Ameriprise Financial Awards $15,000 Grant to National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Grant will support programs and services for people with MS and research for a cure.

Los Angeles, CA, January 14, 2010 --( Ameriprise Financial recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the National MS Society, Southern California Chapter, a Los Angeles-based non profit organization. The grant will support the Chapter’s vital programs and services, which improve the quality of life for the MS community, as well as cutting-edge research focused on finding better treatments and a cure.

The National MS Society, Southern California Chapter was recommended for the grant by Traci Engelman, client service manager in the Ameriprise financial advisory practice of Barry Engelman in Los Angeles. “Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to supporting organizations, like the National MS Society, that share our goal of improving lives and building strong communities,” explained Traci Engelman. “I’m proud to play a role in supporting this worthwhile cause.”

Leon LeBuffe, Southern California Chapter president of the National MS Society said, “We are thrilled that Ameriprise Financial has joined the movement to end multiple sclerosis. We are grateful for their continued support of our Walk MS campaign which raises much-needed awareness and funds to help the 14,500 southern and central Californians living with MS move their lives forward.”

Ameriprise Financial awards grants three times annually under the company’s three funding platforms: Meeting Basic Needs, Supporting Community Vitality and Volunteer Driven Causes. The grant received by the National MS Society is one of 63 grants totaling more than $700,000 which were awarded to organizations across the country during the company’s recent funding cycle.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.1 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2008 alone, through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted over $148 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested over $45 million to support 440 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS Now. Join the movement at

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at or 1.800.FIGHT.MS to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

About Ameriprise Financial Community Relations
Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to utilizing the firm’s resources and talents to improve the lives of individuals and build strong communities. Through grantmaking, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift matching programs, the company supports a diverse group of over 5,000 nonprofits across the country. Additional information on the company and its Community Relations initiatives can be found at

About Ameriprise Financial
Ameriprise Financial, Inc., is a diversified financial services company serving the comprehensive financial planning needs of the mass affluent and affluent. For more information, visit

National MS Society, Southern California Chapter
Marni Deckter, Vice President, Communications
310.479.4456 x112
Traci Engelman