Sudden and unexpected medical problems are both physically and mentally exhausting, not to mention expensive, especially when you do not have insurance. According to a study done by NerdWallet Health in 2013, 1.7 million Americans live in a home that will be forced to declare bankruptcy due to the family’s inability to pay for medical bills. Whatever situation you and your family may be facing, from ALS to cancer to a necessary organ transplant, the road to recovery is littered with medical bills.
Fortunately, for people wondering how to pay for medical bills without insurance, crowdfunding can help. Donations can make a significant dent in any financial struggle resulting from costly medical expenses.
Power in the Crowd
You may be asking, but how can crowdfunding help my situation? Crowdfunding has gained popularity in recent years due to its ability to connect worthy causes to willing potential donors. Not only does crowdfunding make it easier for friends and family to donate to your cause as well as check up on the progress of the beneficiary, it also connects your cause to potential donors that you have never met, expanding your pool of donors exponentially.
- No family or individual should have to face a scary medical situation without the support of friends and family.
- Crowdfunding can deliver both emotional and financial support when you’re facing unexpected medical situations.
- Supplementing an offline fundraising event with your online campaign is an ideal way of bringing in as many donations as possible.
Fundraising Ideas to Help Pay for Medical Bills
- A Run for Your Money
If you are trying to help a family member or a friend out with medical bills and you’re looking for a challenge, try participating in an ultra marathon. You can ask for sponsors from your own network of friends, family and colleagues, who pledge to donate an allotted amount for each mile you complete. All donations can be made via your online campaign. Don’t forget to keep people updated with any news regarding the beneficiary.
- Fun For the Whole Family
Host a community picnic at a local park with games like cornhole, sack races and watermelon-eating contests to bring everyone together to support your cause. You can whip up some sandwiches, fruit salads and cheese platters for everyone to enjoy while they chat, hang out or play games. Charge a donation for the admission price via your online campaign, which will give the donor access to as much food as they want. You can even charge a small amount for the games to bring in more funds.
- A Game of Chance
Bingo is a fun game to play with a large group of people, which makes it perfect for a fundraising event. To pull off this fundraising event you will need bingo supplies, which can be purchased or can even be homemade, since a lot of websites offer free printable bingo cards. Next, you will need to secure a venue that can seat a large amount of people comfortably. People can purchase bingo cards via online donations to your campaign. Specify the amount for single card or unlimited cards via an update on your campaign page. If you want to add more incentive, give winners tickets that are redeemable for fun homemade prizes.
Two Great YouCaring Medical Fundraiser Examples
- DIY Pop-Up Restaurant
Eden Brewer decided to share something special with her community by cooking up a few batches of her favorite food, tacos, as a fundraising event. Eden has been battling Leukemia for over a year but remains excited to experience a fulfilling childhood. Unfortunately, medical bills leave a dent in a family’s finances. The Brewer family organized a pop-up taco shop at a local restaurant that brought together neighbors for a tasty snack and rallied support for Eden and her battle.
- Break a Sweat
Spinning has become increasingly popular in recent years as a fun way to get in shape. Indoor cycling classes usually feature fun and loud music paired with an enthusiastic instructor to get those legs moving. Glenn Hartrick was involved in a serious crash that left him paralyzed from the chest down but in the spirit of compassion his friends hosted a spin class to help pay for his medical bills. The spin class was paired with bag giveaways and other swag such as water bottles, and Glenn’s campaign page has already brought in more than $10,000 for his cause.
Start Receiving Donations
If you or a loved one is facing expensive medical bills then look to crowdfunding for relief. YouCaring provides individuals with a platform that is both fast and free to meet their needs. Try out one of our fundraising ideas or brainstorm some of your own to complement your online campaign.