Nonprofits going online to build support communities

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Nonprofit organizations that have traditionally coordinated in-person support groups are moving online in order to cater to more tech-savvy users and those who shy away from face-to-face confessionals.

According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, websites are springing up that are a hybrid of social networking sites like Facebook, discussion boards, and support groups. The appeal of the sites include convenient 24-hour access, anonymity and privacy (something that’s not always closely guarded on social networking sites).

Websites like CommunityofVeterans.org, CaringBridge, and MyMDA.org, have enjoyed success in building support sites that engage users and offer an outlet for many dealing with painful issues ranging from returning from war, to caring for a sick family member.

Learn more about online support groups.

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