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Up Front

By Douglas G. Franklin
MSAA President and CEO

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Douglas G. Franklin

At the same time that this issue of The Motivator is being printed and mailed, MSAA is hosting several public education events across the country. This is all part of "MS Awareness Month," which occurs in March of each year. I encourage you to visit our website,, to learn about events in your area - not only in March, but throughout the year. While on our site, please take a moment to view one of our free educational videos in our MSi video library, read one of our award-winning publications, or look at the many volunteer opportunities available.

Also in March, I am traveling with six other members of the MS Coalition (MSC) to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC. This conference provides an excellent opportunity for so many of us to gather in one room and discuss the issues facing everyone affected by MS. Our three days of meetings culminate in a march to "The Hill," where we hope to again shine a light on the needs of the MS community to members of Congress.

I would also like to note that these are challenging economic times for all of us, and we are inspired by the degree of support MSAA 's donors and clients have shown. Please know that we will continue to work tirelessly toward fulfilling our mission to enrich the quality of life for everyone affected by MS, especially at a time when our clients may be in greatest need of our assistance.

Doug Franklin joined MSAA as President & CEO in 1999. He has a distinguished career in nonprofit leadership and is a former national trainer in strategic planning for the Peter Drucker Foundation. A published international expert in social marketing and corporate social investment, he is a graduate of four universities.

He currently serves on the National Board of the Key Philanthropic Organizations Committee of the American Society of Association Executives; on the Executive Committee of Health First -America's Charities Board in Washington, DC; and as President of the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 11:37