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Do you want to help raise money for the MDSC? All you need is the desire to help and the MDSC can help you leverage an existing event or work with you on a fundraising idea that you’re passionate about.

Start a Community Fundraiser

Fundraise for the MDSC in three steps:

1. Choose how you would like to raise funds for the MDSC. Some examples of past Community Fundraisers are below.

2. Apply to register your Community Fundraiser

3. Spread the word! The MDSC will help you promote your Community Fundraiser by providing helpful fundraising tips, a personal fundraising page, and more.

How we will help:

- Offer advice on event planning and expert fundraising tips
- Provide an official MDSC endorsement letter to validate the authenticity of your efforts
- Provide banners, brochures, and other promotional items for your event
- Provide templates for solicitation and thank you letters; give access to our name and logo for your marketing materials
- Set up a personal fundraising page
- Answer your questions and serve as your resource throughout the planning process
- Provide a MDSC singlet (for running or other endurance events)

Examples of Community Fundraisers that you can host to benefit the MDSC:

- Bake sale
- Benefit concert
- Bowl-a-thon
- Car wash
- Coin drive
- Dress-down day
- Fitness class
- Golf outing
- Lemonade stand
- Running, walking, or other endurance event (Race for MDSC)
- Special occasions: consider asking guests to donate in lieu of gifts for a birthday, graduation,wedding, or bar/bat mitzvah
- Sports tournament
- Yard sale
- And many more!

Read examples of some of our successful Community Fundraisers

Contact us at 781-221-0024 ext. 208 or ahaydock@mdsc.org with any questions.

Wedding Favors

Wedding Shoes

On your wedding day, why not thank your guests in the most special of ways? Make a donation to the MDSC in your guests’ honor. Not only will your guests appreciate the gesture, it will make a real difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families.

With a minimum contribution of $250, we can provide you with 4”x4” favor cards for each place-setting with the following message:

With much thought and consideration,
We chose a special way to say
“thank you” for sharing in our day.
In lieu of a traditional favor, we’ve made
A donation in your honor to the
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

In Lieu of Gifts

Planning another kind of special occasion but don’t need a pile of gifts? Instead, make your celebration an opportunity to celebrate people with Down syndrome. Invite your guests to contribute to the MDSC in your honor in lieu of a gift. Their donation will be tax-deductible and support all of the MDSC’s programs and services that people with Down syndrome and their families depend on.

  • Anniversary
  • Baby Shower
  • Baptism
  • Birthday
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • Graduation
  • Holiday
  • Retirement
  • Wedding
  • Work Party

Sample Content Invitation Insert:

Help us make our (INSERT your special occasion) even more special.
In lieu of gifts, we invite you to make a contribution to support the
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

Help us make our [insert special occasion] even more special.
In lieu of gifts, we invite you to make a contribution to support the important work of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress

Visit here to make an online gift in honor of your occasion.  Donations by check can be mailed to MDSC, 20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261, Burlington, MA  01803.

For more information:

Contact: Reaghan Bik
Phone: 781-221-0024 ext. 205
Email: rbik@mdsc.org