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Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network is a 501(c)(3) grassroots organization that began in 2009 for the sole purpose of supporting and educating the bleeding disorder community.

Results: WBDN has established itself as the best connection to Wisconsin's bleeding disorders community. We offer programming several times each year, including weekend retreats for men with hemophilia and women who are diagnosed with a bleeding disorder as well as mothers and spouses of those diagnosed. We serve the entire circle of caregivers, not just parents and patients.

Target demographics: Members of the bleeding disorders community as well as their families and friends.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 400 individuals in the bleeding disorders community

Geographic areas served: Wisconsin

Programs: education for those diagnosed with hemophilia and their families. We provided emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, auto repairs, transportation, and education. WBDN provided opportunities for those with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders to come together to network and learn from one another.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network (WBDN) is a foundation that prides itself on honesty, integrity and transparency. As an member of the home care industry, it is inspiring to see that the donations we have made to WBDN over the years translates directly into community support. They are a foundation that truly has their population at heart and acts selflessly to help those in need and provide them with education and information. Please support this great foundation so that they can continue to support those who truly need help!

Elaine37

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have been there for my family and when we needed help

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has done so much good work with the bleeding disorder community. The leader has spent many years working with the community. She spends many hours helping others. The people who are having problems with bleeding disorders are within a call away from getting help from this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was really glad to find WBDN when we did. I was a new mom with a new little hemophiliac, and they made my entire family feel welcome and educated. Every meeting we go to we learn something new, and make new friends! We're so very grateful for everything they do!

Stephanie157

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization!!! They are family to us! We are at the biosafety of illinois and Wisconsin and we are truly blessed to be able to be involved. Kids are always comfortable and now really blossoming in getting involved and talking and being apart of the group. My son with hemophilia A severe and von willebrands has def learned to grow thanks to this organization

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has filled a huge need in Wisconsin. It is nice that they have events for adults. My son is 22 and has formed life long relationships with some of this group. Keep up the GREAT work!

Michelle231

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a state, national, and international advocate for people with bleeding disorders as well as having one, I am monumentally impressed by and thankful for WBDN. I truly believe that WBDN is the true voice for individuals with bleeding disorders in Wisconsin and that their kind and compassionate services enable patients to interact with one another in free educational and fun events. To have an organization that provides free networking opportunities for the community is exceptionally amazing. Thank you WBDN for helping the bleeders of Wisconsin find their voices and supporting them in all ways.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I do not have a bleeding diorder, not does anyone in my family. However through WBDN, I have gained so much knowledge of what some of the various bleeding disorders are that some of my friends and their families suffer and how they deal with them on a day to day basis. I've also seen how they do not let their health issues limit their activities and that is because of what the WBDN has taught them in dealing with day to day life. This organization is one of the most educating organizations that I have ever come across and they make their knowledge available to anyone who asks, but more importantly, are their for those in the community who need support and help. Great organization and one that I am willing to support even though my family is not affected directly with these diseases. Thank you WBDN for sharing your educational information with non-bleeders. We all need to learn and be aware of what others are going through. Elaine Krohn

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Wisonsin Bleeding Disorders Network since it's beginning. Many times over, I have seen the good it does in the bleeding disorders community. The valuable information and support they provide is outstanding! I have attended many of WBDN's educational events, and am always impressed by the information that is shared. I have been involved in the bleeding disorders community for 24 years, and thought I knew just about all there was to know. I always leave an event feeling greatfull that there are people like Darcy in the world. I have been involved with 3 nonprofits in the bleeding disorders community, and Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network is by for the best.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being the grandmother of grandsons with hemophilia, I must say that the support and services that WBDN makes available to this community is most note worthy. 24 hrs on call for anyone who needs help or assistance with referrals or information, or some times just needs an ear to listen, is sure to get it from WBDN. Great Community support and activities, both informational and fun, at least once a month, but usually more than that.
This is a very hands on non-profit...always looking for more ways to serve the community. Members do not have to pay ..... A BIG SHOUT OUT to WBDN!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network serves far beyond it's hometown.
I have gotten help and encouragement from Darcy through the years & I'm in another state.
I've been given resources, educational materials, Extra items to make infusing my son easier when he lost his favorite band, We have gotten small items to cheer the kids up when they had a rough time in the hospital. WBDN is wonderful and is always looking for more ways to get education, outreach & support to the community- both close & far.

Denise47

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has Von Willibrand type2b and WBDN has done so much for me and my family!! Their events are always extremely educational and I get so much out of them. I've also come to know alot of people in the bleeding community through WBDN which sets me at ease and help me feel not so alone!! I am extremely grateful for all that they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network is all about service. This non-profit provides valuable information about how to live with a bleeding disorder. WBDN is well organized and managed. It provides opportunities throughout the year for families to gather and share their successes and struggles about managing hemophilia and other blood disorders.

Patricia38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is incredibly difficult to express in a short paragraph, my feelings and thoughts pertaining to the WBDN. I found the network though Facebook, and follow their page on a daily basis. As I do have close friends who do suffer from a bleeding disorder, I must stay in tune with what the network is accomplishing. As I continue to see the time, effort, and great passion that is put into the WBDN by its executive director, Ms. Darcy Zwier, I fully understand how fortunate the network and its community are to have such an intelligent, passionate, and dedicated woman as their leader. Ms. Zwier, and the WBDN, deserve the attention and nomination for giving back to the community. I remain grateful to be a connected with their community.

Jessi3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I knew I wanted to get involved with WBDN when it was still an idea being brought to life! I was absolutely honored to be asked to serve on the board. The old guard organization was not serving its community as I feel it should have. I wanted to be a member of an organization that listens to, values, respects and is responsive to the needs of it's community. WBDN does all this and more. When families come to us in need, we give as generously as we can. We strive to create new and exciting ways to connect members of our community. We use feedback on programming to influence future programs. I am happy to be a part of an organization that doesn't ostracize non-affected parents when their affected children reach the age of majority.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen the positive effect WBDN has had within the bleeding disorders community. They are a small, very well run organization operating on a limited budget that strives to reach out to those in need. They are an excellent model of efficiency, compassion, and commitment that larger organizations in the community should emulate.