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The National MS Society helps each person affected by MS in our area address the challenges of living with MS. We help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward.

Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Through our chapter’s support services and educational programs for people living with MS and their families and friends, we help connect people in our local communities who want to do something about MS now.

  • We offer many programs — including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.
  • Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends, corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.

Chapter history

The Greater Washington Chapter and the Alaska All America Chapter came together as one chapter in January 2010 to form the Greater Northwest Chapter. The Montana All America Chapter joined the Greater Northwest Chapter in October 2010, and then in January 2014 the Chapter grew again with the integration of the Inland Northwest Chapter. Headquartered in Seattle, the chapter serves nearly 15,000 people living with MS and more than 89,000 others including friends, caregivers and health care professionals throughout Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana, and Washington.

 

As efficient, effective stewards of our donors' contributions, we make sure that more than 77 cents out of every dollar we raise goes directly to improve the lives of people living with MS through programs, services and research. Approximately 18 cents of each dollar is spent on administration and fundraising – a ratio that is better than the average of other successful nonprofit organizations.

This means more of your donations and fundraising goes to help people affected by MS.

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