More and more people require medical assistance than ever before. Fortunately, the internet has provided us a means to connect with those who can help.
So, what happens when the above is mixed together?
What is Crowd funding? It’s a collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money via the internet to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.
It’s the Power of the Masses
Here’s an analogy for you – imagine yourself as a drop of water in a cup. That’s not a whole lot of water, right? Now multiple those by a couple hundred drops and you have the equivalent of a 1.2oz water bottle. That’s a bit more volume, right? Now add in a couple hundred more drops and now you can fill a water cooler. It’s the same with crowd funding; if five people donate $1 each, you have $5. Now, ask a million people for $1, and you have one million dollars. That is the idea of crowd funding – one person may not have the funds, but put a large amount of people together, and you suddenly do.
Here are some real world examples: in the late 1880’s, a quarter of a million people donated just under $1 each towards the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, raising $100,000; in 1997 a fans of a British band donated enough money allowing the band to tour various cities of the United States the following year.
Your Donations Lead to their Freedom
This is the basis behind the Handi-Ramp Foundation – collectively pooling money contributions in order to reach a set goal. The fund raise goal and length of time for the fundraiser to be active are determined by the person or persons involved with the event.
Who can contribute? Anyone, really. A brother, sister, aunt or uncle, grandparent, family friend, neighbor, business, church or synagogue, and anyone else looking to donate to a cause (the webpage is set up allowing you to donate to a general cause as well). Those who do not wish to donate can still leave a message of encouragement within a specific page.
Since the Foundation’s web launch a couple weeks back, Handi-Ramp has been able to fulfill the wishes of one Chicago woman who received a wheelchair lift at her Chicago home, allowing her to enter and exit her home without assistance. 100% of the funds were raised online, and her family was presented with the lift – including installation – within a couple weeks of hitting their goal.
Know Someone Who Could use the Help?
Don’t be shy! Call us at (847) 996-6299 or e-mail us thru the Foundation’s contact form. In order to have an official fundraiser page, we’ll need the following:
-What it is you’re trying to accomplish (i.e. portable ramp, wheelchair lift, indoor safety products, etc).
-Brief description of the person receiving your donation.
-Brief description of the area to be installed at (i.e. front door, staircase, bath or shower, etc).
-Both your and their contact info including phone number, e-mail, and address.