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Golden Circle


Golden Circle Golden Circle members are fueling progress by annually giving $1,000 or more to the National MS Society. The Golden Circle is comprised of a nation-wide community of leaders who share a passion for a world free of MS. A leading benefit of Golden Circle membership is the opportunity to connect with these remarkable individuals nationally and in your local area. Golden Circle members are also connected to updates and information about the advances in research and care that are most meaningful to them.

Golden Circle members are making an exceptional impact in the MS movement. Together, we are acting with urgency to find solutions and change the world for people affected by MS:

  • Each person can live their best life with more connections to information, resources and others with shared experiences. Each person affected by MS, including their families and loved ones, can connect 24/7 to the most comprehensive and reliable information and resources available, whether online, in-person or via telephone.
  • We fund more MS research that any other MS organization in the world.
  • There are more therapies specifically approved for treating and managing MS, and there are more potential MS therapies in development today, than at any other time in history.
  • The voices of people affected by MS are heard and drive change wherever it is needed. More than 75,000 activists across the country have united to secure millions of dollars in government research funding over the last six years.

Golden Circle $1 Million Year End Challenge

This year, several Golden Circle members have created an unprecedented $1 million Golden Circle Year-End Leadership Challenge fund to ensure that vital advances in research and treatments not only continue, but accelerate. These individuals would like to challenge you, and all those committed to the MS movement, to make a significant impact this year by supporting the mission with a monetary gift to Golden Circle. If Golden Circle donors contribute $1 million by December 31st, the Society will be ensured an aggregate of at least $2 million— that’s $1 million in additional funds to help fuel incredible progress!
Our utmost thanks to the Steve and Caroline Kaufer family, the Kenrose Kitchen Table Foundation, William and Linda Monahan, the L.P. Brown Foundation - Special Fund, the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation and Bill and Cathy Onufrychuk for their bold challenge and inspirational commitment.


The Golden Circle was created in 1993 as the Southern California & Nevada Chapter’s elite annual gift campaign. Since that time, individuals, foundations and corporations have contributed millions of dollars to:

  • accelerate the development of more effective MS treatments
  • search for the cause and cure of the disease
  • expand the Chapter’s local programming for people with MS

As a member of Golden Circle, you carry on a tradition from the Society’s founder, Sylvia Lawry, who raised $100,000 in 1946 from friends and family members in her community to try to find an answer to the puzzle of this unpredictable disease.

Recognition Levels

Golden Circle honors compassionate donors and leaders in the movement to end MS. It is the best way to make a difference in moving us closer to a world free of MS. We hope you will consider giving at one of our giving levels.

Circle of Distinction  $1,000,000+
Angel  $500,000-$999,999
Benefactor  $250,000-$499,999
Patron  $50,000-$249,999
Sponsor  $10,000-$49,999
Friend  $5,000-$9,999
Leader  $2,500-$4,999
Member  $1,000-$2,499

*Contributions of $10,000 or more will be acknowledged on the Chapter’s Donor Wall.

Members of Golden Circle

Golden Circle members lead by example, making a powerful statement and demonstrating their commitment to the:

  • Cause
    Restricting your gift to the Chapter’s Greatest Need enables us to dedicate money where your local community needs it most.
  • Care
    Restricting your gift to Local Programs and Services helps to fund client programs that provide critical knowledge and improve the lives of those with MS to ensure independence and to optimize quality of life.
  • Cure
    Restricting your gift to Research supports dedicated researchers who are seeking the cause, treatment and cure for MS.

Since its founding, the Society has committed more than $820 million to find the cause, treatments, and cure for MS. On average, nearly $10 million is directed to local institutions including UCLA, USC, Loma Linda University, and the Brentwood Biomedical Research Center.

Golden Circle provides invaluable assistance more than 19,000 people with MS and 133,000 family members and friends throughout Southern California and Nevada.

Your Commitment to Join the Movement

When you give to Golden Circle, your gift directly supports the MS community. Please put your compassion to work by ensuring that your name appears among the distinguished Golden Circle individuals, organizations, businesses and civic leaders.

Contact Us

For more information on supporting Golden Circle, please contact Elicia Lopez, Development Director, Annual Giving at 310-479-4456 ext. 66111 or


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