Connected By Hope

Medical records in hand, a woman on a bus in Costa Rica asked passengers to help pay for her son’s treatment. As the passengers handed money to the woman, Chase Adam had an idea: What if people around the world could help pay for life-changing medical care for those who can’t afford health care? His idea spawned Watsi, a nonprofit platform that enables crowdfunded medical treatments. Watsi connects donors with people who have treatable conditions and need low-cost medical care. Each patient’s story is posted on the site, where visitors can browse and pledge a donation towards the health care of someone they want to help. Watsi is a go-between, but it doesn’t use any donated funds for its operations. Every dime of every donation directly funds medical treatments for the people chosen by the donors. Around the world, people suffer from treatable illnesses because they can’t afford basic medical care. Watsi works closely with medical partners to help identify prospective patients. The nonprofit is focused on funding treatments that have a high likelihood of success and cost less than $3,000. When a patient reaches his or her funding goal, pledgers’ payments are made via PayPal. It’s simple, compelling, and effective. Donors are coming together on Watsi, and they’re changing people’s lives, one treatment at a time.

Watsi

Medical Crowdfunding

Connected By Hope

Medical records in hand, a woman on a bus in Costa Rica asked passengers to help pay for her son’s treatment. As the passengers handed money to the woman, Chase Adam had an idea: What if people around the world could help pay for life-changing medical care for those who can’t afford health care? His idea spawned Watsi, a nonprofit platform that enables crowdfunded medical treatments. Watsi connects donors with people who have treatable conditions and need low-cost medical care. Each patient’s story is posted on the site, where visitors can browse and pledge a donation towards the health care of someone they want to help. Watsi is a go-between, but it doesn’t use any donated funds for its operations. Every dime of every donation directly funds medical treatments for the people chosen by the donors. Around the world, people suffer from treatable illnesses because they can’t afford basic medical care. Watsi works closely with medical partners to help identify prospective patients. The nonprofit is focused on funding treatments that have a high likelihood of success and cost less than $3,000. When a patient reaches his or her funding goal, pledgers’ payments are made via PayPal. It’s simple, compelling, and effective. Donors are coming together on Watsi, and they’re changing people’s lives, one treatment at a time.
Philanthropy

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Grace
    Grace

    Hi everyone! We’re honored to be featured as today’s Grommet. Watsi was founded on the belief that everyone deserves access to medical care. We are the first global crowdfunding platform for health care, enabling anyone to donate as little as $5 to directly fund low-cost, high-impact medical treatments for people in need. We’re happy to answer any questions!

  • Grace
    Grace – Special Guest
    2/14/2013 1:21 PM

    In honor of Valentine's Day, we just posted our first safe delivery! You can help fund Alice's safe birth here: https://watsi.org/profile/eb72c47a3024-alice

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/14/2013 2:04 PM

    I don't mean to offend, however, I cannot find Watsi on any of the "safe" charity lists. You sound good, but how do I know?

  • Grace
    Grace – Special Guest
    2/14/2013 2:38 PM

    @Susan We're too new to have been evaluated by any of the major "safe" charity lists. Charity Navigator, for example, requires an annual revenue of more than $1,000,00 and 4 years of Forms 990 to even conduct an evaluation of an organization. We are only about 6 months old, and while we've raised over $100,000 to fund more than 125 medical treatments for people around the world, we have yet to file a formal tax return with the IRS.

    However, 100% of our financial information is publicly available on our Transparency Google Document (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ah3wJ9CRQzyHdDZSaEF1X1JsRm1yZ251d0RQZ0VmRGc&output=html)and we will post the results of formal evaluations as we get them.

    You make a great point though - that it's important to direct money to well-respected, independently verified organizations that are operating efficiently and making a tangible impact. We completely agree, which is why we only partner with the very best medical organizations in the world (see more about our criteria here: https://watsi.org/faq#what-is-a-medical-partner). Our Medical Partners have been awarded top ratings by Charity Navigator and rated in the top 1% of all charities by extremely rigorous evaluators such as GiveWell. On each patient profile page (https://watsi.org/profile/da86152b4d3b-katka), there is a link to the Medical Partner that will provide their care, so you know exactly who will be responsible for fulfilling your donation.

    Thanks for the great question, and please don't hesitate to ask for clarification about any of that!

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/14/2013 2:52 PM

    @Grace Garey Thanks, I do understand your "newness" problem, was hoping for maybe the BBB. I did look at your website and at the Google Transparency, but frankly it looks a bit like something in-house so doesn't help me much. However, I'll trust the folks at Grommet that they are satisfied and trickle a bit your way. Truly it sounds like a wonderful thing you are all doing.

  • Grace
    Grace – Special Guest
    2/14/2013 3:03 PM

    @Susan BBB is a good idea, we'll look into that. Thank you for the support and feedback, we really appreciate it!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/14/2013 3:43 PM

    @Susan

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for your question. It's a great one. We're proud to support new and growing philanthropies that are finding innovative ways to contribute to society.

    Watsi is a U.S. 501(c)(3) and makes all of their information available online in the Google Doc as Grace has stated. We love to see all of the documentation made public as Watsi value's full transparency with their efforts.

    Thanks again for bringing up an important point.

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/14/2013 3:07 PM

    FYI when I click on the "Fund Treatment" in the blue box at the top of the page, nothing happens. I did manage to donate by going to a specific persons page and using the Fund box inside their box.

    Also, just a thought, you might have a general donation to go to the most urgent for those who don't want to have to choose.

  • Grace
    Grace – Special Guest
    2/14/2013 3:11 PM

    @Susan Thanks for the heads up. The "Fund Treatment" blue box at the top of the page just leads to the page where you can see all the patients currently fundraising. As for the general donation, we are actually working on that at this very moment! It should be up on the site within the next few weeks :)

  • Fran Tose
    Fran Tose
    2/14/2013 7:58 PM

    I just want to say thanks for making me aware of this organization. It gives me hope that there really are good folks out in the world who want to make a difference. Bravo

  • Linda
    Linda
    2/14/2013 9:09 PM

    @Fran Tose I couldn't agree with you more, Fran.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Watsi

Medical Crowdfunding

Connected By Hope

Medical records in hand, a woman on a bus in Costa Rica asked passengers to help pay for her son’s treatment. As the passengers handed money to the woman, Chase Adam had an idea: What if people around the world could help pay for life-changing medical care for those who can’t afford health care? His idea spawned Watsi, a nonprofit platform that enables crowdfunded medical treatments.

Watsi connects donors with people who have treatable conditions and need low-cost medical care. Each patient’s story is posted on the site, where visitors can browse and pledge a donation towards the health care of someone they want to help. Watsi is a go-between, but it doesn’t use any donated funds for its operations. Every dime of every donation directly funds medical treatments for the people chosen by the donors.

Around the world, people suffer from treatable illnesses because they can’t afford basic medical care. Watsi works closely with medical partners to help identify prospective patients. The nonprofit is focused on funding treatments that have a high likelihood of success and cost less than $3,000.

When a patient reaches his or her funding goal, pledgers’ payments are made via PayPal. It’s simple, compelling, and effective. Donors are coming together on Watsi, and they’re changing people’s lives, one treatment at a time.
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Watsi Medical Philanthropy - Crowd-funded Medical Treatments

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Grace
    Grace

    Hi everyone! We’re honored to be featured as today’s Grommet. Watsi was founded on the belief that everyone deserves access to medical care. We are the first global crowdfunding platform for health care, enabling anyone to donate as little as $5 to directly fund low-cost, high-impact medical treatments for people in need. We’re happy to answer any questions!

  • Grace
    Grace – Special Guest
    2/14/2013 1:21 PM

    In honor of Valentine's Day, we just posted our first safe delivery! You can help fund Alice's safe birth here: https://watsi.org/profile/eb72c47a3024-alice

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/14/2013 2:04 PM

    I don't mean to offend, however, I cannot find Watsi on any of the "safe" charity lists. You sound good, but how do I know?

  • Grace
    Grace – Special Guest
    2/14/2013 2:38 PM

    @Susan We're too new to have been evaluated by any of the major "safe" charity lists. Charity Navigator, for example, requires an annual revenue of more than $1,000,00 and 4 years of Forms 990 to even conduct an evaluation of an organization. We are only about 6 months old, and while we've raised over $100,000 to fund more than 125 medical treatments for people around the world, we have yet to file a formal tax return with the IRS.

    However, 100% of our financial information is publicly available on our Transparency Google Document (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ah3wJ9CRQzyHdDZSaEF1X1JsRm1yZ251d0RQZ0VmRGc&output=html)and we will post the results of formal evaluations as we get them.

    You make a great point though - that it's important to direct money to well-respected, independently verified organizations that are operating efficiently and making a tangible impact. We completely agree, which is why we only partner with the very best medical organizations in the world (see more about our criteria here: https://watsi.org/faq#what-is-a-medical-partner). Our Medical Partners have been awarded top ratings by Charity Navigator and rated in the top 1% of all charities by extremely rigorous evaluators such as GiveWell. On each patient profile page (https://watsi.org/profile/da86152b4d3b-katka), there is a link to the Medical Partner that will provide their care, so you know exactly who will be responsible for fulfilling your donation.

    Thanks for the great question, and please don't hesitate to ask for clarification about any of that!

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/14/2013 2:52 PM

    @Grace Garey Thanks, I do understand your "newness" problem, was hoping for maybe the BBB. I did look at your website and at the Google Transparency, but frankly it looks a bit like something in-house so doesn't help me much. However, I'll trust the folks at Grommet that they are satisfied and trickle a bit your way. Truly it sounds like a wonderful thing you are all doing.

  • Grace
    Grace – Special Guest
    2/14/2013 3:03 PM

    @Susan BBB is a good idea, we'll look into that. Thank you for the support and feedback, we really appreciate it!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/14/2013 3:43 PM

    @Susan

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for your question. It's a great one. We're proud to support new and growing philanthropies that are finding innovative ways to contribute to society.

    Watsi is a U.S. 501(c)(3) and makes all of their information available online in the Google Doc as Grace has stated. We love to see all of the documentation made public as Watsi value's full transparency with their efforts.

    Thanks again for bringing up an important point.

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/14/2013 3:07 PM

    FYI when I click on the "Fund Treatment" in the blue box at the top of the page, nothing happens. I did manage to donate by going to a specific persons page and using the Fund box inside their box.

    Also, just a thought, you might have a general donation to go to the most urgent for those who don't want to have to choose.

  • Grace
    Grace – Special Guest
    2/14/2013 3:11 PM

    @Susan Thanks for the heads up. The "Fund Treatment" blue box at the top of the page just leads to the page where you can see all the patients currently fundraising. As for the general donation, we are actually working on that at this very moment! It should be up on the site within the next few weeks :)

  • Fran Tose
    Fran Tose
    2/14/2013 7:58 PM

    I just want to say thanks for making me aware of this organization. It gives me hope that there really are good folks out in the world who want to make a difference. Bravo

  • Linda
    Linda
    2/14/2013 9:09 PM

    @Fran Tose I couldn't agree with you more, Fran.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.