Caringbridge

Rating: 3.78 stars   27 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.
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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EIN 42-1529394
651-452-7940
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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  

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

This website asks for donations that go directly to the company. If you do not read it carefully you assume you are giving the money to your friends or family that is ill.
Another example of a company making money of people's charity.

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

This site shod be free. I would never volunteer or give money to tho non- profit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The design of the CaringBridge website is very deceiving. They make it LOOK like the "tribute donations" will go toward a particular family when, in fact, the donations go directly into their pocket!! On the top and the sides of the very personal and heartbreaking journal entries they have placed the DONATE buttons!! There are over 40 "tribute" donations to a particular family that I know and I will bet that a good percentage of those donations were intended for the FAMILY and NOT CaringBridge. What is worse, is the FACT that this has been an on-going complaint that CaringBridge refuses to correct!! I am clearly not the first person who has made a donation only to figure out later (after a second, closer look at the "Thank you" email), that I had been DUPED. Had I not looked closer at the email, it would have never occurred to me that CaringBridge pocketed my money. They were great about issuing a refund.

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

Make it VERY clear that CaringBridge donations are NEVER EVER passed onto the families. REMOVE the DONATE links for the personal journals pages!!!! I mean, seriously, how totally deceitful and downright cruel...

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was told by a friend that I should try setting up a Caring Bridge site after my sister was injured in a car accident. Though easy to setup, I quickly realized that was I had done was setup a marketing page for Caring Bridge to use to collect donations. They were essentially going to use my story, my efforts in driving traffic and my friends and family to make money.

I understand that non-profits need to make money but they should not pollute there users sites with ambiguous donation and tribute messages. I will not use or recommend this service again.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My sister had CaringBridge page last summer while she was in the hospital. It was a great way for her to keep in touch with friends and family. This site is a great idea, and we had a very good experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How it did a very valuable service for my family during a difficult time.

Ways to make it better...

nothing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

 
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