Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, states that CaringBridge consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America-differentiating it from its peers and demonstrating to the public it is worthy of their trust.
Mehring’s vision was to create a service that would allow people to connect and show support to ones they love.
sonamehring shares her story:In 1997, good friends of mine had a pre-mature baby. They asked me to let everyone know what was happening. Instead of making emotional and time draining phone calls, I created a website. In fact, the same night their baby Brighid was born the first CaringBridge site was started.CaringBridge instantly became a connection point in ways that were extremely personal and powerful for everyone. The site allowed family members to communicate information to a wide circle of people. They posted daily journal entries and the guestbook enabled visitors to send the family messages of love and encouragement.It was obvious that CaringBridge could help any family going through a health event - not only by letting everyone know what was happening but by bringing that loving, supportive community together. CaringBridge could let them be there without the barrier of when, where and how.
Even when WiFi access is not available, CaringBridge can be accessed on any web-enabled smart phone.
*CaringBridge user data compiled in Google Analytics.
We’re here for anyone facing a health challenge:Accident or serious injuryHeart attack & strokeHospitalizationSurgery & organ transplantHospice careChronic illnessRehabilitation & war injuryMilitary deploymentInternational adoption
Having a CaringBridge site can be equivalent to having 150 hospital visitors a day.
You can update your page, write journal entries and add photos from any device with a connection to the Internet.In addition, a style gallery allows each website to highlight the individual interests and style of the patient. Individuals may choose from over 150 options ranging from fishing, sunflowers, cause ribbon and more.
CaringBridge Outreach Presentation 2012
All about us. Our mission, our history and our vision.2 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Our mission.To amplify the love, hope and compassion inthe world, making each health journey easier.3 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Our history • CaringBridge is a nonprofit founded in 1997 • First and most widely used “caring” social network • Funded by a grateful, engaged community4 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Multiple ways to care Simplify communication during a health journey. Sites - Post health updates and receive support. SupportPlanner - Organize day-to-day support and other helpful tasks.5 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Where our heart is Set your community of support in motion. • Available at no cost • Protected from intrusive advertising • Multiple privacy settings to everyone’s needs • Available online 24/7, accessible to anyone, anywhere6 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Sona Mehring, CaringBri dge Founder & CEO “My original idea was simple. I wanted to connect family and friends facing a health challenge with loved ones, because care and concern can be transformative and healing.”7 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
One tiny baby has inspired hope for millions. Baby Brighid, born three months premature8 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Half a million peopleconnect throughCaringBridgeeach day. That’s a lot of love.9 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
We’re everywhereCaringBridge can be accessed through any onlineor mobile connection. Mobile website iPhone and Android apps provide easy access to loved ones on the go. Notifications Family and friends may receive an email or text message when a new journal entry is made.10 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Craig, Crystal and Ellington “CaringBridge is such a blessing to our family and friends. I love it and hope it’s always there for us to use.”11 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Our global reach Over 44 million people 1 in 10 Americans use have connected via CaringBridge.* CaringBridge in the last 12 months. The CaringBridge community includes families in all 50 states and countries around the world.12 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Beth and her husband, Rick “I may not be able to care for patients physically due to my illness, but I can help them see what CaringBridge has done for me.”13 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
The benefits of connecting • Simplifies communication and encourages love, hope and caring • Sets the community of support in motion • Overcomes physical and emotional distances • Amplifies love and compassion14 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
91% of patients agree:Using CaringBridgemakes their healthjourney easier.* *According to a 2010 CaringBridge Impact Survey.15 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Caregivers benefit, too • Remain part of a community and receive tangible support • Focus on healing and therapeutic needs • Maintain a sense of control during a health event16 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
We’re for everyone CaringBridge can simplify all varieties of health events. • All health challenges: big or small • All conditions: acute or long-term • All ages: babies to grandparents17 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Jason and his wife and son “So many people were pulling and praying for my family and me. It gave me strength for my recovery. I felt like I had to do my best to recover for them.”18 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Every connection amplifies love19 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Together we can makea difference. Families can stay connected thanks to those who donate.20 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
We’re grateful for our donors Your gift ensures people experiencing a health event can connect with their communities of support for as long as they need. You make CaringBridge possible.21 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
“Your gift ensures CaringBridge is available at no cost for families like mine. Shawna and her son Ramsey22 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
It’s simple to startconnecting. Because loved ones and time are important.23 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
It’s simple to start connectingStart a site, set up a SupportPlanner or join a community.25 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Personalizing a site My Story Authors provide an at-a- glance background on the health event. Notifications Authors and visitors can receive e-mail or text notifications for each entry. Journal Health updates can be posted and read through journal entries 24/7.26 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Show support Guestbook Loved ones can leave messages of support that can be read 24/7. Tributes People can make tribute donations ensuring more families can stay connected.27 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
A community of support in motion Our SupportPlanner helps organize day-to-day support and other helpful tasks, like: • Making meals • Provide transportation and childcare during appointments •Doing chores • Offering regular breaks for a caregiver28 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Personalizing a planner Coordinate Care My Story Tasks can be request for Authors provide an at-a- specific background on the glance dates and times. health challenge. Invite Family and Friends Individuals can sign up to support specific requests like child care or bringing a meal. Provide Details Journal has space for Each task instructions making it easy to Health updates can be relay information and request posted and read through support. journal entries 24/7.29 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Mik and Heidi “It’s so much more personal than email or Facebook. People know that it’s there for you and your family. They don’t hold anything back and it’s pretty special.”30 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Join a community • The power of CaringBridge begins with people caring for each other • It’s as simple as: • Visiting a site • Leaving a guestbook message • Signing up for a helpful task31 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
What is the #1 reason people don’t use CaringBridge? They don’t know it’s available.32 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Spread the word. Show caring for others.33 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Amplify love, hope and compassion • Tell someone about CaringBridge • Start a Site or SupportPlanner for someone who needs support • Connect with CaringBridge via Facebook or Twitter • Become an Amplifier • Support the mission by donating34 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Amplifier Hub Amplifiers are a passionate group of volunteers that play an important role in connecting families to CaringBridge. Become an Amplifier. We offer many ways for you to align your passions and skills with our mission.35 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation
Our vision.Caring is amplified throughout the world.36 7/30/2012 CaringBridge Outreach Presentation