?

    We expect every participant to fundraise a minimum of $250 to provide support and services to people living with multiple sclerosis.  This is a fundraising event and your entry fee only covers the cost of staging the event.  Every dollar you raise on top of your entry fee will go directly to ensuring the thousands of Australians with multiple sclerosis are able to receive the support and care they need to live well.

    We encourage you to have a go at fundraising. Your commitment and effort will not only be a rewarding experience for you, but will ultimately support people living with multiple sclerosis.

  • What is the best way to get started?

    Getting started can be a bit daunting but you’ll be surprised at how simple it is. Below are our top 3 tips for getting yourself moving.

    1. Your online fundraising page is the most simple and effective way to kick start your fundraising. By adding your personal story and an image, people are 10 times more likely to support you.  
    2. By making a personal donation to your fundraising page, you take away that pressure of the first donation. Your donation can set the tone for your supporters. It is a fantastic way to get yourself moving towards your goal and show your commitment. 
    3. Send an email to your networks or share your page on social media. Simply spread the message of your fundraising – you’ll be amazed at who will support you when you ask.
  • Where does my fundraising go?

    Your fundraising goes directly to offering services and support to people living with multiple sclerosis, while the search for a cure continues. It allows us to fund programs like MS Connect and MS Advisor, providing those with multiple sclerosis access to a caring voice at the end of the phone line and  access specialist advice and guidance on how to manage their symptoms. Your support ensures no one faces their journey alone. Read our information guide to find out more.

  • How do I collect the money that I fundraise?

    The best way to get people donating, is directly through your online page. This provides them with an instant tax deductible receipt and means you can keep track of your fundraising efforts.

    If you do collect cash or cheque donations, feel free to contact us on 1300 733 690 or events@ms.org.au for a receipt book. This will provide you with all of the deposit information you need. For a more detailed explanation, have a read through our ‘banking your funds’ page.

  • Can people who donate get a tax deductible receipt?

    All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. Anyone who donates through your online page will be instantly emailed their receipt. If you are planning to collect cash or cheque donations, simply contact us on 1300 733 690 or events@ms.org.au and we can provide you with a receipt book so you can issue them to your supporters as required.

    Helpful hint: You may only issue an MS receipt if the donor is receiving nothing in return for their donation. For example, if they are receiving a sausage sizzle or raffle item, they are not valid.

  • What is matched giving?

    Many companies offer ‘matching funding’ as part of their employee benefits. This means they support their employees’ charitable efforts by matching their fundraising dollar for dollar. It is a great way to double your fundraising efforts – and all you need to do is ask. Speak to your HR department and ask them for their support.

    We can provide your company with any documentation they may need, including tax-deductible receipts, information about what we do and a letter of thanks.

  • I am thinking of hosting a fundraising event. What are the best steps to get started?

    Good on you for taking your fundraising to the next level! First step, is to contact us on 1300 733 690 or events@ms.org.au. We have a team dedicated to helping you organise your event and provide you with all the support you may need. We can provide you with:

    • MS Sydney to the Gong Ride and MS logos for use in promotional materials
    • MS flags, posters, balloons and banners 
    • Receipt books and donation boxes for use at events
    • An MS Ambassador to speak about multiple sclerosis and how it affects their lives
    • Ongoing support, advice and practical assistance

    Whether it is a BBQ or a sit down dinner, we are here to help every step of the way.

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