b'PPhhiillaanntthhrrooppiiccGGiivviinnggWWhhyytthheeMMuullttiipplleeSScclleerroossiissFFoouunnddaattiioonn??The denition of philanthropy is the desire assistance fund, home healthcare, andto promote the welfare of others, expressed transportation. We receive increased requestsespecially by the generous donation of money for these services on a daily basis. Betweento good causes. MSFocus: the Multiple Sclerosis January and April of this year, we were ableFoundation is fortunate to have so many to provide adaptive equipment to 250 peopleindividuals and companies support their in 36 states; homecare assistance to 39 peoplefundraising eorts. Unfortunately, because of in 29 states; transportation for 113 people;the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those we emergency assistancemeaning rent, electricserve have lost their jobs and find themselves bills and telephone billspaid for 24 people;without health insurance. The stress of these healthcare assistance for 55 people; computeruncertain times also leads to exacerbation of grantsawardedto34peopleandcoolingsymptoms,makingourservicesineven equipment for 451 people has been provided.greater demand. If you are one of the lucky ones You can clearly see how your gifts are makingwhose health and nances are not aected a tangible dierence every day. Clients canby this crisis, we need your support now more attest to how we are supporting their needsthan ever before. inlinewithourmissionandpurpose.InAs a new team member of MS Focus, in these past four months, we are proud to havedoing my own research, I was struck by the oered help to almost 1,000 people livingexcellent operational model of the organization. with multiple sclerosis.To have one office serve as the national As we work passionately to support ourheadquarters is the most scally responsible current needs, we must look to the future.way to run a nonprot organization. Your gifts The greatest gift you can give to a charity thataredirectedtoimprovingthelivesofour is close to your heart, is to remember them inclients, and not to duplicate salaries and oce yourestateplan.Therearemanysimpleoverhead. MS Focus is an organization that ways to do that. One of the best ways to startvalues transparency and donor intent, two of is to let the Foundation know of your intention.the most critical aspects to consider when By completing a short form we are happy tomaking a gift. As a donor, knowing this should provide, we can continue the important workmake you feel secure in your giving choice we are doing well beyond today. Together, weand inspire you to continue your generous can bring about a more secure future forsupport and encourage others to join you. people with MS, we can nd better days. ToBecause we have a variety of programs that learnmoreaboutplannedgivingandouroer necessary support, you can direct your philanthropic eorts, contact me, Traci Allyngift to something specic. At the moment Shur, director of philanthropy at 786-213-0003our critical needs would be our emergency or tracishur@msfocus.org.27 msfocusmagazine.org'