Today, people use crowdfunding to pay for a wide range of needs, including medical procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
By running an IVF fundraiser, you can not only raise the funds you need for IVF but also let family and friends become part of the story of bringing new life into your home. This shared experience is the beauty of crowdfunding. And as with any other fundraiser on our site, YouCaring never takes a penny of the money you raise.
Before you launch your fundraiser, take note of the following tips and information.
How much does IVF cost?
IVF costs vary depending on the number of cycles required and whether a donor egg is used. An article in Forbes reported average US out-of pocket-cost for IVF at $12,000 per treatment cycle—not including consultations, medications, or potential surrogate costs. To help determine the approximate cost of IVF for you, use this IVF calculator.
Is IVF covered by your insurance?
The use of fertility treatments has become more common in recent years—increasing by 65% since 2003. Meanwhile, only 15 states in the US mandate fertility coverage, leaving those who seek IVF in the other 35 states to pay entirely out of pocket. Before you move forward, check to see if you live in a state where IVF coverage is mandatory. Even if it is, there’s likely to be a financial gap to fill, and that’s where crowdfunding can be a real help.
Set your fundraising goal
Behind every successful fundraising effort is a basic plan of action—and we’re here to help you set goals for your fundraiser. It begins with setting a goal amount. As with any medical procedure, it’s important to factor in the price tag of the procedure itself, and all the smaller expenses that can really add up—including any unpaid time off work, expensive medications, transportation, copays, etc.
Tell your story honestly and clearly
You might think your friends and family already know your story, but telling your story well can make a huge difference in your fundraising efforts. On your campaign page, tell your story honestly and clearly—share your personal experiences and add photos and videos. This is the story that you’re inviting your supporters to become part of. See our post for more tips on storytelling.
Through the power of social networks, your IVF story can reach family, friends, friends of friends, and even sympathetic strangers around the world. When posting a link to your fundraising campaign on social media, ask friends and family to share it. To add your own spin to your campaign, come up with a hashtag that allows people to more easily follow your journey. You might even consider creating a blog to tell the story of your journey. For more tips on how to use social media with crowdfunding, see our social media tips and guide to social media tools.
Bring people into the story with updates
Posting frequent updates is essential. It helps keep supporters in the loop and shows potential donors how much their donation could help. Showcase your gratitude. Share messages of hope. If you keep supporters engaged, they’ll be more likely to donate again, or repeatedly share your story with their social networks. For more guidance on posting updates, see How to Write a Fundraising Update.
Thank your supporters
In the world of fundraising, there’s a whole set of best practices and guidelines around thanking people who donate to a cause—and it isn’t just about showing good manners. In this case, the cause is yours—take a moment to familiarize yourself with our essential guide to thanking donors.
Successful IVF campaigns on YouCaring
Successful in vitro fertilizations fundraising campaigns can serve as a model for your own. Take a look at how these families told their story, post updates, and more:
After 20 months of trying to conceive, Sarah and Brett Fox decided to try IVF, and to raise the funds needed for treatment on YouCaring. Thanks to an overwhelming response from friends, family, and strangers, the couple was able to get IVF—and by November 2015, they were getting ready to bring their baby home.
For Rachel and Jimmy Langley, the journey to bring their baby home was long. After they’d experienced several miscarriages resulting from a common birth defect known a a uterine septum, their doctor recommended three cycles of IVF. Rachel and Jimmy started a successful crowdfunding campaign on YouCaring, and welcomed their baby boy in January 2016.
Launch your own IVF crowdfunding campaign
In vitro fertilization fundraising is a natural fit with YouCaring’s compassionate crowdfunding platform and community. Start your free IVF campaign now.