Our mission is to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
The National MS Society, Greater Northwest Chapter educates, inspires and empowers those affected by multiple sclerosis. We break down barriers – both physical and emotional – in the home, in the workplace and in the community. We build confidence that people with MS can live the best possible lives as individuals, as family members, as employees and as members of the larger community. No other local MS organization provides the breadth and depth of services or involves more people in the movement to bring about a world free of MS.
The Greater Washington Chapter and the Alaska Division of the All America Chapter came together as one chapter in January 2010. The Montana Division joined the Chapter in October 2010. Headquartered in Seattle, the chapter serves over 12,000 people living with MS and more than 72,000 others including friends, caregivers and health care professionals throughout Alaska, Montana and in 23 counties in Western and Central Washington.
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Where the money goes
As efficient, effective stewards of our donors’ contributions, we make sure that more than 78 cents out of every dollar we raise goes directly to improve the lives of people living with MS through programs, services and research. Approximately 22 cents of each dollar is spent on administration and fundraising – a ratio that is better than the average of other successful nonprofit organizations. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward by:
- Funding research and training projects. Our support and services are local, but our vision is global. By raising funds for research, we help ensure a better world today and tomorrow for people who live with MS.
- Providing MS Navigator® services. Just as MS affects each person uniquely, we respond to individual needs. From the young adult newly diagnosed, to the man or woman who has lived with the disease for decades, to the family member caring for a loved one, we are a one-stop source of support, service and advice.
- Informing and educating people with MS about ways to live better with their disease through newsletters, publications, educational seminars and conferences, and at-home teleconferences.
- Supporting emotional health and physical well-being through a network of in-person self-help groups, telephone peer support, online communities and referrals to other wellness services.
- Reconnecting families affected by MS by connecting them to information and services within their community.
- Advocating for local policies and programs in both the public and private sectors to meet the needs of people living with MS, along with providing training and support to MS Activists.
Join the Movement
Every hour in the United States someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men diagnosed with the disease. There is no cure, and MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and 2.5 million worldwide.
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS ... NOW. Together, we are the MS movement.
- We are a driving force of MS research and treatment to stop disease progression, restore function, and end MS forever.
- We develop, deliver and leverage resources to enhance care for people with MS and quality of life for those affected by the disease.
- We are leaders in the worldwide MS movement, mobilizing millions of people to do something about MS now.
- We are activists.
- We develop and align human, business and financial resources to achieve breakthrough results.
Learn more about the Society's 2011-2015 Strategic Response to multiple sclerosis and the goals that have been set to achieve these results.