Thoughts about Giving

A New Year Means New Ways to Make a Difference

By Rebecca Mooney,
MSAA Vice President of Development

As COVID challenges continue across the country, MSAA is working hard to maintain our nationwide virtual fundraising community, while still offering ways to give that meet the needs of all of our incredible clients, care partners, and donors so we can work together to Improve Lives Today!

Before the year ends, there are still ways to engage and come together with the community from your home – alone or with a group! MSAA’s newest virtual series, Improving Lives Through Art continues with a series this fall, as well as a planned series for both spring and fall in 2022. Consider joining us for one of our upcoming events:

November 2nd – We will come together for one of our Paint-Alongs, again featuring one of MSAA’s long-time Art Showcase contributors, Hannah Garrison. Hannah will put a spin on this event by leading the group in a card-making painting event. For more information or to register, please visit:

Long-time MSAA Art Showcase contributor Hannah Garrison is an incredible co-host and artist who helps empower participants to make art their own during our Improving Lives Through Art Paint-Along events

December 7th – Our veteran host, Joe Caliva, a long-time docent, will present an inspiring tour through MSAA’s Art Showcase, featuring a direct look at stories from our showcase contributors and the impact art has had on them and their MS journey. For more information or to register, please visit:

In addition to our Improving Lives Through Art series, MSAA recently launched our brand-new Do-It-Yourself fundraising system to make it easy for you to fundraise your own way at any time. In recognition of Giving Tuesday or to capture the spirit of the Holiday Season, the end of the year is an exciting time to recognize your loved one living with MS. The new system features a wonderful opportunity to build a personal page in honor of or in memory of your loved one, while easily sharing to encourage others to donate in their honor. Register a page today at:, and your personal fundraising consultant will connect with you to help make fundraising easy!

If you are not interested in events or fundraising through your personal or professional network, there are still several small ways to make an enormous difference. To learn more about these and other ways to give, please visit and check out the DONATE tab or contact Kevin McGuire at The following are just a few examples of ways to support MSAA:

  • Sign on today as one of MSAA’s Improvers, committing to monthly donations of any size. Being able to count on this income month after month helps MSAA plan programs and services with confidence.
  • End the year right with an end-of-year donation or a gift through your advised fund. These gifts provide a tax-deduction for you while directly supporting MSAA’s mission of improving lives today.
  • Plan to recognize MSAA as a part of your estate? Let us know so we can add you to our Legacy Circle and keep you in the loop about how we will give purpose to these thoughtful gifts. If you are not sure how to get started, check out and see if it’s a good fit for your personal planning.

However you choose to give, MSAA is fortunate to have your support and we love to connect with our donors. Have new ideas for a virtual fundraiser or want to support the planning for one or more of our programs? Contact to get involved!

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