We have big news – we’ve raised more than $1 million dollars in 2017 to help people in need! This is the first time RedBasket.org has raised this amount in one year.

“We are thrilled with the success we’ve had this year,” said Mary Katherine Smith, president of RedBasket.org. “Raising one million dollars in one year is a great milestone, and shows the compassion donors have for our fundraisers. We’re all truly grateful.”

How We Help

RedBasket.org provides a free crowdfunding platform for people who need to raise money for personal emergencies or community improvement projects. Individuals can share their stories, recruit volunteers, and fundraise for medical expenses, disaster relief, or to improve their communities. RedBasket.org is able to offer this unique service thanks to the generosity of WoodmenLife. WoodmenLife covers all administrative and overhead costs, including the processing fees normally associated with crowdfunding.

“RedBasket.org was founded as a way to bring WoodmenLife’s giving spirit into the online era,” said Pat Dees, President and CEO of WoodmenLife. “RedBasket.org and WoodmenLife share a commitment to serving our communities and we are proud to support this organization.”

Grants Paid Out

Another milestone RedBasket.org reached this year was paying out one million dollars in grants to fundraisers. Because of WoodmenLife’s sponsorship, all donations received go directly to the fundraiser and are tax-deductible. These grants have allowed fundraisers to recover from devastating medical diagnoses like cancer, rebuild their homes and towns after Hurricane Harvey, and restock the shelves of local food pantries.

“Being able to see the direct impact of our work is rewarding,” Smith said. “We hope to continue this trend next year and beyond.”

To learn more about starting a fundraiser or making a donation, please visit RedBasket.org.

About RedBasket.org:

RedBasket.org, founded in 2012, is a web-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, dedicated to helping individuals raise money for personal emergencies and community improvement projects in a fee-free environment. Red Basket is fully supported by WoodmenLife which covers Red Basket’s administrative costs in their entirety so 100% of donations are directly passed through to the cause. To learn more about Red Basket, visit Redbasket.org.


About WoodmenLife:

WoodmenLife was founded in 1890 as a not for profit. The organization gives back to its nearly 700,000 customers, who join together in a shared commitment to family, community and country. With a legacy of financial stability, WoodmenLife offers quality life insurance and retirement products. To learn more about WoodmenLife, visit woodmenlife.org.

Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society Home Office: Omaha, NE

Lauren Fischer
Communications Specialist
Lauren is the Communications Specialist for RedBasket.org. She writes content for the blog, social media and other materials, as well as secures media coverage for RedBasket.org projects!