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The mission of CaringBridge is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. We work as the catalyst of love and healing for more than a half a million people each day.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 9/28/2012
1715 Yankee Doodle Road
Suite 301
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: (651) 452-7940
Fax: (651) 681-7115
EIN 42-1529394
Principal Staff Sona Mehring, Founder & CEO
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 54
Number of Volunteers 2161
Number of Clients Served 43,000,000
Donated Goods Accepts donated goods
General Information
Board Chair Janice Aune
Number of Board Members 15
Board meetings with quorum 4
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 11.5
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
CaringBridge experienced a year of major milestones in 2012. As the original caring social network, we continued to touch millions of lives by providing personal, private sites that bring together family, friends and loved ones. 2012 marked our 15th Anniversary of providing love, hope and compassion worldwide, making each health journey easier. Since the very first site was created for a tiny, baby girl in 1997, there have been more than 1.7 billion visits to CaringBridge Sites today. We celebrated with an event at the Mall of America. The event included CaringBridge supporters helping us break a world record for most people signing a greeting card. In all, 2,216 people expressed their thanks and support – breaking the previous record of 1,813. Now that’s a lot of love! Being able to reach more people in need is critical to our mission. We could not have reached the 46 million people that we did last year without you. We added even more ways for people to connect and show they care. • We launched the SupportPlanner to compliment our sites service by allowing people to sign up for helpful tasks, such as delivering meals, driving to doctor appointments and helping kids with homework. • More than 1,200 people from across the globe joined the Amplifier Hub, our new online community of volunteers and supporters. • With the addition of the Heart Gallery, anyone can create a lasting tribute and share a personalized message with an honor, memorial or celebration gift.
Current Goals
We’re excited about the best-in-class upgrades we will be adding to in 2013 – to provide more creative opportunities to connect and communicate with your loved ones in a trusted, respectful online space. Later this summer, the book Hope Conquers All, will be published and available nationwide. It features inspiring personal stories of people like you who experienced the power of CaringBridge firsthand.
Community or Constituency Served
The CaringBridge community is made up of patients, authors, visitors and/or donors, communicating with friends and family during a loved one's health event.
Geographic Area Served
CaringBridge serves people in all 50 states and more than 225 countries/territories around the world.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $5,906,050 79.7%
Management: $956,078 12.9%
Fundraising: $545,693 7.4%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $4,044,028 $3,985,457 $3,592,773
Beginning of Year $3,985,457 $3,592,773 $4,198,848
Difference $58,571 $392,684 ($606,075)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $4,044,028
Based on information provided on 2011 to 2013
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