CaringBridge

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CaringBridge.org
Type Health Crisis Information Portal
Founded 1997
Structure 14 Board Members

66 Paid Staff

Leadership Sona Mehring, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Governance Janice Aune, Chair of the Board
Field Health Crisis Support
Scope Provide communication portals to families and friends during significant health crises
Website www.CaringBridge.Org

CaringBridge is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1997, which offers free personalized websites to people facing various medical conditions, hospitalization, medical treatment and/or recovering from a significant accident, illness, injury or procedure. The service allows family members and friends to receive information. Visitors who are provided the personal Website address (or URL) and password, if required, can read updates on the patient's condition and post messages to the family.

Purpose[edit]

CaringBridge allows patients, caregivers, families and friends to exchange information about a patient's medical condition on an ongoing basis. The websites are designed to become conduits between patients, their families, friends, neighbors and colleagues.[1] When visiting an individual’s website, visitors can post messages of support during a significant medical condition, crisis or event.

Privacy[edit]

CaringBridge is qualified to display the TRUSTe and HON Code privacy seals because of its privacy policy and business practices.[2]

History[edit]

CaringBridge was created in 1997 by Sona Mehring when a close friend suffered a life-threatening pregnancy. The site was intended to keep family and friends informed about the friend's situation.

  • 1997: Sona Mehring creates the first site
  • 1998: More than 50 sites are established
  • 2000: Donor supports begins
  • 2001: Board established
  • 2002: Nonprofit status is granted
  • 2005: Donations top $1 million
  • 2006: More than 5,000 sites established
  • 2007: First national media coverage
  • 2009: Spanish-language access is created
  • 2010: CaringBridge.org visits top 1 billion
  • 2012: 132,000 donors; 110 volunteers
  • 2013: Visits to CaringBridge.org total 46 million

CaringBridge is headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota; in 2012, it had 66 employees.[3]

Revenue[edit]

The website and mobile apps allow users to make donations, which are termed "tributes", in the name of specific individuals. The donations support CaringBridge and are not disbursed to individuals or families.

Total Revenue:

2013 – $8,339,743.00

2012 – $7,662,118.00

2011 – $8,535,425.00

2010 – $7,895,101.00

Affiliations[edit]

CaringBridge is a member of the National Health Council.[4]

CaringBridge is listed as an accredited Better Business Bureau (BBB) charity.[5]

CaringBridge is affliated with Community Health Charities of America.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connections between different personal groups: Newsweek cover story, April 17, 2007, [1]
  2. ^ CaringBridge privacy policy
  3. ^ Prather, Shannon (June 25, 2012). "CaringBridge connects hearts". StarTribune (Minneapolis, MN). 
  4. ^ National Health Council membership: NationalHealthCouncil.org website.
  5. ^ BBB.org CaringBridge report
  6. ^ [2]

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