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Watsi, based in San Francisco, connects medical patients who can't afford the procedures they need with donors via the Web. The funds it collects go entirely to the patients, as the organization's own costs are covered separately.
Watsi lets people donate as little as $5 toward low-cost, high-impact medical treatment for patients in third-world countries. Watsi represents the next generation of charities...profiles of the patients are posted on the Watsi site, and the online community begins donating.
Watsi — one of the fastest growing non-profits in web history — puts up pictures and profiles of people around the world who need money for medical care. 'Anyone can go on our website, donate as little as $5, and 100 percent of that donation will directly fund medical care for a specific person.'
A pioneering way for individuals to donate money to one-off medical treatments in the developing world. The non-profit website allows visitors to make personal donations for as little as $5 to fund the treatment of their patient of choice.
The dollar amounts may seem small, but the way Watsi handles transparency could revolutionize nonprofits. All the money donated -- more than $200,000 so far -- goes directly to the treatment, from doctors' fees to transportation and referral costs.