for my next fundraiser…

16Dec13

The local MS Society chapter was wowed by the $1600+ that I raised last month! Woo hoo!

And, of course, I’m thinking about all sorts of changes for next year. One of the big changes I’m thinking of making, since I anticipate being able to raise more money, is a minor change in destination for the funds.

Even before the fundraiser, I’d been thinking of finding a research lab doing promising work, that I want to help… but I ran out of time. (Having done academic research before, and knowing that funds get earmarked in specific ways, I want to have a good dialogue going with the lab prior to promising them a donation, to make sure the actual research projects get my money, rather than 100 ice buckets.*)

Anyway, I have a few labs in mind, and I’m going to start chatting online with a few.

However, for the fundraiser, I think it’s still important to have the label “MS Society fundraiser” for name recognition… thing is, much of the funds raised go toward patient services–things like wheelchairs for folks who can’t afford them, subsidies for expensive drugs (which I benefit from), travel expenses to MS clinics, volunteer programs… etc etc. And while these are all fantastic services, if we did enough research to cure MS… we wouldn’t need patient services for much longer, now, would we?

So, my plan is to fundraise 50% of funds toward my chosen lab, and 50% of funds toward the MS Society for next time. I’ll be keeping you posted about the lab! (There’s one at Stanford I have my eye on.)

*It’s happened! In grad school, I worked on a research project that was already well-funded. We got a grant that needed to be spent by a certain date, couldn’t think of anything else to get… but a bunch of ice buckets. Yes, your tax dollars at work.

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