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You probably wouldn’t guess that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society organizes one of the largest cycling fundraisers in North America.
The society, with a mission to raise money to research a cure for multiple sclerosis, has held the annual two-day bike ride BP MS 150 through Texas for 32 years. About 13,000 cyclists participate in the event annually, and most recently the event raised $20.3 million dollars for MS research.
Coordinating such a large event with thousands of volunteers across multiple locations in the state requires a lot of organization. Inefficient spreadsheets and an in-house system that didn’t let volunteers sign up for their preferred locations and shift times were among the problems.
“We were pulling our hair out trying to keep it all organized,” says Melanie Zumdieck, a marketing engagement specialist for the society.
Eager for a solution, the team turned to SignUpGenius to coordinate their 3,500 volunteers and 150 miles worth of trail.
“The successful use of SignUpGenius for the BP MS 150 and the lift it brought to our volunteer engagement team has led us to incorporate the use of this tool for all events in our region going forward,” Zumdieck says. “This includes over 28 Walk MS events, nine Bike MS events, as well as DIY and other volunteer events.”
We are honored to be able to help the National Multiple Sclerosis society as they work toward curing MS. That's genius!