Paul Drewes | KITV | March7 2014 – HONOLULU — Donations going to individuals along with nonprofit organizations. The Internet is changing the way people give to charitable causes. Along with donating to specific causes, those surfing the web give to individuals in need by crowdfunding.
Kaimuki resident Laura Martancik was diagnosed with Hogdkin’s lymphoma last August.
With an increasing number of visits to doctors and chemotherapy treatments, the cost to fight her cancer quickly increased as well.
“Cancer is expensive if you have insurance, cancer is really expensive if you don’t have insurance. Not only is the treatment expensive, so is the loss of income that comes with it,” said Martancik.
So Martancik turned to the Internet, where crowdfunding sites are helping people raise money for specific projects or needs — like funding a funeral, or caring for an injured and aging cat.
For Martancik, donations from family, friends and even complete strangers help to pay mounting medical expenses, so she can still have some sort of normal life.
“I’ve been able to pay my rent, have a home. It has really saved everything,” said Martancik.
The change in the way people give to individual causes mirrors a change from contributors to Hawaii charities, according to the Aloha United Way, which raises funds for nonprofit organizations.