Stories From Our Successful Campaigns: MyMDband for Holocaust Survivors

Through the years, we have had a lot of successful campaigns on Jewcer. We wanted to share their stories and what they learned while crowdfunding with us. Our next interview comes from Elly Gorodetzer and Gidon Rogers, co-founders of MyMDband. They raised over $70,000 on Jewcer for an absolutely incredible cause: providing free MyMDbands for Holocaust survivors.

1. Tell us about MyMDBand for Holocaust Survivors? What inspired it?

MyMDband for Holocaust Survivors is a project that connects an innovative Israeli start-up with Holocaust survivors in Israel, by granting them with MyMDband’s lifesaving medical bracelets, for free, for life. This is a fully non- profit partnership between MyMDband and United Hatzalah of Israel. There are nearly 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today. Between what they had to endure in their youth and their advancing age, many of them have health problems that threaten their lives. 25% of them live below the poverty line, and many don’t have family nearby to care for them. All of them deserve our help. In an emergency medical situation, every second counts. The time it takes a first-responder to diagnose and render assistance can mean the difference between life and death. We are making it easier and faster for emergency responders and medical professionals to understand patients’ health history, conditions, allergies and medications in seconds. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the survivors of the Shoah. This is our way of giving back.

2. What piece of advice from the Jewcer team stuck with you the most that you can remember?

How copywriting is important to articulate a message properly.

3. How did you promote your campaign? What was the most challenging aspect?

The hardest part is getting people motivated to take action and donate, in a noisy internet and media reality. The Jewcer team, together with other campaign partners, helped us tremendously by demonstrating the power of engagement by their communities.

4. Is there any advice you’d give for those considering crowdfunding?

Piece of advice – always strive to partner with as many organizations who are aligned with your interests, and can facilitate in reaching out and motivating people. So, try to be as “B2B” as possible, and not “B2C”.

5. After successfully getting funded, how have you been using the funds towards your project?

Together with United Hatzala of Israel, we have been going around the country supplying, free of charge, our MyMDbands including professional population of the relevant medical data. We have also been training ER staff in several hospitals to understand how they can provide better care with MyMDband. All of those are documented, among other activities, in our project website.

6. What are your three favorite online or mobile tools that help you run your crowdfunding campaign?

Websites & newsletters for promotion, and twitter for listening.

7. If you had to choose a one-liner piece of advice for aspiring Jewish entrepreneurs, what would it be?

Don’t give up! It’s usually a long journey with great challenges. Cash is king! Always plan your cash flow and adjust wisely as you go.

8. Add a question of your own that we did not ask and give the answer to it…

What’s the next step for this beautiful project?

There’s a big next step, and you can help with a click of a button! We are applying for WeWork’s Creative Awards, in Israel, for a prize of $360,000. This is a huge opportunity for us, and would be happy for any support on social media, and letting WeWork Israel know how much you thing we deserve this grant. Needless to say, all funds allotted to us will be used completely to fund further distribution of our MyMDband medical bracelets to Holocaust survivors, in Israel. Learn more here.

To stay connected with news and updated from MyMDBand, check out their Facebook, TwitterHolocaust Survivors Website, & MyMDBand website.

 

 

Shani
Shani is a photographer and content creator from Los Angeles. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Communication degree, which she puts to good use by connecting with all the incredible Jewish organizations and the people who support them. With a deep pride in her Jewish roots and an Israeli background, Shani hopes to share the power and potential of Jewish innovation and connection with the world.