Charity Highlight | Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Welcome to our weekly charity and non-profit highlight. Each week we will be shining the spotlight on a different charity or non-profit, who, in our humble opinion, deserves some extra recognition for the work that they do.

This week we will be giving tribute to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

MS Society Blog

An estimated 100,000 Canadians are living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Of those, many experience symptoms that are traumatizing and terrifying. The MS Society of Canada exists to not only find a cure for MS (which currently does not exist), but also to improve the quality of life for Canadians living with the disease.

What most people are not aware of is that Canadians are at a higher risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis than any other nation on Earth. As their website states: “Simply put, it’s Canada’s disease.”

The initial shock and grief that follows a diagnosis of an incurable disease is indescribable except by those who have experienced it for themselves. The MS Listening website offers stories from over 6,000 Canadians living with the disease. Through this initiative, the MS Society of Canada has not only shown compassion and empathy for those living with MS, but it has also indirectly advocated for the de-stigmatization of what is sometimes known as an “invisible illness,” meaning that often the debilitating symptoms of the disease go unseen by the vast majority of people.

The MS Society of Canada makes a major impact in the lives of Canadians living with MS, as well as their loved ones. Offering transport services, adaptive exercise programs, and even “Day Away” programs focused on relaxation and social interaction, makes all the difference in someone’s overall quality of life.

Do you or a loved one in your life live with MS? If so, please visit the MS Society of Canada’s website to learn more about how you can connect with the resources you need to lift you or your loved one’s quality of life.

If you are looking to learn more about advocating, becoming a volunteer, or becoming a donor, please click here and/or contact a local chapter here.

 

Which Fundraising Event is Right for Your Organization?

Fundraising is the efforts to gather voluntary contributions of money or other resources for non-profit organizations. The process is not as simple as picking up the phone, talking to an investor and receiving a check. There are several ways to collect funds in a fundraising process, like fundraising through walk/run/cycling process, School Fundraisings, Creative Projects and Special events. According to a recent infographic compiled by Maximillion, nearly 64% of millennials prefer to fundraise through walk/run/cycling process and nearly 50% of all charities use special events as a way to raise money. You can find out some more interesting facts and statistics about the fundraising process from the below infographic.

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Webinar Schedule | Charity Republic

Welcome to our Webinar Schedule information page. Below is a schedule of the days and times of our free weekly webinars.

Webinar Schedule ( Fall 2016)

Every Monday @ 10:00am – 10:30am EST

Every Tuesday @ 11:30am – 12:00pm EST

Every Wednesday @ 3:30pm – 4:00pm EST

This is a live webinar where we walk you through the software from start to finish and answer any questions you may have.

To register for your spot in one of our free webinars, please email us at info@charityrepublic.com

To learn more about our Volunteer Management Software, please visit us at CharityRepublic.com

Donor Thank You Letter Templates

Showing your donors gratitude is not only crucial to running a successful charity, it’s simply the right thing to do.

But when it comes to the ins and outs of donor thank you letters, even the kindest souls can always use fresh ideas.

Tips:

-Tell a story. People connect with stories and it is an excellent way of showing how the donor’s contribution helped.

-Make it personalized. Yes, you’re about to download a template, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t include specific examples when filling it out. Your donor’s name, contribution size and date given, and, when possible, the reason they chose your charity, should all be included.

-Don’t forget to give them a glimpse of your mission and what the future looks like for your organization. These letters are a great time to reinforce the values your donor connected with in the first place.

-Leave the door open for future donations. First time donors and long time donors alike need to be looked at in a similar fashion as customers of a for-profit business: entice them to stay engaged with your charity.

As promised, here is your Financial Contribution Thank You Letter Template as well as an Event Sponsorship Thank You Letter.

  1. Financial Contribution Thank You Letter Template
  2. Event Sponsorship Thank You Letter

Standing out from the crowd: Six ways to help your organization get noticed

I am a volunteer, and I am a donor. I donate to Christopher and Dana Reeve’s charity for spinal cord injury and research. Why? Because my father has a spinal cord injury.

See the connection? It’s personal for me, which makes it fairly easy for me to choose where my time and money is spent. But there are several other charities doing similar work, why not those? Well, because along with my dad, Superman was my hero growing up.

But it isn’t personal for everyone and not everyone’s childhood heroes suffer traumatic injury like mine did. A majority of people donate for other reasons, such as seeing a charity that makes a big impact or one that gives back directly to their community.

… To continue reading our latest contribution to Charity Village, please click here.