Visiting our Getting Started page might help you explore fundraising options including: general fundraising; creating a personal challenge fundraiser; using a special celebration as an opportunity to collect donations in lieu of gifts; or hosting a donation tin in your organisation or workplace.
Choose which type of fundraising activity you would like to do for MS.
Set a date and ask if any friends want to help you with your great fundraising plans.
Request support materials such as Proudly Supporting MS logos and printed supplies like flyers, money boxes and balloons. You can do this using the materials request link sent to you with your confirmation of registration. Don't forget the MS merchandise too!
Promote your fundraising activity far and wide! Share your online fundraising page link and download resources to help promote your event!
Fundraise and enjoy yourself! Take lots of photos and share on social media to @MSGetInvolved using #DoItForMS
Bank what you’ve raised within 14 days or ask supporters to finalise their donation to your online fundraising page. Find out more about Managing Donations and please get in touch with us via [email protected] or 1300 733 690 if you need assistance.
This is called a fundraising in celebration and has become a popular and meaningful way to make a contribution.
Register your in celebration fundraising plans and you will automatically be set up with your own, customisable online fundraising page. Donations to MS are collected online and donors are automatically sent a tax receipt. Additionally, you can contact us to request donation envelopes or to discuss the range of options for MS Bonbonnieres.
Unfortunately, MS can't provide you with an authority to fundraise in this manner. Our authority to fundraise is for services and care of people impacted by multiple sclerosis in general. You may like to explore online crowdfunding options for personal fundraising.
All aspects of financial and public liability and public safety are the responsibility of the event organiser. As MS is not the event organiser we are unable to cover any liability on your behalf. Therefore, we ask that Do It For MS event organisers determine their own public liability requirements as in many cases your activity can fall under the cover of your venue. If your event venue is unable to use their own public liability to cover your event, there are many insurance providers who offer community event public liability cover, often specifically tailored for one-off not-for-profit events.
Please note that by agreeing to the MS Fundraising Guidelines you agree to release MS to the fullest extent permissible under law for all claims, except where such liability arises because of the negligence of MS or its agents.
Some activities require permits e.g. rafﬂes where the total prize pool is over a certain amount. The amount differs between each state so visit www.australia.gov.au and search under ‘Gaming and Racing’ for a full list of local gaming authorities. Permits are also required by councils and shopping centres for outdoor events so please contact your council or venue to determine what permits you will need and what requirements you will need to adhere to.
If your venue or local Council require submission of risk and/event management plans they may provide you with specific template plans to complete. As a general rule, a standard risk management plan contains: a description of potential risks; what control measure you will put in place to manage the potential risk; and what the likelihood of the risk occurring is after your control measure is in place. You may choose to break these into: environmental risks (ie. heat stroke); people risks (ie. participant gets lost while on event course); and equipment risks (ie. chair collapses under participant).
Unfortunately, due to limited resources we are not able to personally help you advertise the event. The resources page is full of terrific tools to help you promote your event. Please be sure to go there and have a look! Don’t forget that all registered fundraisers can get in contact to request our Proudly Supporting MS logo set- this is the only MS logo authorised for use by MS Community Fundraisers.
As a fundraiser, you are not authorised to speak on behalf of MS, but you can speak on behalf of the fundraising activity you are undertaking. Please ensure you make it clear to media that you are raising money in aid of MS and that you do not represent the organisation (MS). If the media require information about MS or comment they should contact our media team.
We have a specialised logo which we ask all our Community Fundraisers to use instead of the corporate MS logo. Only MS owned events (ie. the MS 24 Hours Mega Challenge, the MS Walk Run + Roll) are allowed to use the stand alone ‘MS in a box’ corporate logo on their materials.
Instead, MS community Fundraisers can use the ‘Proudly Supporting MS’ logo set. You can request this logo from your relationship manager once you have completed registration and been issued your Authority To Fundraise paperwork.
MS can provide you with MS branded money boxes or tins to collect donations. To arrange this, you will need to register your fundraising event or activity and contact [email protected] detailing where and how you plan to collect cash so we can determine the best item/s to provide you with.
Yes, any donation of $2 and more is tax deductible as long as the donor did not receive any goods or services for their donation. Examples of goods or services include: event entry, raffle ticket, sausage sizzle. All online donors will automatically receive an email containing their tax deductible receipt.
Cash donors will be given the option of requesting a receipt through the authorised fundraiser. Authorised fundraisers should contact the Community Fundraising team to request a copy of the MS Donations Register sheet where all requests for tax deductible receipts can be recorded.
Please bank money raised within 14 days of your fundraiser. Bank details are included on your Authority to Fundraise letter and please also send an email to [email protected] to confirm the transfer or for assistance with banking. You can continue to fundraise for MS through your online fundraising page until the expiry date, set at the time of registration.
You must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the expenses do not exceed 40% of the gross proceeds obtained from the event. Please ensure you retain accurate, true and appropriate records in relation to: gross profit received; particulars of all expenditure incurred; and particulars of all transactions in relation to the event.
All profit (minus fair and reasonable expenses) must be sent to MS. You must not retain any part of the profit or any other benefit received from the event.
We do! Please go to our MS Online Shop to browse and select what is best for your event. It is great to have some merchandise to help theme your fundraising event, and past fundraisers tell us they have been key to increasing their fundraising dollars.
Fundraising merchandise is sold at a discounted price. This allows you to offer a physical item in exchange for a donation or sell items at a higher price. Whatever you earn above the purchase price of an item goes towards your fundraising totals. Selling MS merchandise is a great way to boost your fundraising efforts!
We love being able to support community fundraising events. While we understand the impact an MS Ambassador can make on your event, we are not able to accommodate every request due to limited resources. Please request an Ambassador as soon as you register your fundraising event. A member of our MS Ambassador program will then be in touch with you to discuss available options.
Yes, we can! On our MS Online shop you will find a collection called ‘MS In Celebration’ which will allow you to choose from three products, each custom printed with the names of the couple, the date of your special occasion and a special message from MS:
Celebration MS Awareness Ribbon
Celebration MS Lapel Pin
Celebration MS Bonbonniere Card
Dimensions, costs and shipping times are listed for each product. The minimum quantity for each product is 50 cards and cards are sold in batches of 10. Visit https://shop.ms.org.au/collections/in-celebration for all the details and to order your products.
If you are a business or organisation wishing to host an MS Donation Tin at your premises you can register via this webform. Donation tins are designed for premises willing to host the tin for at least 6 months or until full.
Many companies now have a program in place called 'matched funding' as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts. This means they support their employees' charitable efforts by matching their fundraising dollar for dollar.
Organisations to support individuals living with multiple sclerosis have been part of the Australian landscape for many decades with, what used to be state/territory based MS Societies popping up around the country from as early as 1956! These days MS societies from Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT have banded together are known simply as MS. Here at MS we deliver vital programs and services across the ACT, New South Wales Victoria and Tasmania to support individuals living with multiple sclerosis.
We also work closely with two other Australian multiple sclerosis organisations who specialise in advocacy for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS Australia) and research (MS Research Australia). In fact each year MS provides funds to both organisations to help them with their work. This means that when you raise funds through MS you’re helping provide support services as well as contributing to research and advocacy!