MuckFest Fundraising Tips from Two Top Muckers
As Thanksgiving and the Giving Season approaches, now is the perfect time to kick-start your fundraising efforts for MuckFest® 2020! Whether you registered to join us as a Mucker on a Mission or just want to make a contribution to the National MS Society, every bit of fundraising makes a huge difference. To help inspire your fundraising efforts, we asked a few of our top 2019 fundraisers for their tips. Their stories and their dedication will have you motivated to make a difference of your own.
Joey LaCava, Team FU MS in Boston
My biggest fundraising tip is to not be shy about letting others help. I usually tend to be afraid about asking others for help but there is simply no way team FU MS could raise almost $100,000 in two years without the help of my AMAZING team. They did not just sign up to run; they were fully involved in the fundraising efforts, and it showed.
My other tip is as straightforward as it gets. Social media. Use it! People respond to it. MS is sadly so much more prevalent then you think. I found out about so many others in my community that are affected by it when I first came out with team FU MS, and it was amazing to see the support our team received. People supported it as an ode to their loved ones who are affected as well!
I signed team FU MS up to do the 2018 Boston MuckFest in late 2017 at about 2:00 a.m. on a random night surfing the Internet. I had just been diagnosed with MS and knew pretty much nothing about it. I remember asking my doctor which websites I could trust when researching MS, and he gave me the National MS Society website.
I eventually made my way to the fundraising tab and came across MuckFest. I thought, “This is something a little different, and there’s one 30 minutes from me. I can get 10 or 15 friends to do it with me and raise a few thousand dollars.”
That night has now turned into two consecutive years of teams of over 120 people, and over $45,000 raised this year. I couldn’t be luckier to be able to say that and I owe it all to my family, friends, the community of Waltham and beyond.
Mike Rentner, Team Dirt Merchants in New Jersey
I have a few go-to fundraising strategies…
Tell your story. Share your connection to MS…whether you live every day with MS, care for somebody that has MS or are touched by MS in another way. The average person doesn’t always fully understand the disease nor the daily challenges it presents.
Grow your team first, ask for donations second. The National MS Society offers many ways to support their mission of a world free of MS. Build the team, and the donations will follow.
Say “Thank You!” Whether you use the tools provided by the National MS Society or by another means, be sure to thank every donor. Personalizing each thank you shows your true appreciation!
Five days after my 40th birthday, I was diagnosed with MS. As someone who’s been active in sports my whole life, MuckFest offered me the opportunity to prove to myself I could continue an active lifestyle.
My family, friends, and community have offered support far beyond my expectations. I continue to participate in MuckFest because it allows me to take active role in finding a cure. I’m optimistic a cure can be found, but it’s going to take research and resources.
It’s my way of helping myself and fighting this disease.
What are your MuckFest fundraising goals for next year? How do you plan on reaching those goals? Tell us in the comments to set yourself up to be one of our 2020 top fundraisers!