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National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of multiple sclerosis. The Upper Midwest Chapter serves 17,000 people living with MS and their families, caregivers and health care professionals in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, along with several counties in western Wisconsin and one county in Nebraska.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 1/12/2012
200 12th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1255
Phone: 612-335-7900
Fax: 612-335-7997
EIN 41-0790658
Principal Staff Holly Anderson, President
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 50
Number of Volunteers 4.750
Number of Clients Served 17,000
General Information
Board Chair Michael V. Schrock
Number of Board Members 29
Board meetings with quorum 5
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 20.4
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
In 2011, the Minnesota Chapter provided more than $523,000 in financial assistance to help people with MS maintain independence and overcome financial obstacles that often come with chronic illness, and provided direct support to help more than 4,600 people with MS work with insurance companies, apply for programs, find appropriate housing, learn ways to manage the disease and find solutions to family and employment issues. The chapter also offered opportunities for people affected by MS to connect with others while learning the latest in disease management and research — including 80 groups, 23 exercise programs, 71 educational and social programs and 46 community partner education programs. Throughout the year, the chapter mobilized thousands of people in the MS movement through volunteering, activism, awareness and fundraising events, which raised nearly $7 million in 2011. To continue driving critical MS research aimed at stopping disease progression, restoring function and ending the MS forever, the Society invested nearly $40 million in more than 325 research projects this year, including nearly $1.4 million in research-restricted gifts specifically from the Minnesota Chapter. Perhaps its most notable accomplishment in 2011, the Minnesota Chapter joined forces with the North Central States Chapter — creating the brand new Upper Midwest Chapter of the National MS Society, which serves 17,000 people in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as several counties western Wisconsin and one county in Nebraska.
Current Goals
The following outlines the Society’s 2011-2015 strategic response: • 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 align business, financial and human resources to achieve breakthrough results.
Community or Constituency Served
The Upper Midwest Chapter serves 17,000 people living with MS and their families, caregivers and health care professionals.
Geographic Area Served
Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota along with several counties in western Wisconsin and one county in Nebraska.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $4,794,372 70.6%
Management: $729,629 10.7%
Fundraising: $1,270,833 18.7%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2009
End of Year: $3,299,940 $3,164,339 $3,005,791
Beginning of Year $3,164,339 $3,005,791 $2,923,716
Difference $135,601 $158,548 $82,075
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $3,299,940
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2011
From the Council The North Central States and Minnesota chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society joined together to form a new chapter ― the Upper Midwest Chapter ― and the chapters' financials officially combined Jan. 1, 2012. Financial information provided for 2008-2010 reflect the Minnesota Chapter.
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