Why is my activity classified as DIY and not a National MS Society event?
This is YOUR activity, which means you get to do it your way, with all of your own ideas, adding all of your own flare! So, when promoting your event, title it is as “Event Name, benefitting the National MS Society.” This will show our complete support of your event.
Can I use the DIY tools to fundraise for my Walk MS or Bike MS team?
Sorry, the DIY program is currently not available for fundraisers supporting Chapter events such as Walk MS, Bike MS, Challenge Walk MS, MuckRuckus MS or the MS Snowmobile Tour. Funds raised utilizing the DIY program will not be credited to special event goals.
Can I hold a raffle at my event?
Yes, you will need to fill out one of the following forms:
- Class A raffle. The license type required to conduct a raffle in which some or all of the tickets for that raffle are sold on days other than the same day as the raffle drawing.
- Class B raffle. The license type required to conduct a raffle in which all of the tickets for that raffle are sold on the same day as the raffle drawing.
Will the Society pay for expenses associated with a DIY Event?
No. The Society is not financially liable for the staging of a DIY event.
Can funds already turned in to the Society be used to pay DIY event expenses?
No. Once funds have been donated to the Society, they cannot be utilized to pay expenses. That’s why it is important to consider up-front costs of executing your event (such as decorations, refreshments, printing, mailing, etc.).
Can funds be kept to pay expenses of the DIY Event?
Yes, but ensure the funds are kept in a safe location and these are not considered tax deductible.
When do funds raised from DIY Events need to be given to the Society?
The Society asks that you deliver any proceeds raised from a DIY Event within 30 working days after the event has taken place.
Can the National MS Society Logo be used?
A special logo has been created just for DIY Event holders. This logo can be downloaded online.
Is it okay to have alcohol at our DIY Event?
Alcohol is highly discouraged at an event unless it is believed to be important to the success of the event. But, we do recommend that if your event includes alcohol, try to limit the number of drinks each participant gets for “free” by providing drink tickets, or hire a licensed bartender to consider a participant’s level of consumption and age.
Are donations made to a DIY Event tax deductible?
The Society is a charitable organization, so any contribution to the Society qualifies as a deduction under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Difficulty could arise when an independent, outside organization wishes to raise money for the Society. If the payments are made to this independent organization, and it is not a qualified organization, the payments will not be deductible for income tax purposes. If the payments are made to the Society, then they qualify – to the extent by law.
Please note: As stated above, please remember that when checks are made to the Society, they cannot be utilized later, or paid back from the Society, for expenses of a DIY Event. Donations made online to a DIY Event are tax deductible.
Who do I call if I have questions?
If you have any questions or would like more detail contact the Wisconsin Chapter at 262-369-4400 or 800-242-3358 or via email at email@example.com.
I forgot my Username and Password.
Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive an e-mail with your username and password. If you still have problems, please contact us at info.wisMS@nmss.org for help.
How do I change my Username and/or Password?
First, login to the site using your username and password. Once logged in you will see a link at the top of the page called "Update My Profile." Once in your profile, you will be able to change your contact information, e-mail address, username and password. All changes will be made to your account immediately. There is no need to sign in again.
How do I unsubscribe from e-mail?
Towards the bottom of each e-mail message there is a link stating, "Click Here to Unsubscribe from this E-mail Message." Click this link and follow the instructions given to unsubscribe.
What is a Personal Page?
A personal page is an online promotional tool for your use when asking your friends and family to join your event or sponsor you by making a donation. Once you sign up for an event online, a personal page will be created for you by default. You may personalize this page by going to your Participant Center. You will be able to customize images, text and the style/color layout of the page.
By default I have a personal page, do I have to change it?
Yes. While you can spread the word using customized e-mail solicitations, your personal campaign page can be your own creative expression of your commitment to the cause. Customize your page by selecting the layout and style that work best for you. Utilize the elements of text, photo and status indicators to their fullest advantage.
How do I change my personal fundraising goal?
First, you will need to login to your Participant Center. Below your goal in the participant center is an edit button where you can change your goal.
How can I see who has donated to me?
Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Participant Center and click the "Progress" tab; this will allow you to view your donor list and any amounts having been donated.
How can I see who joined my event?
Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Participant Center and click the "Email" tab then the contacts link on the right and finally your team group; this will allow you to view who's joined your event.
What is the difference between making my personal page private or public?
By default, a personal page is Public, meaning your name will appear in the participant search list, and anyone accessing the site will be able to support you. Setting your personal page to Private means your name will not appear in the participant search list, and only people you personally invite will be able to support you. You can do this on your personal page by clicking the blue edit button near the top