If you were going to recommend an MS related organization for charitable donations or financial support, which one(s) would you choose and why?
My purpose for posting this question is twofold. Firstly, it will provide an opportunity to educate others in terms of organizations that do exist and the work that they do, along with an assessment of forum members’ priorities in terms of supporting these organizations.
The other reason revolves around pure fantasy on my part. I bought a few lottery tickets for Mega Millions the other day when the jackpot was $254 million. In my state, after taxes, taking a lump sum distribution would amount to $115 million. Even splitting this prize with my sisters would leave an obscene amount of money which certainly would be enough to make a significant difference for organizations that support MS.
There is also the Charity Pledge, founded by Warren Buffett, to encourage wealthy individuals to pledge at least 50 % of their wealth to charity. So far, he has had a good degree of success in his efforts; perhaps some of these individuals have some personal connection to MS and receiving information from a group such as this might help to steer a portion of their pledge where forum members see the best bang for the buck.
No one hit the jackpot on the New Years Eve drawing, so the prize has now gone up to $290 million. Think of all the good that amount of money could do!
So what are your priorities and favorite organizations? Disease research, treatment research and development, MS awareness, assistance program for MS patients and their families or something else?
It is my hope that people ponder this seriously with feedback generated over time after careful consideration and research.