Mission and Overview
MSAA… Improving Lives Today!
Mission Statement: The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support.
MSAA is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1970. Our organization is dedicated to improving lives today through ongoing support and direct services to individuals with MS, their families, and their care partners.
Overseeing MSAA’s activities is a national Board of Directors comprised of accomplished professionals from across the country, volunteering their time for MSAA. Providing medical consultation is MSAA’s Chief Medical Officer, who reviews all of the organization’s medical information and collaborates with MSAA’s Healthcare Advisory Council. This council consists of medical professionals affiliated with top medical facilities and universities from around the country.
MSAA meets all Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance criteria and is in the exclusive group of national charities awarded the BBB Accredited Charity Seal. In addition, MSAA has achieved Gold Level status with GuideStar and is a member of America’s Charities as well as a founding member of the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition. The MSC is a collaborative network of independent MS organizations whose mission is to increase opportunities for cooperation and provide greater opportunity to leverage the effective use of resources for the benefit of the MS community.
MSAA’s free services help improve lives. Programs include a Helpline with trained specialists; award-winning educational videos and publications, including MSAA’s magazine, The Motivator; safety and mobility equipment distribution; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; educational programs held across the country; and Lending Library among other services.
MSAA also offers tools to help manage the ever-changing course of multiple sclerosis. These tools are part of our Shared Management philosophy, involving education, training, use of technology, and tools to promote healthy outcomes. Shared Management is a concept whereby both the patient and healthcare providers work together to achieve the best possible health outcomes for the patient. MSAA’s Shared-Management tools include our S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™ (named one of the best multiple sclerosis iPhone & Android apps by Healthline.com); and a resource database, My MS Resource Locator®.
We thank you for your interest in MSAA! Please be sure to visit the many sections of our website to learn more about multiple sclerosis, see how our organization serves as a leading resource for the MS community, and find out how you can be a part of our important mission of Improving Lives Today! We offer several ways to support MSAA so please visit our Donate and Get Involved sections of the site. MSAA greatly appreciates all donations – please Donate Today and help us continue to provide free programs and services that Improve Lives Today! Thank you!