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Fundraising Tip #9: Using online tools

Written by on July 7, 2010 at 11:01 am

The MS Challenge Walk is an annual event that gives us the sense of community we need to do what we do all year round. The rest of the year, it's difficult, if not impossible, for us to get together in person. That's why online communications, such as this blog and our Facebook page, are such wonderful opportunities to complement, not substitute, that vital face-to-face interaction. Those same venues can be used to help you meet your goal of a world free from MS.

Boundless FundraisingIf you belong to Facebook, then you can enhance your profile by displaying your fundraising progress and reminding friends how to donate. See our instructions on how to use Boundless Fundraising.

If you prefer the one-to-one communication of personal email, there's a way to make that work to your advantage, too. By adding a brief reminder of your goal to the end of every email, your friends and family will find it convenient to click to your participant center and donate online. Learn how to add an email signature.

Want to make it easy to tell people how to donate online? Don't send them a really long Web address that's hard to remember. Create your own personalized shortcut.

Finally, if you are holding or organizing a fundraising event, be sure to publicize it! Add it to our event calendar, and we'll make sure all of this blog's readers and all our Facebook fans know about it.

What other online tools are you using to fundraise for the MS Challenge Walk? What online resources can we provide you to help you meet your goal?

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

Event calendar publicity

Written by on November 13, 2009 at 9:36 am

The MS Challenge Blog has always had an event calendar to which any member of our community can submit a fundraising event that benefits the MS Challenge Walk. Previously, events were listed separately from these blog posts.

Based on user feedback, we are now complementing that separate listing by incorporating events into the main index. That means you'll see events posted here as soon as they are approved for publication, be it days, weeks, or months in advance. Yesterday's "All Smiles for 21+ Dance" listing was the first such event to be posted in this fashion — and it's timely, too, as the dance in question is this very weekend. (Note that the date of the event is given in the red box, not in the byline for the actual post!)

The sooner you submit your event, the sooner it'll be put in front of hundreds of potential supporters!

As always, please contact us if you have any questions about this or any other feature of the Challenge Blog.

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

Submit your events to the blog calendar

Written by on June 24, 2009 at 11:27 am

Did you know the MS Challenge Blog has an event calendar? We collect fundraisers, training events, and team-building activities from all walkers and crew, and we list them here for you to share within the MS Challenge Walk community. If you have such an event that you'd like us to promote on this site, just fill out our event submission form, and we'll add it to our calendar.

You can check out all our upcoming activities at this address:

https://www.challengeblog.org/calendar/

You can also click "Upcoming Events" in the right column of any page of this site. If you scroll farther down, you'll also see a box labeled "Happening Soon", which presents the five next events to occur.

If you use a program like Apple iCal or Microsoft Outlook, you can add our event listings to your calendar. Just click on this link:

webcal://www.challengeblog.org/?ec3_ical

Every time we publish a new event, your calendar will be automatically updated. It couldn't be easier to stay connected!

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.