MDA Partnership

DECA is very proud of our more than 25-year partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)! This partnership is the hallmark of our programming and instruction in community service – a foundational principle of DECA.

Every year our members and advisors give generously to support MDA and organize community events that benefit MDA. These community events are often the basis of our chapters’ “Community Service Project” entries.

Over the course of our partnership, DECA members and advisors have raised over $5 million to help MDA provide free accessible summer camps for thousands of “Jerry’s Kids,” medical services at 225 MDA clinics nationwide and the scientific research to find a cure for muscular dystrophy!

Thank you again, for your continuing support of this important partnership.

MDA Challenge

This year, the Michigan DECA Executive Council has united with 25 state associations in implementing an exciting fundraising initiative for MDA. This initiative known as “The Movement,” is a student-led effort to raise the bar in terms of what the world thinks students can accomplish. On behalf of Michigan DECA and the National Officer Team, we extend to you an invitation to join this exciting endeavor.

For this school year, the Michigan DECA State Officers have set a goal to collectively raise $45,000 for MDA. If your chapter has not previously raised funds for MDA, we encourage you to join this effort and set a goal of raising at least of $500. If your chapter has been successful at raising funds for MDA, we ask you to strive to raise more than the $800.

All chapters raising more than $200 will be recognized on the Michigan DECA website and in Spotlight on DECA. Chapters raising $850 or more will be awarded a plaque at the State Conference.

Michigan DECA State Officers will conduct a MDA Miracle Minute at the State Leadership Conference, each District Conference, and the State Conference.  The goal is to collect as much money as possible during a one minute countdown.  Encourage everyone to bring a donation!  Money collected will count towards our state’s contribution to MDA.

MDA will assist chapters every step of the way along your fundraising journey. By participating in this challenge, you’ll be helping to make a concrete difference in the lives of people in your community. Just $800 will send one student to an MDA camp – for a chapter of 30 members, that’s only asking each member to raise $20, for a great cause.

Chapters can raise their contribution in the manner that best fits their local needs. This could range from a canister drive in your school store to pledge drives. These pledge drives should focus on one of three areas of fundraising, for example, any type of ‘a-thon’ activity, lock-ins, and super dances. MDA will provide promotional materials, and the MDA office will work closely with the DECA groups providing support in helping to develop a marketing plan for these fundraising events.

Chapters participating must submit the amount of money raised, to their local MDA Office before February 28, 2017 on the Fund Verification Form. Funds submitted after February 28th will be counted with next year’s campaign.