About Our Fundraiser:
The Black Belt Region in Alabama is a swath of dark prairie soil stretching from the Georgia border across Alabama to the Mississippi border. It is a region of history and great natural beauty. However there are 10 of the poorest counties in the state in this area. These counties are: Chambers, Macon, Lowndes, Dallas, Wilcox, Perry, Hale, Greene, Sumter, and Pickens. The poverty rate in these counties, according to the US Census, range from 18.7% up to 35.3%. Approximately 173,000 people live in these counties. There is about $13,000,000 in medical debt in these counties.
In February, 2020, two members of the Advent Sunday School class at Southminster Presbyterian Church called the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley with the proposal to raise money to eliminate the medical debt in the Black Belt. The Presbytery’s Executive Council unanimously agreed to sponsor Project Empathy. Our goal is to raise $50,000 in order to eliminate $5,000,000 of the medical debt. Hopefully we will exceed our goal.
This Project will aid the poor in some of the most poverty-stricken regions of our state. By this we can help lessen the burden of the people’s debts. Come and help us combat poverty and show God’s love.
RIP Medical Debt’s Solution: RIP Medical Debt uses donations to purchase bundled medical debt portfolios that have gone through collection agencies for months or years. Using third-party credit data providers, it targets debt incurred by people facing financial hardship, and then forgives it. On average, $1 is leveraged to abolish $100 in medical debt.
Please see the full RIP FAQ below and visit www.ripmedicaldebt.org for more information.
Want to make a donation by cash or check?
Please mail to to any cash or check (payable to "RIP Medical Debt") to the address below and make sure to notate on the memo line or letter that your gift is designated to "Project Empathy."
RIP Medical Debt / 80 Theodore Fremd Ave. Rye, NY 10580
Who is RIP Medical Debt? RIP Medical Debt (RIP) is a national 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to empower donors to forgive the billions of dollars in oppressive medical debt at pennies on the dollar. RIP locates, buys, and abolishes destructive medical debt for individuals, veterans, and families. Since inception in 2014, RIP has relieved more than $600 million in medical debt for individuals across the U.S., impacting over 250,000 individuals.
How Does RIP Medical Debt Work? RIP, working with third-party credit data providers, searches through large debt portfolios to locate accounts meeting their criteria for relief. RIP then negotiates to buy millions of dollars of this debt at a steep discount, usually a penny or less on the dollar.
Facts about Medical Debt
- 42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills, which creates an adverse impact on debtor patients, physicians, and hospitals (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
- Six in 10 of both insured and uninsured people say they have difficulty in paying other bills as a result of medical debt. Over a third were unable to pay for food, heat or housing because of medical bills. (Kaiser Family Foundation & New York Times)
- Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults under age 65, or 116 million people, had medical bill problems or debt, went without needed care because of cost, were uninsured for a time or were underinsured — insured but had high out-of-pocket medical expenses or deductibles relative to income. (Kaiser Family Foundation & New York Times)
- Medical debt contributes to more than 60 percent of the bankruptcies in the U.S. Until satisfied, debt lingers on a person’s credit report to negatively impact their ability to buy a home, get a loan or even gain employment. (The American Journal of Medicine)
Whose unpayable medical bills does RIP forgive?
- Individuals who make less than 2 times the federal poverty level
- Individuals with financial hardship - 5% or more of their annual income goes to out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Individuals who are insolvent (debts greater to their assets)
Why Donate to RIP Medical Debt?
- Your dollar goes a long way! On average, $1 abolishes $100 of debt.
- 100 percent of your donation goes towards abolishing medical debt.
- RIP Medical Debt is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and our EIN number is 47-1442997. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
- We have specific programs for veterans and active service members of the US military.
- There are no tax consequences for those whose medical debts are forgiven. The forgiveness is a gift from a detached and disinterested third party (RIP) is an act of generosity, so forgiveness of the
- does not count as being income to the gift recipient.
RIP Medical Debt's Federal Tax ID: 47-1442997
Disclaimer: In the event that a campaign is unable to meet RIP Medical Debt's local campaign contribution goal, all funds will be attributed to our national funds for general or veteran medical debt.
A donation was made to Project Empathy: Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley
Steve and Stephanie Hunt donated $250.00 to Project Empathy: Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley
Bethel Presbyterian Church donated $55.00 to Project Empathy: Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley
Edgewood Presbyterian Church donated $3,800.07 to Project Empathy: Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley
First Presbyterian Church of Auburn donated $500.00 to Project Empathy: Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley
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