Fundraising is one of the most important elements of Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride. Remember each cyclist is required to raise at least $300. The majority of cyclists go above and beyond the fundraising minimum. All donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are tax-deductible.
Fundraising is as easy as 1, 2, 3... Follow these simple steps:
Step #1: Know your networks
Make a list of every person you know — the obvious (friends and family) and the not-so obvious (neighbors, acquaintances, business associates, team members, alumni associates, etc.). You have just created your donor list. Need extra help? Use the Know Your Networks worksheet (pdf).
Step #2: Set your fundraising goal
Now that you know your networks, set your goal. Keep in mind that you will want an attainable goal and there is always an opportunity to adjust your goal throughout the Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride season. Once you’ve settled on your goal, make sure log into your account and update it.
Step #3: Share your commitment & make a plan
You have created your donor list and set your goal; next comes what many people think is the hardest part of fundraising, the ASK. Tell everyone what you are doing — the excitement is contagious and your story will inspire others. Articulate why you are taking on Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride. Your commitment will be the reason they choose to give you a donation. Your online Participant Center will help your fundraising efforts especially if it is personalized. The National MS Society reports that the average Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride participant who sets up a Participant Center raises five times more than those who don’t. You’ll find all kinds of exciting fundraising tools at your Participant Center, including:
- A built-in thermometer to track your donations
- A variety of email messages you can send to family, friends a co-workers
- Opportunities to personalize your Participant Center with your own personal story and photographs
Where your money goes
Know the facts about MS and how it affects people living with the disease. Provide your donors with information about where their money goes so that they know how they’re making a difference. Funds raised from Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride are vital in providing programs and services to thousands of local families affected by MS.
What are fundraising jerseys?
Fundraising jerseys are given to fundraisers who raise between $1,000-$10,000+. 2014 fundraising jerseys are below.
BLACK Jersey Club $10,000 + | BLUE Jersey Club $7,500 - $9,999 | RED Jersey Club $5,000 - $7,499 |
- Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride Video
- Participant Center Guide
- Participant Center How-to Video
- Safety feature video
- Fundraising Ideas
- Matching Gift FAQ
- Digital Downloads
- Know your Network
- Pledge Sheet
- Sample letter
- Using Social Media
- Thank you receipts
- DIY Fundraisers
- Restaurant Community Fundraising Programs
- Sphere of Influence PDF
- MS Fact sheet
- Wear Orange Day Fundraiser - Stickers
- Printable Registration
- Volunteer Printable Registration
- Skills Guide
- Ride Guide
- Team Captain Guide
- Bike MS poster - (legal size)
- Team Thermometer poster