Why (and how) People Give

Donna (center) with Fern Kaufman and her wife Cheryl at the Hot Chocolate event
  • Workplace giving — this is an easy way to help. You set up an amount you’d like to give with your company and they do all the processing, including sending your money to the Chapter so it can begin helping right away. Last year, the Chapter raised over $170,000 by employees who gave through their employer, which is almost 3% of our annual budget. When I visit workplaces to share information about how people can help, I almost always meet someone who had a friend or loved one with ALS and they are looking for ways to help and find this an easy solution. I am always happy to visit workplaces and share how The ALS Association’s programs assist people living with ALS and how they can help simply by participating in workplace giving. Many people are surprised to learn that employers often match donations, doubling their impact.
  • Monthly giving directly to the Chapter — The Chapter has an online option that allows us to withdrawal an amount you determine each month from your credit card or bank. You never have to worry about writing a check. Every gift makes a difference and adds up over time. Meeting families and seeing firsthand how The ALS Association programs assist them through their journey, I wanted to give to help, too. So I personally chose monthly giving. The Chapter does all the work and I know my gift is helping every day.
  • Charity Miles — NEW this year, The ALS Association has had the great opportunity to partner with Charity Miles. This is a non-profit organization that has garnered support from corporations who are willing to fund charities of choice. Currently, only a select group of charities have been chosen and the ALS is fortunate to be one. It is so easy and the money comes from the corporations, not you! All you need is to walk, run or exercise! Simply download Charity Miles on your smart phone when you walk, run or exercise (indoors or outdoors). You choose the ALS Association and start working out — that’s it! This is another way I have personally chosen to help the Chapter — every time I exercise, whether on the elliptical or a walk/run outside — my mileage is recorded and I earn dollars for The ALS Association. Please consider this easy option to help people living with ALS.
  • Walks to Defeat ALS® — the Chapter holds 7 Walks throughout our service area to raise awareness as well as critical dollars. It’s a fun way to meet others and help. Go to www.alsphiladelphia.org to find a walk in your area. Last year, thousands of walkers helped to spread ALS awareness, raising over $1.2 million!
  • Special events — During the year the Chapter coordinates several events, such as the Roger Kirk Golf outing hosted by Greg Gross, Hot Chocolate and the Annual Luncheon. You can be a part of any of these events as a contributor or volunteer. Our most special event of course is with the Philadelphia Phillies, who have supported the Greater Philadelphia Chapter for over 32 years.
  • Community Partner Events — A Community Partner Event is a fundraising activity that is organized and managed by a family, group, or individual who is acting independently of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter. Examples of Community Partner Events include; golf outings, bike rides, auctions, raffles, etc. This past August, you may have read about or seen Larry Kaplan, a Chapter volunteer, as he travelled across the country doing his own version of an Ice Bucket Challenge. What an inspiration Larry was to those patient families he met and the many people who donated to his effort. So far he has raised nearly $75,000! Every day, creative, motivated people like Larry find ways to raise money to fight ALS through their own events. For more information about doing your own Community Partner Events, email: taylor@alsphiladelphia.org. Between Community Partner and Special events outside of the signature Walk to Defeat ALS, the Chapter raised over $900,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 for our ALS mission.
I’m always happy to see my friend Rhoda at ALS Advocacy

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ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter

ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Covering all the bases in the fight to defeat Lou Gehrig's Disease. Serving eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and all of Delaware.