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Caringbridge

Rating: 3.78 stars   27 reviews 2,565

Nonprofit Issues:

Health, Human Services

Address:

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.

Results:

Since 1997, there have been 21.7 million people who registered with CaringBridge and more than 530,000 sites created.

Target demographics:

CaringBridge is dedicated to providing a space for people to rally their community of support during a health event. The CaringBridge community is made up of patients, authors, visitors and/or donors, communicating with friends and family during a loved one's health event.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

In 2014, 72,000 sites were created with 35 million people visiting CaringBridge to support their family and friends during a health journey.

Geographic areas served:

CaringBridge serves people in all 50 states and more than 236 countries and territories around the world.

Programs:

CaringBridge offers safe, private, ad-free websites where you can post health updates during any type of health event as well as organize help for a family in need. Friends and family visit your site to stay informed, leave supportive messages and sign up to lend a hand (meals, rides, caretaking, etc.). CaringBridge services are available to anyone, anywhere, at no cost. These free services are made possible by the generosity of donors and the support of volunteers within the CaringBridge community.

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651-452-7940
www.caringbridge.org

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

this is a site that has great intentions but is now also just money hungry. my sister used this site when she was battling cancer. it was a great way for the family to keep in touch and up to date. sadly now just like everywhere else this is a NON-profit that is solely about profit for the people running it. Sonja Mehring created this website to help a friend in need, but has now in just the last few years given herself over $100,000 in raises. $180,000 a year to head a NON-profit is disgusting.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My mom was diagnosed with cancer and she lives in a very remote area and has few real-life friends. She read that cancer patients have better survival rates if they have a website/blog, so she found caringbridge. It has surpassed all of our expectations of a nonprofit organization. They helped with IT support when my mom decided she no longer wanted certain people accessing her site. It gave her something to do between treatments...she would journal and post plenty of pics of her progress, and family and friends from around the world would support her through the hardest times. I don't know how our family would have been able to get her updates and support her without this site. I would recommend it, hands down, above any other site for anyone having a significant life event. My mom said she would go back and read the posts from people and look at pics people sent her when she was feeling very weak and down. Normally there is always a catch with a good website but there really were no fees, ads, or anything like that. You just need to be aware that if you donate it goes to caringbridge, not to the individual who is using the site. Try it and you won't regret it.

Thanks caringbridge- you helped me be by my mom's side when I couldn't do it physically.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

2 people found this review helpful

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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Role: General Member of the Public
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  

4 people 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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Review from Guidestar
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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