National MS Society's integrated approach
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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National MS Society’s integrated approach
When the National Multiple Sclerosis Society began using eBay Giving
Works, they made it part of their overall fundraising strategy.
Realizing the tremendous potential of the program, the Society is
actively involving local chapters and working hard to promote it to
Engaging Local Chapters
This postcard was sent to 100,000
Although involvement in eBay Giving Works is led at the national level, much of the MS supporters across the U.S.
National MS Society’s fundraising happens locally. Because donors prefer to give to
specific MS programs in their own community if possible, it was important that each
local chapter appear as a distinct choice in the MissionFish database. Selling Tips
The Society offers chapters and
Through regular staff reminders, a special “how-to” guide on the organization Intranet, individual supporters a step-by-
and a series of conference calls about Giving Works, the Society encouraged all of their step guide for selling on eBay.
Their recommendations include:
chapters to participate. MissionFish was able to register the chapters through a single
data import – instead of one-by-one – making the setup even easier. What does well on eBay:
• Art, antiques, coins, and
Spreading the Word
• Books, CDs, DVDs, and video
With 2 million MS Society donors, the Society guessed that many supporters could
already be eBay users. The goal became making those supporters aware of Giving • Celebrity signed or designed
Works as a new way to fight MS. They developed a special section of their website with memorabilia
information and detailed instructions for sellers. They also included announcements • Clothing, accessories, and
through e-mail and print newsletters, and created a special “webmercial” about Giving shoes
Works and MS Walk events. In the spring of 2004, the Society sent postcards about • Computers and electronics
• Experiences with celebrities
giving through eBay to 100,000 MS supporters.
• Home and living items
• Jewelry and watches
Mobilize Existing Donors, Find New Ones • Sporting goods
Each year nearly 300,000 people raise money in the Society’s signature events: the MS • Vacation packages
Walk, MS Bike Tour and MS Challenge Walk. Giving Works offers participants a creative
Writing a great item
way to meet their fundraising goals, and an opportunity to find new supporters. MS
title and description
Walk Team Captain Susan Blomenberg, says, “Many of my eBay buyers responded with • Be sure to mention that the
their own MS experiences and a few even sent donations with their payment.” Susan item is for charity.
also notes that the fundraising doesn’t have to start and stop around an event like the • Use frequently searched
MS Walk. Supporters can start selling anytime and keep going all year. keywords in the item title.
• Be as descriptive as possible.
The best part of the program is that everyone can take part. National MS Society • Include item brand names
Development Coordinator Chrissie Butz says, “For someone with MS who cannot leave when appropriate.
the house, this is a great way to get involved. It provides them with a new way they
can contribute to the fight against MS.”
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