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"The critical question asked by a visionary organization is not ‘How well are we doing?’ or ‘How can we do well?’ or ‘How well do we have to perform to meet the competition?’ For these organizations, the critical question is 'How can we do better tomorrow than we did today?'"
              - Jim Collins, author, Good to Great

Joe Piper

Joe Piper, Chair

While Collins’ book inspired countless companies to strive for greatness, they could just as easily have taken a lesson from the Greater Washington Chapter of the National MS Society.

By constantly striving to do better tomorrow than they did today, our Chapter has succeeded in making a profound difference in the lives of people living with MS. A few examples:

  • Creating and implementing truly visionary programs for those living with MS.
  • Increasing revenues over the past five years by more than 130% from $2.4 million in 2002 to $5.6 million today. In the past year alone, revenues grew by 12%.
  • Recruiting outstanding Board members, dedicated volunteers, and top-notch staff.
  • Growing our signature fundraising events. My still-tender muscles from the Group Health MS Bike Tour are a reminder of that event’s remarkable success in drawing 1,800 cyclists and raising more than $1.25 million, a 50% increase in just three years.
  • Leading all National MS Society chapters across the nation in key measures of success in revenue growth, in fundraising efficiency (with 85 cents of every donor dollar going directly to education, care and assistance, programs and research) and in staff-to-revenue ratio (meaning we do more with fewer staff, utilizing more volunteer talent than other chapters in the country).
  • Advocating locally and nationally for changes in policies to make life better for those living with MS.
  • Awarding more scholarships to students living with MS.
  • Raising awareness of MS among the general public thanks to our highly visible ‘Why Here?’ campaign.

Not content with these achievements, the Greater Washington Chapter continues to ask “What can we do better tomorrow?” As much as we have achieved, much more can and must be done.

For the past six years, it has been an honor and a privilege to be part of a remarkable Movement that is changing the world for people with MS. As a member, officer and Chair of the Board of Trustees of this great organization, I have been touched by the love and dedication of those around me. I will continue to be involved and look forward to seeing what we can all do better tomorrow.

Joseph K. Piper
Board Chair

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