Introducing CaringBridge, a GoFundMe Partner

Navigating the complexities of a health diagnosis and treatment can be overwhelming, emotional and isolating–especially with current social distancing practices and visitor restrictions policies at health care facilities due to Covid-19. From that first communication to loved ones to the subsequent updates and task juggling, life becomes chaotic.  To help alleviate some of the burdens and stress, GoFundMe has partnered with CaringBridge to make life a little easier.

Hundreds of thousands of people turn to CaringBridge every day, after diagnosis, illness, injury, and such chronic conditions as depression, diabetes and dementia. The free, nonprofit social network is a safe, privacy-protected place of help, hope and healing. Patients and caregivers provide online health updates, and family and friends respond with kind words—and helpful tasks through CaringBridge’s Planner. And now, through a partnership between GoFundMe and CaringBridge, visitors to CaringBridge may link directly to GoFundMe medical fundraisers.

CaringBridge is a global nonprofit that offers free, personal, protected websites for people facing various medical conditions to share updates and receive support and encouragement from their community during health journeys. Their service is designed to help bridge the gap of communication and support to address the challenges and isolation of a health crisis from all angles. You can journal and share photos, organize help with tasks, reference diagnosis information, and experience interactive personal dialogues all within a safe space due to your customized privacy settings.

How does it work?

GoFundMe campaigns are often created by family members or friends, on behalf of patients and caregivers. And sometimes patients themselves are in a position to start their own GoFundMe. No matter who started the GoFundMe, starting a CaringBridge site is quick and easy and linking the two platforms is seamless through CaringBridge’s Ways to Help dashboard.

  1. If you started a GoFundMe on behalf of a patient or caregiver, privately encourage them to start a CaringBridge site and link it to the GoFundMe.
  2. If you started the GoFundMe for yourself, start a CaringBridge site and link your GoFundMe. Be sure to include a link to your CaringBridge site from your GoFundMe.

Together, CaringBridge and GoFundMe provide communities with the tools they need to seamlessly support loved ones facing new and on-going health issues. Get the support you need from the number one fundraising platform and largest social network dedicated to health.