It’s that time again. Health Rising’s BIG (little) fundraising drive. We call it the BIG (little) fundraising drive because it’s our BIG drive but our needs – though real – are puny compared to the research and advocacy organizations that are doing so much for us. We don’t need a ton of money.
We’re a lot smaller. It’s just me (Cort) and Stavya (part-time technical ace), plus our volunteer editor … that’s it! We use your support to keep reporting on the web, to keeping roofs over Stavya’s and my head, and to support Health Rising’s growth.
We didn’t do our usual, smaller fundraising drive during spring – it didn’t seem appropriate during the pandemic’s first wave. We kept expenses down and it worked out fine, but now it’s time to ask for your support again. Our goal, this year, is to raise $50,000.
With our content offered free to all – it’s your support – those $5, $10, $50, or more, donations – that’s allowed us to keep reporting. If you supported us over the past year, you made it possible for 800,000 users to access almost 2,000,000 page views on Health Rising (HR). That’s a pretty nice return on investment.
Those over 1,300 blogs and resource pages that Health Rising’s created over the past 8 years – they wouldn’t have happened without you. If you’ve contributed to HR in any way, it’s your baby, as well.
What does Health Rising bring to the table? Comprehensive and in-depth reports on the latest research and treatment findings (plus a nice dollop of advocacy). That means not just reporting on a finding, but giving it context – trying to explain it in light of what’s happened before – and what it may mean for the future. It means sometimes looking outside the field for insights. It means roving the medical field, keeping an eye out for unproven, but possible, treatments for the future. Our goal, after all, is finding answers for ME/CFS/FM and allied diseases. That’s what gets me going.
Those answers are coming. New insights and connections are made every month. We don’t know when the big answers we’re all looking for will come – they could come in five years, they could come tomorrow – but they are coming. The fact that the Solve ME/CFS Initiative and ME Action in the U.S. have done more effective advocacy this year than in any year in memory is helping greatly.
Health Rising is growing as well. We’re expanding how we can make a difference. Expect something very different shortly and another program in the first part of next year.
Seven Ways to Support Health Rising
(1) Become a Recurring PayPal Donor – Recurring donors provide the financial bedrock for Health Rising. They allow me to sleep at night.
To become a recurring donor, simply go to the PayPal widget below or to the right sidebar of any page, click the amount you would like to donate ($5, $10, $15, etc.), and hit the Subscribe button.
Or, if you do a one-time donation, PayPal will give you the option of making it a recurring one.
(2) Already a Recurring PayPal Donor? Want to give more? (Want to give more than the current options allow? Just let me know! :)) Simply contact me using the Contact form (upper right hand of the page) stating that. I will stop your current donation and you can restart it.
(3) Become a Recurring Donor with Online Banking (non-PayPal) – Don’t want to use PayPal? Use Bill Pay or similar programs at your bank to send checks straight to us. If you’re with Wells Fargo, we can set up automatic monthly donations. Please contact me via the contact form (upper right hand of the page).
(4) Make a One-Time PayPal Donation — One-time donations are Health Rising’s most important source of income.
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Outside the Box
Amazon gift cards! Amazon is Health Rising’s go-to place to get electronic accessories, books, stuff for the vehicle, etc. Simply go here, find your gift card and put my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the “To:” box and voila – instant Amazon gift card!
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