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CaringBridge is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1997 which offers free personalized websites to people facing a serious medical condition or hospitalization, undergoing medical treatment and/or recovering from a significant accident, illness, injury or procedure. Its functionality is similar to a blog. The service allows family members and friends to receive consistent information via a single website, and eliminates the need to place and receive numerous telephone calls. Visitors who are provided the personal Website address (or URL) and password, if required, can read updates on the patient's condition and post their own messages of support and encouragement to the family.
CaringBridge's mission is to "amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier." 
CaringBridge sites make it easier for 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. When visiting an individual’s website, visitors can post messages of support during a significant medical condition, crisis or event.
How it works
Anyone can set up a site for him/herself, a friend or family member. Sites can be accessed on CaringBridge.org, a mobile site m.caringbridge.org, or with an iPhone or Android app. The creator enters basic information about the patient or situation, posts photos, and writes about the current condition. As the situation changes, the creator posts updates to that information. When those updates are made, anyone who registered on that website can receive an e-mail or text message notifying them that an update is posted. Guests can also leave messages for the patient or family in an online guestbook on that site.
Website authors can share journaling and website tasks with a co-author. Co-authors can add journal entries, post photos and change website settings, allowing multiple people to be directly involved in communicating about a health journey.
CaringBridge is a space for personal and private conversations. CaringBridge does not share or sell user information to anyone for any reason. In addition to the standard security features, site authors can choose additional levels of security on their site, including adding a password or creating an approved visitor list. The only way to receive a CaringBridge site name is by requesting it from the person who created the site.
Each day, over half-a-million people connect through CaringBridge. In total, those websites have received nearly two billion visits from family and friends.
CaringBridge was started in 1997 by Sona Mehring when a close friend suffered a life-threatening pregnancy. To keep family and friends informed about the critical situation, Mehring created a website.
The site allowed family members to communicate information to a wide circle of people without disturbing the mother’s need for rest or placing additional demands on hospital staff.
Donations to CaringBridge support the website and do not go to individuals or families.
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- Information links
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- Report on CaringBridge by Charity Navigator Charity Navigator, America's leading independent charity evaluator, has given CaringBridge a top 4-star rating year after year for its sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. According to Charity Navigator, only 2 percent of the charities they rate have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that CaringBridge consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America.