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Donation Options

Many ways to donate to make a difference

We make giving to MSU as easy as possible. We offer various platforms and methods for you to invest in our nonprofit. See the options below. Also, see our donation page for other options such as planned giving, IRA giving, and more.

To send a check donation, make checks payable to MSU and mail to 9125 N. Old State Road, Lincoln, DE 19960 USA

Why give to MSU?

There are many reasons why donating to MSU is beneficial to you and to our members. MSU is an all volunteer-managed organization. The maximum amount of your donation goes directly helping myositis patients and their care partners. Also, your donation is tax-deductible in the U.S.

MSU operates on the donations you provide to create new programs and services, as well as continuing to operate those already in existence. We have many plans for the future, but without funding, they will never come to light.

So, we are looking to you, myositis patients, family members, friends, and the public to help us help our members through education, financial assistance, support, and advocacy. You can make a difference with a donation as little as $5. Setting up a recurring monthly donation will have an even larger impact.

We are a nonprofit operated by volunteers, founded by Myositis patients for Myositis patients.

Donate via PayPal Giving Fund

When you donate using the special linked button below using the PayPal Giving Fund, PayPal will not charge any processing fees.

Donate via PayPal

Set up recurring monthly or yearly donations using your PayPal account.

On our website via Credit Card

Want to donate and make your donation in honor of or in memory of someone special? Ability to set up one-time and recurring donations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ways to donate your time and make a difference

Donate your time

As an all volunteer-managed nonprofit organization, we look to other patients, caregivers, family members, friends, and anyone who is interested in myositis, to volunteer their time to help MSU.

Whether you can give one hour a week or 30 hours a week, you will be helping us in our day-to-day operations so that we continue the hard work we have started.

Sign up to volunteer, apply to join us as a board member, and let us know if you are interested in being a support group administrator.

There are many opportunities and we look forward to hearing from you.

Get started today by seeing what your interests are.

Advanced Giving Options

Workplace, IRA, Planned Giving and more

Planned Giving

More information is coming soon.

Contact your attorney to arrange your planned giving. MSU is not be able to offer legal or financial advice.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Offers tax benefits for those who qualify

The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals who are 70 1/2 years old to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their IRA, without that donation being counted as taxable income when it is withdrawn.

To qualify, contributions must come from a traditional IRA or Roth IRA, and they must be made directly to a qualified charitable organization like Myositis Support and Understanding Association.

Employer Gift Match

With matching gifts, you may be able to double your gift contribution to MSU!

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please contact the Human Resources team at your company.

New MSU Myositis Wristbands

Create your own Myositis Facebook Fundraiser

Facebook fundraisers are a great way to utilize the power of your contacts and network to raise funds for MSU.

We believe in the power of our passionate volunteers, members, and supporters and this is why we hope you will create a Facebook Fundraiser sometime this year. You can donate your birthday through a fundraiser or just set one up for event or just because! Contact us if you need help.

In order to help myositis patients, we need to shine a light on Myositis by raising awareness and educating patients, caregivers, physicians, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers on how to recognize the symptoms and react swiftly to diagnose and start treatment, both medicinal and physical therapy. It still takes over 3 years for many to get a proper diagnosis.

As more and more research and clinical trials are focused on Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies, we are working to help match patients with ongoing studies. This impacts all patients as drugs designed specifically for myositis are brought to market.

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When you shop this way, Amazon donates a percentage back to MSU helping us with our fundraising efforts.  You can just shop as usual and still help MSU!

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