1. Involve your family, friends and community. They want to help, and they will be excited to be a part of your adoption journey.
2. Talk about why adoption is still critical in the country you are adopting from. Raising social awareness about the needs of children around the world will help friends and family understand why your adoption journey is so important. (Just make sure your information is accurate and not based on old myths!)
3. Keep it simple. Sometimes the most effective fundraisers are the most straightforward. Host a garage sale and take donated items from your coworkers or church community. Or plan a service event and find friends and family who will sponsor your time. Bake sales, craft fairs and other DIY projects also have huge potential.
4. Ask for airline miles or other travel-related vouchers. Travel expenses to and from the country you are adopting from amounts to almost a third of all adoption-related costs, so this type of assistance will make a big dent in your overall expenses
5. Do exhaust all your other options first. Look into the adoption tax credit. See if you qualify for work-related employee benefits. Are you a military veteran? There may be funds already waiting for you! Also, apply for grants — LOTS of grants. Places like Show Hope, Brittany’s Hope and Lifesong for Orphans have given thousands of dollars to Holt families.
6. Partner with reputable organizations, like Both Hands Foundation or YouCaring.com, who have programs to help you reach your fundraising goals through tried-and-true methods. Or consider using the services of adoption fundraising organizations like Resources4Adoption or Your Adoption Finance Coach to guide you through all the fundraising options available.
7. Look for ways to save money by reducing lifestyle, entertainment or other “extra” costs. It’s amazing how fast savings add up! And, since adoption fees and expenses are spread out over 12-36 months, there is time for small amounts to add up quickly.
8. Wait to fundraise until you are homestudy-approved to avoid a potentially awkward situation. If, for some reason, your family is not approved to adopt, having to return fundraised dollars will make a tough situation more difficult.
9. Call us or your agency if you hit a roadblock. We have lots of tips and advice about fundraising, applying for grants and more.