Personal Fundraising Websites
It’s often the first question friends and family ask when someone close to them becomes ill. Starting an online personal fundraising website provides an easy and simple way to let friends and family members help and show support.
Being diagnosed with a serious and life-long illness like cancer or MS can bring emotional and physical challenges to both the patient and his or her network of supporters. Often overlooked is the financial burden of illnesses, both in out-of-pocket expenses and potential loss of employment.
A patient diagnosed with a life-long illness often needs $10,000 or $20,000 to cover the medication co-pays, travel costs, meals, transportation and other out-of-pocket expenses associated with getting sick. While many families and friends might bring a meal over to the family or send flowers, by starting a personal fundraiser, donations to the individual can go directly to help offset expenses and fight off financial worries. Friends and family that may live far away can support a loved one and be there in time of need. Also, supporters can leave encouraging notes and comments that can be powerful medicine.
Personal fundraising websites also allow the patient to share information with supporters and keep them up to date. With just a click, they can share photos, milestones, and updates with all supporters.
As a society, we are generous in celebratory moments like the birth of a baby, graduation, or a wedding. But we often don’t know how to help when times are bad. Over the last few years at GiveForward, we have witnessed that people truly do want to help, and the act of giving can be a remarkably empowering experience for the donors and beneficiaries. Often times, they just don’t know the best way to give.
Let your supporters know how they can help by starting a personal fundraising website for yourself.