THANK YOU for helping raise funds to build CareSpotlight.com - where everyday people shine the light and raise the bar on the quality of care and services provided for seniors and individuals of all ages living with disabilities, illness, disease, and serioues injuries - nationwide.
Every dollar counts! We would appreciate any contribution that you are generous enough to give! All donors will be listed on our Honor Roll of Donors page (unless you choose to be anonymous).
If it’s not a monetary gift that suits you at this time, please share this appeal with someone you know who might benefit from this resource - or be willing to contribute to our campaign - so that they, or someone they love, can benefit from it in the near future.
There are also other ways to help. Visit CareSpotlight.com today and you can add a review, add a care or service provider, complete a 10-question survey, share your care story, and/or provide general feedback via our contact form. Please also sign up for our email updates!
At the conception of this venture (2012), I spoke with several potential investors about the possibility of funding the design and build of CareSpotlight.com. While they all liked the idea and agreed there is a need for the resource, they encouraged me to launch the site, attract users and generate revenue before they would consider an investment.
Because the completed vision for CareSpotlight.com is comprehensive, interactive, and user-friendly, it is costly to build. Additionally, there are legal and operating expenses to consider.
In speaking with trusted advisors and friends, there was overwhelming support for a crowdfunding initiative with the idea that we can reach people directly who might benefit from a resource of this magnitude. If enough people are able to contribute modest amounts, the result can be just as powerful as one or two large investments.
In addition, we believe that the mission of CareSpotlight, and our promise to deliver a high-quality and transparent product, outweighs the guarantee of a short-term return on investment sought by typical funding sources.
Over the last 20 years, I have been the primary advocate for several family members with various medical conditions, illnesses and special needs, that have required me to make difficult decisions regarding an array of care and service providers (outside of doctors and hospitals), including: long-term residential facilities, in-home health care, hospice, physical rehabilitation facilities, physical therapy, supported employment, transportation, recreation and respite, and legal and financial advisors.
I was, and continue to be, disappointed by the lack of online comprehensive care/service provider directories with consumer reviews focused on various populations and circumstances.
My love for family and overwhelming desire to access necessary information in order to make well-informed and confident decisions regarding their health, safety and overall well-being has been the inspiration for CareSpotlight.com.
However, I have continued working towards this goal because I know that I am not alone in this quest for information, and my hope is that by banding together, we can improve the lives of those in need of care and the lives of their families, loved ones and advocates.
All review sites are not created equal! We have been working tirelessly designing a unique resource that will connect everyone in need of the information and platform that we plan to provide. We do not want to limit access to only those who can afford an annual membership. We understand that many of the very people who need this tool are also facing difficult financial times due to declining health, an inability to generate income and mounting medical bills and associated costs.
People have asked me why CareSpotlight is not being funded by grants. We are not a nonprofit. The foundations and other potential sources of grant money support many of the same organizations that will be subject to public review via CareSpotlight.com. This inherent conflict of interest pushed us away from relying on traditional nonprofit funding. Our business structure ensures objectivity for our users, and this is imperative to our mission.
My professional background includes marketing, public relations, sales, and business development. Many years of experience - in various roles, for several organizations - have allowed me to define and feel confident in the model that I have constructed for the launch and development of CareSpotlight.com.
The CareSpotlight.com team and I truly appreciate your support more than words can express.
Since, we have successfully added more than 25,000 care and service providers - nationwide - to our directory and have made significant progress. However, to be clear, this information is not yet published on the site.
Because a custom-built directory was not in the budget, we settled on a lower-priced generic directory software program and had it modified. Unfortunately, after a tremendous amount of time and patience, the software creator admitted the program was deeply flawed and refunded the majority of money spent.
Since, I have found a Cleveland website and design company that is able to fix the issues, work with the information that has so far been compiled and take over the project. In order to do this, CareSpotlight needs to raise an additional $10k.
In the meantime, we have been working on building content for the site and social media in an effort to continue to give users helpful information and attract potential sponsors.
We also have launched CareSpotlight Patient/Resident Advocacy Services on a local basis – Northeast Ohio. This work compliments the mission of CareSpotlight and has allowed me to continue to build the content of the site and help individuals and families directly.
We continue to seek to raise funds, awareness and connect with both businesses and individuals for sponsorship and investment opportunities.
We also are continuing to collect reviews, provider listings and more that will be published when the directory goes live (go to website to do this).
If you are interested in helping to take CareSpotlight to the next level, please make a donation today, help spread the word and/or contact us (all information listed on our website.)
Thank you kindly for your support!
1. The website has been updated with a new look and more content. While I am raising money to build the full site, I will add content when possible and post updates, etc. Visitors can submit information, including (but not limited to) provider reviews and events they would like to promote.
2. A national press release went out about the campaign that you can find on www.carespotlight.com under "CareSpotlight in the News". I am now following up with media.
3. We are working to connect with potential sponsors and investors - companies and individuals who believe in our mission.
Thank you for your support!