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Sources of Support


We all share a vision for the future — a world free of multiple sclerosis. Our commitment to that vision is unwavering and comprehensive. Whether it's driving collaborative research on multiple continents, connecting someone newly diagnosed with an MS Navigator, or advocating to drive change for people with MS —no one has to face MS alone. The National MS Society is here to be a supportive partner to everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.

Achieving our mission, and ultimately ending MS forever, requires reliance on a broad base of support. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people give generously to the National MS Society. In fact, the large majority of our funds come from people making contributions of less than $100.

Our sources of support include the following:

  • Special Events: The Society offers hundreds of special events throughout the year to engage participants and fundraisers critical to supporting the mission. Approximately 54% ($104 million in 2023) of the Society’s total annual revenue is raised through special events, including Bike MS and Walk MS events.
  • Individual Giving: Generous donors provide a substantial source of funding toward the mission. Approximately $60 million was donated in 2023 through individual and planned giving donors, approximately 31% of the Society’s total annual revenue.
  • Pharmaceutical Support: Pharmaceutical company funds account for less than 5% of the overall funding that support Society program services, including our national magazine, Momentum.
  • Corporate Support: Corporations across the country support the Society mission through sponsorship and underwriting, corporate gifts, employee matching programs and volunteerism grants, in-kind contributions, and more.  Corporate support accounts for approximately $7 million per year or approximately 4% of the Society’s total annual revenue. 

The Society is dedicated to ending MS forever by uniting the MS movement — individuals who raise money, volunteer their time, participate in events, conduct cutting edge research, advocate for change, and provide critical programs and services to families affected by multiple sclerosis.

We forge partnerships with all those who share our vision, including MS organizations around the world, the National Institutes of Health, universities and medical schools, corporations, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Our collective commitment and resources will enable us to achieve a world free of multiple sclerosis faster.


© 2024 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its Identification Number (EIN) is 13-5661935.