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Community Events & Do-It-Yourself Fundraising


What are Community Events and Do It Yourself Fundraising Initiatives?

Both Community Events and Do It Yourself Community Initiatives are carried out by people in local regional areas that raise funds for MGFA independent of our staff-driven walk or golf events. A Community Event is when an MGFA Volunteer Leader decides to take on the logistics and planning of a tangible event to benefit MGFA, such as planning a softball tournament, a dinner party or small walk just to name a few. A Community Initiative is when an MGFA Volunteer Leader initiates any other fundraising opportunity in their community such as asking a local restaurant to donate a percentage of each check to MGFA, asking for donations in lieu of birthday or holiday gifts which make great Facebook fundraisers!


Who is a Community Organizer?

That’s you! You are reading this because you have a strong passion for helping to fund research for MGFA and want to use that passion (and your creativity!) to coordinate fundraising events in support of the organization’s mission.


About MGFA Community Fundraising

Our Community Fundraising program provides an opportunity for our community to support the organization through their own fundraising events and initiatives. These events and initiatives aren’t just about raising money; they are also about spreading awareness in your local community and providing the opportunity for those around you to participate in the mission of MGFA. We have Community Organizers plan and host all different types of events and initiatives, so let’s get started figuring out which is the best fit for you!


Steps to host your community event

  • IMPORTANT STEP 1: Contact our Director of Fundraising Samantha Gardner about your event and the resources MGFA can provide sgardner@myasthenia.org
  • Pick your event type, date, venue, admission price and general fundraising goal
  • Create an online event/donation page
  • Organize a committee of family/friends to help
  • Prepare a budget, create a timeline, and reach out to potential sponsors
  • Carry out the logistics & marketing for your event
  • Host your event & have fun
  • Thank your donors, participants, and supporters!
  • If you or someone you know has a birthday coming up then quickly create a Birthday Fundraiser. Be a member of the MGFA Birthday Club and visit Our Birthday Club webpage to start your birthday fundraiser today.





Staff support: Our Fundraising Director Samantha Gardner is just an email or call away. Review your event with Samantha, obtain key resources, and learn about additional ideas to make sure your event is a success! Contact Samantha at sgardner@myasthenia.org

Website: MGFA works with a fundraising platform called CLASSY that will allow you to design a fundraising page suited for any type of event you choose to host.  We will work with you to create your page and then give you the resources to help you manage it.

Materials: Request materials for your event such as a disposable banner, information on MGFA, and more.

Social Media: Tag the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America in a Facebook post as well as tweet at …….. and Instagram at  …….. for a possible national retweet!

Press Kit: We want to make it easy for you to share your event with your local community and media, so we’ll provide you with a templated press kit and a how to guide on marketing your event.

Community Events Calendar: We’re proud of our Volunteer Leaders efforts and want to make sure your community knows which events are coming up. Talk to our Fundraising Director about being included in the list of Community Events found at the bottom of the main page.

  • Community Fundraising Terms and Conditions – READ THIS BEFORE STARTING FUNDRAISER
  • Expenses related to the fundraiser
  • Pre-event planning and event day execution
  • Advertising the event to your local community and media
  • Tracking invites and attendees
  • Designing and producing communication materials
  • Pulling permits and insurance for the event, if applicable
  • Filling in your event website template with details


Your event’s connection to MGFA: When planning your event, please keep in mind how you talk about the event’s connection to MGFA. With Community Fundraising Events and Initiatives not considered official organizational events, The MGFA should be listed as the beneficiary to your event with the language “to benefit” or “to support” the MGFA.

Expenses related to the event: All expenses related to the Event or Initiative will be the Volunteer Leader’s responsibility. The MGFA cannot open bank accounts to support Community Fundraisers and cannot be responsible for the expenses tied to Community Fundraisers.

Logo & Brand Usage: While we encourage you to use the MGFA logo in connection with your Fundraising Event or Initiative, we do ask that you don’t stretch or distort the organization’s logo. If you have any questions about logo usage, please contact the Fundraising Director @ sgardner@mysthenia.org

Submitting donations or event proceeds: Always direct donors to the online fundraising event or initiative page on the Classy platform to make an online donation – this is the fastest and easiest way for donations to be connected with your Community Fundraiser.

Option 1: Volunteer Leaders collect checks: Volunteer Leaders can collect donors’ checks made payable to The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America and send them directly to the MGFA, Attn: MGFA Community Events at 1707 N. Randall Road, Suite 200, Elgin, IL 60123. Such donations will be processed and acknowledged by the MGFA under the organization’s tax identification number. Please include a note with the checks designating which Community Event or Community Initiative the donation is connected with so we can properly credit your event.

Option 2: Donors mail check directly: Event donors can mail checks directly to the MGFA, Attn: MGFA Community Events at 1707 N. Randall Road, Suite 200, Elgin, IL 60123. Donors must record the event name on the check memo line.

Option 3: Community Organizers receive cash or checks made out to them personally: If a Volunteer Leader receives cash or a check made out to them personally, you are allowed to deposit the checks or cash. The Volunteer Leader must then send a check made out to the MGFA for the deposited amount or make an online donation to his/her event page for the deposited amount. If the Volunteer Leader submits donations this way, only the Volunteer Leader will receive acknowledgement from MGFA.

Upcoming DIY and Community Events Calendar




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