Donate with confidence to the MS Society of Canada
Canadians have given the MS Society their trust since 1948. Today, on an annual basis, more than 1 million donors and 100,000 local volunteers and event participants give their time and money to the MS Society. We are proud of this support and of our long history of dedicated service to the MS community.
We abide by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethical Principles and Standards. The MS Society also passes, with no issue, routine audits by the Canada Revenue Agency who oversee the charitable sector in this country.
Our signature events – MS Walk, MS Bike Tour, MS Carnation Campaign and the MS Read-A-Thon – are organized, well-run fundraisers. They also help raise the profile of a disease that impacts 100,000 Canadians who live with MS. By donating through any of these events or through our mail campaigns, you galvanize the public to support us even more. This moves us one step closer to the ultimate goal of ending MS.
An independent Canadian accounting firm, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, audits the MS Society’s finances annually. Our complete audited financial statements are available to our supporters and to the public upon request by calling 1-866-922-6065. An abridged version is available in our annual report.
We were founded by volunteers and are volunteer-led. These volunteers demand the highest standards of accountability. In fact, our boards and audit committees are comprised of chartered accountants, auditors and other professionals who are involved in the financial services industry.
The MS Society does not use commission-based fundraising techniques. To maintain our high ethical standard when it comes to fundraising, we rely on grassroots events, personal and corporate gifts and the goodwill of Canadians impacted by MS.
Whether you donate by mail, online, phone or in person, you can be sure that your funds are safe and that your personal information is kept private. The Multiple Sclerosis Society uses the latest technology to ensure the integrity and privacy of any information you provide.
The MS Society is highly efficient by necessity as we receive virtually no government funding. We raise 95% of our revenue independently through personal and corporate donations. As such, we are careful stewards of all donations.
We have extensive oversight and control mechanisms to ensure every dollar raised is used to maximum benefit. In 2011, over $10.8 million was spent on services for our clients and an additional $9.8 million was spent on research to find the cause of and cure for multiple sclerosis. MS Society of Canada fundraising has supported over $142 million in research projects since 1948.
For more information, please call 1-800-268-7582 to speak with your local MS Society chapter or division, or 1-866-922-6065 for our national office in Toronto.