Ways you can Donate to MSU

Donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.

MSU is a patient-centered, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. We make giving to MSU as easy as possible by providing you with various options.

Rare Disease Day Giving

Use a checking account, credit card, PayPal, Google Pay, or Apple Pay

Make a one-time donation or set up a recurring monthly donation using convenient payment options for you. Make your donation in honor or in memory of someone special. Donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.

Choose Monthly to support the work we do all year long!

Donations are processed securely through our partnership with Give Lively.

Rare Disease Day 2021

PayPal Giving Fund

Use this for one time PayPal donations through the PayPal Giving Fund. No fees are deducted so we receive 100% of your online donation. It’s fast and easy, and you do not have to have a PayPal account to use this option.

By Mail

Mail your check payable to MSU to Myositis Support and Understanding Association, 9125 N. Old State Road, Lincoln, DE 19960 USA. We will send a tax receipt when the form below is included with your donation.

Donate by voice with Amazon Alexa

Do you have an Alexa account? Simply say “Alexa, make a donation to Myositis Support and Understanding Association” and follow the guide from there. So easy and so helpful! See tips on donating with Alexa.

Text to start your donation

Another easy way you can start your donation is via text message. Simply text the word MYOSITIS to 44-321 to start your mobile donation.. Then, follow the prompts. A great option if you are busy!

Donate on the MSU Facebook Page

Facebook no longer charges nonprofits processing fees when you donate!

Make your donation on our Facebook page and share with your friends.

Donate on Facebook Create a Facebook Fundraiser

Memorial Funds

Donations made to a memorial fund are restricted for that funds use.

Mary Jane DeLauder Memorial Fund

Mary Jane Thurmond DeLauder (MJ) of Indialantic, Florida, an advocate for patients all of her life, passed away in June 2019 after living with the rare disease inclusion body myositis (IBM) for 25 years. Her passion for welcoming and educating was well-known throughout the myositis community. That’s why we can think of no better way to honor and remember her than to establish this memorial fund to help IBM patients and caregivers attend the TMA Annual Patient Conference in her name.

Learn MoreDonate to this fund

Planned Giving

Contact your attorney to arrange your planned giving. MSU is not 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.

Other ways to give

Use the Round Up App and donate your change to MSU

Use the Round Up app and automatically donate the change from your rounded up debit or credit card purchases to Myositis Support and Understanding Association. You have full control. Set the minimum and maximum monthly amounts and privacy settings. This is an easy way to automatically donate and help continue supporting the patient-centered work we do.

Amazon Smile

Anytime you shop Amazon, be sure to put a SMILE in front!

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!

More ways to shop and earn

We have registered with several programs where you can shop online and earn donations for MSU. See more of these opportunities below.


Do you have a contact for a company who would mutually benefit in sponsorship opportunities with MSU?

It’s all about who you know sometimes. We invite you to always share who we are, what we are doing, and invite anyone interested to contact us to learn more. Anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Jerry Williams.

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