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Remember: No one can say yes unless you ask!

To get more ideas or begin fundraising now, learn how to raise $1000 fast, learn about online fundraising tools, or check your Participant Center.


Letters can be an integral part of your success.

Contact people from your email list, address book, holiday card list, alumni list, church organization directory or your neighborhood association list. The most crucial thing to remember is to include a return envelope with your name and address, along with a sponsorship form.

Past participants have found that writing a short personal note on their mass-produced letters has had an impact on responses.

Sample Fund-raising letter:



Dear (Name of donor),

On Sept. 23, 2011, I will join hundreds of others to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis by walking in Challenge Walk MS. When you make a pledge on my behalf, you are supporting research and local services for the people living with this unpredictable disease.

I have a personal stake in this particular event. My (Dad) has MS. Not only do I want to help (him), but also the thousands of others diagnosed with MS, a disease that affects the central nervous system. Some symptoms of MS may include loss of balance, impaired vision and hearing, fatigue, muscle weakness and, in some, paralysis. Even simple everyday living skills become increasingly difficult. Everyone is affected differently by these symptoms.

My goal is to raise at least ($5,000) this year. Please help me reach that goal with your pledge. Your donation is tax deductible. If you wish, you may mail all or part of your payment amount today in the self-addressed stamped envelope enclosed with this letter.

Otherwise, you can pledge me online at My deadline to get my pledges in is (deadline date). Following the event, I will send out a brief recap of the Challenge Walk MS to all my sponsors.

Thank you in advance for your support. Please call me if you have any questions or comments about this incredible journey. I can be reached at (phone number).


(Your Name)

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