Starting a Fund for a Sick Child
My friend recently found out that her 3 year old daughter has a rare and incurable genetic disease. She is, of course, devastated, and is currently focused on doing all she can to get the best possible treatment for her.
The company's health insurance isn't great, so those of us who work with her fear she will have expensive medical bills on top of the emotional trauma. To help, we want to put together some kind of benefit to establish a fund to help with her daughter's medical costs. I've seen these before..."Friends of Stephen" or whatever...what I need to know is how one establishes such a fund in a way that people from the community will feel confident contributing, knowing that it's going for medical costs, not just someone trying to scam money.
Has anyone ever done this before, and if so, any ideas on how to do this? Do you have to establish some kind of non profit status? Can you set something up like this without incurring costs? None of us are rich, but we feel if we could set up such a fund, we could do a benefit, maybe do some small fund raisers, just put together some different things to help defray these costs and in some small way make things easier for her.
Anyone who's done this before, your advice would be greatly appreciated.
- Asked by writeginny
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