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Causes: Health, Health (General & Financing), Health Care, Human Services

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, more than 675,000 CaringBridge websites have been created. Combined, they have received over 2.1 billion visits.

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 2016, 27 million people visited CaringBridge to support their family and friends during a health journey. Today, every 6 minutes a CaringBridge website is created for someone experiencing a health event.

Geographic areas served: CaringBridge serves people in all 50 states and 236 countries and territories around the world.

Programs: CaringBridge is a global nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health journey. Through CaringBridge you can start a personal website to share important information quickly during any type of health event. Family and friends can stay informed without overwhelming you with endless phone calls, emails and text messages. Plus they can post messages, photos and videos of support and encouragement straight to your website. Thanks to the generosity of donors, personal CaringBridge websites are available to anyone, anywhere, cost free.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for this site. I am able to see what is going on with my dear friend who lives many states away. Caringbridge takes the communication burden off the family while interconnecting all of us who love and support our friend in his time of need.

Caringbridge costs the family nothing which is so wonderful for families who may have extreme financial stress on top of illness.

I am so pleased to donate to this wonderful and loving organization.

May God bless this organization and all the patients and families and doctors caring for them, in Jesus name, Amen.

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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

Review from Guidestar

9

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

1 Clay5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

1 Tracee E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

11

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1 EJayF

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

CaringBridge has been an invaluable resource to my family during the past two years, as my mom has been battling ovarian cancer. We use the free website to communicate with our large extended families and my parents' extensive network of friends. It would be exhausting, if not impossible, to keep all of these people in the loop without CaringBridge. I am constantly told by friends and family how much they appreciate being able to stay updated on my mom's health through CaringBridge. The Guestbook messages give my mom comfort, strength, and encouragement. Our experience of my mom's journey with ovarian cancer would be entirely different without CaringBridge.

Regarding the donations (which some reviewers have complained about), I do know that CaringBridge is willing to refund any donation if the donor misunderstood that the donation would be directed to CaringBridge and not to the patient. That being said, 25 tribute donations have been made in my mom's honor, and I know that every single person who made a donation knew that it was going to CaringBridge. They wanted to give back to CaringBridge because of everything that CaringBridge have given to us. Several people have given multiple donations.

For full disclosure, I began volunteering for CaringBridge several months ago. However, my comments here are related to my experience as a CaringBridge user. Indeed, I would not be giving the organization any of my time if I did not think it is a worthy cause.

9

Client Served

Rating: 1

This company is sitting on a mountain of $4M in cash they've collected from unsuspecting donors... and that is after they pay their staff of 66 employees over $4.4M PER YEAR in compensation!

This company needs to be investigated by the IRS, FTC and FBI. Clearly its core purpose is to enrich the founders and employees by duping people into thinking they are helping other people with medical bills.

I will be contacting the Minnesota attorney general's office about this.

Also, I believe most of the five star reviews on this site and Yelp and others are written by employees... take a look at how they are worded and you will see what I mean. Scammy... very scammy.

9 Catherine37

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

Review from Guidestar

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

Cassie G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is just an amazing site! Being able to bring all their loved ones together in one place at one time. Those who are too far away or those that can't make a daily trip to spend time with the person at the other end of the "CaringBridge". Keeping everyone updated with the SAME information instead of relying on word of mouth, which let's face it, things get misinterpreted or facts gets communicated wrong. This site lets you set the "record" straight and keep everyone on the same page. It also gives the chance for all their loved ones to show love and support which is a key component the good health and healing!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe in CaringBridge purpose in inspiring other people who are sick and those related to them that are also suffering emotionally... although they might not be experiencing the pain, yet they are also affected somehow.

Review from CharityNavigator

1 Celia M.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My husband was diagnosed with late stage cancer several months ago, and we were told by friends about Caring Bridge. It took all of 5 hours for me to realize its value as the various emails poured in following the operation that gave us the unwanted details. I simply could not have kept up with communications any other way. As new people hear of his issue, we just send them to Caring Bridge first so we don't have to constantly retrace things. It is much, much easier for us and leaves the other person better informed.

Since then Caring Bridge has become our primary way of sharing our lives with friends and family. We know of many who go there first each day to see if there is a new post. For us, it is a way to talk about his cancer with some distance and perspective.

They have a Support Planner that can go with it the blog, to list tasks that the Caregiver or Patient may need done, that is also offered free.

Review from CharityNavigator