Jared Walker – CEO and Founder of Dollar For Portland
As a Portland native with a family that has experienced the stresses and uncertainty that comes with medical debt, I have seen first-hand how even modest assistance can make a big difference.
In 2012, I received a call that my aunt had passed away. Ten minutes later I received a second call that my cousin had gone into labor seven weeks early and needed a heart surgery in order to live. My thought swirled and I knew I wasn’t the only one who received calls like these that day. I wanted to help and in doing a quick search, I realized there wasn’t a single organization who would be able to help.
I didn’t have the resources to give a family $10,000, but I wondered if I could rally 10,000 people to give one dollar. With the words “what if” the foundation of my mission was born.
The goal continues to grow and the mission to find givers in Portland has grown beyond our borders. We want to spread this idea into other communities, cities
“What if I could empower five thousand people to give one dollar each month to help alleviate the burden of medical debt for families and individuals who are struggling under its weight?”
Did you know that over 60% of all bankruptcies in America are because of medical debt? 78% of them have medical insurance. Most everyone knows someone who could use a little help with their medical debt.
We believe that 100% of every dollar donated should go directly to families in need. How does it work? We promise 100% of the public donation to go to families in need of medical debt relief. Private donors, corporate sponsors, and other foundations will fund the rest. These donors make the 100% method possible.
How we pick the family. Dollar For Portland partners with another Organization or Hospital that nominates that family for that particular month. Once we get the family we tell their story!
How We Pick The Family
Dollar For Portland partners with another Organization or Hospital that nominates that family for that particular month. Once we get the family we tell their story!