CaringBridge

Rating: 3.84 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: 1715 Yankee Doodle Road Suite 301 Eagan MN 55121 USA

Mission: The mission of CaringBridge is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1997, CaringBridge enables healing during times of need through the support of family, friends and caregivers. We believe that transforming an individual's personal connections into a powerful community of hope fosters healing when it's needed most. We provide personal, protected CaringBridge websites--free of advertisting--giving access to: • Journals to share updates. • Guestbooks to offer encouragement. • A Planner tool to help coordinate life's daily logistics.
Results: We work as the catalyst of love and healing for more than a half a million people each day. CaringBridge remains true to its purpose of enabling healing by offering: • Free websites to those experiencing a time of need. • An ad-free environment to all users and visitors. • Your personal information and data will not be shared or sold. • The ability to control the privacy levels on a personal CaringBridge site.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This has been a wonderful way for us to keep our family and friends up to date with what is going on with our youngest daughter who was diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia on 7/29/13 and is still undergoing treatment for the next 1.5 years hopefully. It is a daily struggle but knowing that everyone who wishes to can go online and read about her day is a great help and relief from having to call everyone.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I'm in Ohio.Friend in hosp. in Oregon. They have many briends all over United States. No Way wife could call every day, but thanks to Caringbridge..she "could". It has been wonderful to be Up-to-date on his progress thes 2 plus months. when my son-in-law was in a coma for 7 mo. we were exhausted trying to call people and return ans. maching numbers. oh how we would have had caringbridge. Thans for it I hope it lasts forever and a day. eleanor gerber

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Rating: 1 stars  

Beware! Despite hundreds of complaints, this "nonprofit" refuses to change the Donate portion of their pages to make it VERY CLEAR that the donations to NOT go to the site member - they all go to Caring Bridge.

This is ridiculous. It is dishonest and it's deceitful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This site gives you the ability to share your story and help others in need of emotional support. It also gives you the opportunity to volunteer with a plethora of ways to do so. I love it and I'm positive you will too!

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Rating: 5 stars  

A friend of mine is suffering from cancer. While I don't get to see her to help support her in her struggle, this site is a great way to connect, offer support, and keep up to date on her progress, struggles, etc. When she is down, she can post to this site and then get encouragement from her friends and family. I love the potential this site has to really help everyone to get involved in the fight against cancer and other illness.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything I'd change.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Never before have I ever felt so taken advantage of. During an incredibly difficult family crises I turned to CaringBridge to help with family communication. I was appalled when I found my newly created site had ads and pop-ups all over it, using my personal story as a way to ask for donations. Not to support me or my family during this difficult time, but to support this website.

I had friends and family informing me that when visiting the site they were greeted with annoying pop-up ads informing them that my daughter (by name) needed their finical help. In reality, CaringBridge was using my daughter, her story just yo make money.

I did some research and found that CaringBridge makes millions of dollars every year has has many employees making 6 figure incomes. This profit machine should be ashamed of it's practices.

Needless to say there are may other great alternatives to CaringBridge and I recommend checking them out.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put your cause before your greed.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A little

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first used CaringBridge in 2008 when my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At that time, I lived 1500 miles away from my parents' home in Arizona, and then I moved to Germany in 2010. We were miles and then countries apart, and the site provided a critical and constant connection for us.

Like any family experiencing a health crisis, we needed and appreciated the support from friends and family. Yet Dad and I couldn’t keep up with all the questions and messages of support. Then a friend told me about CaringBridge. Over four years, my mom and I wrote over 100 Journal entries and her site received more than 16,000 visits. Writing in this journal was cathartic for me. Some days I was technical, defining terminology, researching, giving context and clarity to my mom's diagnosis, prognosis and options for treatment and care. On other days, I shared the emotional ups and downs we experienced. With the CaringBridge Journal updates in mind, I asked my mom questions, took notes on everything from doctor visits to what she ate that day, and always chose to look for positives during a difficult time.

CaringBridge was a lifeline that connected us to each other, and to an incredible community of support.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

CaringBridge was an invaluable resource to me, my family, colleagues and dear friends during the year I was battling and recovering from Gastric Cardia cancer (June 2010 - 2011). It would have be exhausting, if not impossible, to keep our network informed without CaringBridge. It is an invaluable private website journal that my 'supporters' had the choice to read and respond to made all the difference in our digital world.

I was referred to use CaringBridge thru a friend. Today I have 6 CaringBridge Sites that I have followed, sad to know that many people who have had the need - so pleased that CaringBridge was available to them too. Six families that have had the opportunity to be supported through this incredible and private journal and messaging resource. I understand CaringBridge has been able to expand their resources to include other support services (meal schedules, etc.) that friends can use to reach out and help the patient and family.

Regarding the donations (which some reviewers have complained about), it is very clear that the donation goes directly to CaringBridge. No smoke and mirrors here: "When you donate to CaringBridge, you help build a world filled with care and compassion." It is no different that when you donate to other charities "In Honor of, or in Memory of" an individual. This is not uncommon, and is a wonderful way to let the person you are paying tribute to know how valuable their communications are during their difficult journey.

I am constantly told by friends and family how much they appreciated being able to stay updated on my health through CaringBridge. It was the year of my 35th HS reunion, an event I had helped organize in the past. Through CaringBridge so many of my HS alums were able to reach out and send inspiration to the woman they had known so long ago. Those friendships long abandoned by busy lives have even revitalized. Such a Blessing. The Guestbook messages gave me comfort, strength, and encouragement. Even today, 3 years later I can look back and see how far I have come from those days and reflect on the support I received from so many - in a private concise journal. Email and Facebook cannot easily provide this private space for reflection.

The Prayers, Support and Encouragement I received using the CaringBridge site was an invaluable asset to my recovery! Thank you CARINGBRIDGE!!

I have worked for 3 non profit organizations during my career. I have no connection to the CaringBridge organization, staff or volunteers. My experience is just that of a member of the general public and someone who has received support through the service provided by the CaringBridge website.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their services - as they seem to have done to include ways to help families receive support for scheduling meal deliveries and other tangible support.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our family first became aware of Caringbridge through other similarly impacted families who had family members impacted by serious medical conditions. Our young son was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, and Caringbridge offered us a convenient and efficient way to keep family and friends informed about his progress as we fought his cancer. It also provided us a source of strength and encouragement as we read messages to bolster our fight along our journey to recovery. It continues to provide support encouragement to us, and we strongly recommend Caringbridge as a worthy charity for those looking to make a donation which will go a long way. Thanks!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I first heard about CaringBridge in 2010 when my adult son was hospitalized with a rapid heart rate and was put on the HeartMate II as he awaited a heart to come available for transplant. This site was invaluable to me at that time. It gave me a way to keep family and friends aware of how he was doing. It gave those praying around the country a place to check in and made it so easy for me as I did not have to worry about omitting anyone.
He received a new heart in August of 2010 and is doing well. Could not have done it with this awesome site.
Then in 2011 I was diagnosed with Lymphoma and a friend began a site for me. I continue to update the same people. I have been cancer free since competing treatment in June of 2011. I Am so grateful for this website and the ease of use.
Thank you CaringBridge for being there.
Donna Blauw
Lake Forest Park, WA

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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