Vancouver-based crowdfunding site FundRazr is partnering up with San Francisco-based startup Healthline to allow visitors to Healthline to crowdfund medical expenses. Healthline is a provider of health information and technology solutions for publishers, advertisers, employers, healthcare providers, and health plans.
FundRazr is a crowdfunding site and Facebook app first released in 2009. It allows users to set up crowdfunding pages and embed fundraising apps on their Facebook pages to raise money for a variety of causes. Tens of millions of dollars have been raised from over 30,000 fundraising campaigns.
Helathline is about guiding patients to better health, and our new crowdfunding feature, guided by FundRazr, helps address the pain many Americans face around often crushing medical expenses,” said Healthline Media’s David Kopp. “Our ability to bring medical crowdfunding to millions of people enables Americans to help give the gift of improved health and reduce stress to their loves ones.”
Due to family accidents, many Americans face the stress and heavy burden of medical bills. In fact, medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcies in the US, with more than two million people impacted. FundRazr said it has already crowdfunded more than $20 million for medical bills alone.
Using a tool on Healthline.com, users can create campaigns for friends, family members or themselves, and easily share their story on social media networks and securely collect funds.
“We developed Powered by FundRazr from a real desire to provide effective funding software for our partners,” said FundRazr CEO Daryl Hatton. “Healthline visitors can now raise funds to help address medical care bills, complete with coaching and support every step of the way. We’ve already raised millions of dollars online for patient care and proven that patient’s online communities want to help with financial and moral support.”