No, Overcoming MS is a separate and independent charitable organisation.
We aim to reach as many newly diagnosed people with MS as we can, and so we really like your donations to be ‘unrestricted’. This means that you are not restricting what project or country your fundraising and donations are spent on. It also helps our work to be more efficient by reducing our administration costs, making your money and donations reach more people. We’re happy to discuss this in more detail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A letter of authorisation outlines that you are officially raising money for OMS.. You may need a letter like this if you plan to do a street collection or want to ask for prizes. Email email@example.com and tell us your name, address and what you are doing to fundraise so we can send out the letters to you.
As a registered charity, OMS is allowed to claim back an extra 25p on every £1 donated to us in gift aid. For us to be able to claim gift aid you need to check the sponsor or donator is a UK tax payer, record their home address, postcode, donation amount and make sure they tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsor form or web page.
If you have raised funds offline you can put the money in your bank account and then donate online here: https://overcomingms.org/donate. Please leave a reference in the notes box with your name and fundraising activity so we can add this to your record and thank you.
We ask for a minimum sponsorship amount so that we can offset the cost of the places in your event. In the worst case, the charity can lose money if the minimum amount isn’t raised. If you’re struggling with getting sponsorship, please get in touch and let the Fundraising Team know, we’re experienced fundraisers and we have plenty of ideas to help you out!
We have OMS-branded t-shirts, running vests, balloons and flyers explaining about OMS and what we do. Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to request these. We also have a page of downloadable resources that you might find useful here: https://overcomingms.org/resources/fundraising-resources
We’re working on getting our regular giving set up on our website and we hope to launch this at the end of 2019. In the meantime, if you would like to set up a regular gift, you can do so through JustGiving’s donate button which gives you a monthly option. https://www.justgiving.com/overcomingms
Absolutely! There are two ways of doing this. You can either take part in one of the events that we promote on our website: https://overcomingms.org/community/events or you can find your own event, get your own place in it, and then just use it to fundraise for us. Whatever you choose, just let us know what you’re doing so we can support you along the way.
That’s what the fundraising team are here for! Have a look at our A-Z of ideas https://overcomingms.org/community/fundraising/do-your-own-thing and also at our events page to see if anything catches your attention https://overcomingms.org/community/events. You can also download our fundraising guide for lots more ideas and more detail about what’s involved. https://overcomingms.org/resources/fundraising-resources But mostly, drop us a call or an email and we’d be happy to have a chat about some ideas.
Overcoming MS is a completely independent charitable organization, we do not accept any financial or ‘in-kind’ support from pharmaceutical or other third party companies. We therefore rely on the generosity of our supporters to continue our important work sharing the OMS Program with every person with MS around the globe.