- Anyone with a cancer diagnosis or receiving a bone marrow, Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) or cord blood transplant can easily create a Carelines page for free.
- Create a Carelines page for yourself or a loved one.
- You don't have to use all the Carelines features – but the more you reach out, the more support you'll get!
- With one click you can easily share your Carelines page on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or by email.
- The BMCF's Carelines team provides personal one-to-one guidance to help every step of the way, from setting up your page to tips on how to spread the word.
Comparing Carelines to GoFundMe
Crowdfunding is a very effective way for cancer and transplant patients to raise needed funds. While other platforms, including GoFundMe make that possible, only Carelines has been designed specifically for cancer and transplant patients and families.
The chart below comparing Carelines with GoFundMe illustrates how the Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation’s non-profit status has important benefits both for you and your supporters. Plus Carelines offers support and features that GoFundMe does not match.
Because the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation is an approved 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all donations made through Carelines are 100% tax deductible for donors. GoFundMe is a for-profit company.
Many employers offer matching programs for donations made to non-profits like the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation. So the impact of donations could be doubled! With GoFundMe that’s not an option.
Financial gifts from a nonprofit organization such as the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation are not seen as income and therefore you will not pay any tax on this money. GoFundMe is a for-profit company and requires you to provide your social security number as you will be responsible for taxes on these gifts.
Financial help from a nonprofit 501(c)3 will have no negative impact on the status of your disability or eligibility for benefits. Receiving money from the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation is seen as a gift and is completely permissible. GoFundMe is a for-profit company and the funding you receive from them may be seen as income and affect your eligibility for disability and other benefits.
Carelines provides personalized, one-on-one support to every Carelines participant. Trained Patient Coordinators are available to speak with you throughout the process to answer your medical and fundraising questions—and can even help you write your story for the site. GoFundMe is strictly a platform to raise money.