Watsi Volunteers Change the World

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra.” - H.E. Luccock

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We’re excited to finally introduce you to the incredible team of volunteers who keep Watsi running behind the scenes.

Our volunteer team is a passionate group of individuals from all over the world. They’re dedicated to helping Watsi grow in any way they can — from writing patient profiles to launching Watsi chapters on their campuses to sending patient updates to donors. They’re the oil to our machine, and their skills play a huge role in making sure Watsi’s day-to-day operations line up with our big-picture vision.

Meet our awesome team and learn how you can join them to help Watsi grow!

Watsi is hiring a full-stack developer

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Watsi is a global crowdfunding platform that enables anyone to directly fund healthcare for people around the world.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

We’re a team of developers, designers, doctors, and marketers working at Watsi because we believe that everyone, everywhere deserves access to healthcare. We move fast, take risks, and come to work every day excited about building an organization that matters more than we do.

We’re looking for a full-stack developer to join our five-person team in San Francisco. The ideal candidate is an experienced, product-focused generalist who wants to use their skills to bring healthcare to the world. Our stack is Rails, Backbone.js, SCSS, Postgres, Redis, Sidekiq, Heroku, RSpec, and Jasmine.

If you’re interested in learning more, please send whatever info you have (linkedin, github, personal site) to jobs@watsi.org.

For more info, check out our recent trip to East Africa.

How it works

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Over 6,000 donors have funded life-changing healthcare for over 1,500 patients like Dila, pictured above with her mom, on Watsi.

There are six things you should know about how Watsi works:

1. Watsi works with hospitals in 20 countries that provide healthcare to people who need it.

2. When a patient comes to the hospital needing life-changing healthcare, Watsi helps them access care by sharing their story on our website and connecting them with donors who can help them pay for it.

  • Most patients choose to share their stories with the world. But we make sure they understand that they don’t have to share their stories to receive support from Watsi. In the event social stigma, the patient’s preference, or our ability to present the patient in a positive and dignified way prevents us from sharing their story, we privately fund their care using donations to our Universal Fund.

3. The hospital works with the patient to submit their story to Watsi. As soon as Watsi approves the patient, the hospital begins arranging treatment.

4. When the patient is posted on Watsi, donors from around the world donate as little as $5 to fund the patient’s healthcare.

5. The hospital submits a treatment update to Watsi, and Watsi transfers funds to cover the cost of care.

6. Donors receive an update on the patient they supported.

  • Updates are sent straight to donors’ inboxes and can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to arrive, depending on the patient’s treatment timeline. (Sometimes they take longer, but we do our best to get donors updates as quickly as possible!)

Ready to experience it in action? Donate to fund healthcare for a patient on Watsi.

Edmond’s grand plan

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We met Edmond on our trip to East Africa

He’s a resident at a Watsi partner hospital in Kenya. But when he returns home to Rwanda, he’s going to do something that has never been done before.

Find out what he’s planning, and check out the photo blog from our trip to East Africa.

We’re hiring a senior full-stack engineer

Watsi is looking for a senior full-stack engineer to join our six-person team in San Francisco. The ideal candidate is an experienced generalist, product-focused, and excited about using their skills to bring healthcare to the world.

If you’re interested in applying / learning more, please send whatever info you have (linkedin, github, and/or personal site) to chase at watsi.org.

Thanks!

Our First Watsi Wedding!

When Dan and Julie got married, they did something incredible. Instead of asking their friends and family for gifts, they pooled their money and funded healthcare for dozens of patients on Watsi.

"We thought about how much we needed extra housewares in comparison to the needs we saw on Watsi. We felt great about it. The donations literally changed people’s lives."

We were so excited to see Dan and Julie spread the love to Watsi patients. If you’re interested in following in their footsteps and making Watsi a part of your big day, email grace@watsi.org!

Two of the Supercell founders make donation to take Watsi to the next level

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We’ve looked up to Supercell, a Finnish mobile game-maker, since they won “Founders of the Year” at Founders Forum last year.

Ilkka Paananen, Supercell CEO, said something about culture that day that we’ll never forget. That, “the definition of great culture is that most people hate it, but a small group of people love it.” Supercell’s approach to running a company, not to mention their meteoric growth, have inspired our team ever since.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Ilkka and one of the other six Supercell co-founders, Mikko Kodisoja, are making a generous donation to Watsi’s operations. After watching them be part of the team that has grown Supercell from a small startup to a three billion dollar company, we can’t wait to have their help and mentorship as we take Watsi to the next level.

The doctors are in

Meet Sophal, Samnang, and Bonica. They’re the doctors who care for Watsi patients in Cambodia. 

So far, they’ve treated 257 Watsi patients. Let’s help them get to 258 today!

Meet their new patients.

An Early Retirement

Friends of Watsi,

We’re excited to announce a big change. After careful consideration and consulting from our advisory board, we decided that updating the color of our logo would help us better represent our core values. We appreciate your support, and look forward to making you proud with our new look.

Just kidding — a multi-billion dollar health insurance company threatened to oppose our trademark application and asked us to change the color of our logo.

We have to retire our blue logo by the end of March. But first, we’re going to have a little fun. For three days only, we’re selling limited edition blue logo Watsi tees and dedicating 100% of the profits to patients on Watsi.

On the deadline of March 31st, you’re invited to a bonfire [UPDATE: Bonfire postponed due to weather!] at Ocean Beach in San Francisco to bid farewell to all evidence of our blue logo. In the event you posses blue contraband after that date, we recommend wearing it inside out to prevent any further legal action ;)

Reserve your blue logo Watsi tee before it’s too late!

PS — We’re hiring a full-stack developer to join our team. Email chase at watsi dot org if you’re interested.

We’re looking for a digital advertising volunteer!

  • Have you gotten an organization started on Google Adwords before?
  • Do you do keyword research in your sleep?
  • Have you managed successful retargeting campaigns?
  • Could you teach us a thing or two about Facebook ads?

If so, we want to talk to you.

We’re looking for a volunteer with online advertising experience to join our SF team 1-2 days a week for 3 months to help shape our ad strategy and get Watsi in front of even more people.

This is a volunteer gig, but we’ll gladly provide unlimited office snacks, competitive ping pong, and a killer reference for a job well done.

Please email hello@watsi.org to apply.