Fundraising Tips from Denver Mucker Angela E.
Have you ever heard of Muckers on a Mission? When you register as a Mucker on a Mission, you agree to fundraise at least $250 for the National MS Society as a part of your dedication to MuckFest and its work with the MS community. 100% of donations go to the National MS Society to help fund their mission to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost, and end MS forever. You can know that every dollar you raise will make a real difference for those living with MS.
Muckers on a Mission are such an inspiring and important part of our MuckFest community, and you can still register to be one of them in 2020! You can also always register as a normal runner, but then fundraise for the National MS Society for fun on your own!
If you want to see how much fundraising for MuckFest can a difference, you need look no further than Denver Mucker Angela Endly. She is mucking with MS and was one of our top fundraisers in 2019. Now, she’s sharing her story and her fundraising tips with all of us so that we can continue to work together towards a world without MS.
What are your top fundraising tips?
One of my main tips is just sharing my WHY with people. There are so many people who don’t know about multiple sclerosis or about why fundraising for MS is important, so I have become very open about my story and the impact MS has had on me and my family and what fundraising can do to help.
Ask. Just ask/share. Many people would be surprised who/how many people are willing to donate and how quickly donations can add up when you just ask. I send an email to the staff at the school I teach at every year, and if I don’t, I have people ask when I am going to send it so that they can donate.
Build relationships. Much of my fundraising has come from friends and family. It haseven come from companies that friends/family work for who have a desire to make a difference and have extra money that they want to put towards something good, – but they may not know what to do with until they are asked. My aunt and her company have donated a lot of money in memory of my grandmother who had MS for 25 years, other people they know impacted by MS, and me.
What is the reason why you choose to fundraise for MuckFest?
There are a few reasons. One is that when I was diagnosed with MS, the only image I had of MS was my grandma who was living with MS. Throughout my whole life, I watched her go from having a cane, to a walker, to being permanently in a wheel chair and not being able to care for herself. I watched her lose control of her body, but she always had an amazing attitude and never had any quit in her.
So when I was diagnosed, I quickly decided I was not going to let MS get in the way of all the things I wanted to do with my life. I was only 22, I was a first-year teacher and high school soccer coach, and I was newly married. I wanted to have a family, and I had a lot of plans for my life. Although I couldn’t control having MS, I could control my attitude about my life as someone who had MS, and I could control trying to do anything I could to help get closer to a cure for MS – thus, increase awareness and raise money!
I also fundraise because although I am someone living with MS, I know that (so far) I am in a much better position in terms of my day to day health than many others who have MS. I want to do my part to help raise money for things people might need to help them best live their day to day lives.
If you want to be a Mucker on a Mission in 2020, you can register as one here! All of your dollars raised will go to supporting the work of the National MS Society, and making a real difference in the lives of those living with MS.