Growing your family through adoption takes an open heart, selflessness and a financial investment. If you want to adopt but don’t have the extra funds for the expenses that come with the process, there is hope.
In today’s online culture, crowdfunding websites have sprung up to help people raise money for all sorts of things, from creative projects to personal needs and goals. Because adoption can be expensive, it is no surprise that many families use these crowdfunding platforms to raise the money they need.
There are many crowdfunding options, including AdoptTogether, YouCaring and GoFundMe.
On this crowdfunding platform designed specifically for funding adoptions, families can set up a public profile visible to their friends, family and co-workers. The money donated through AdoptTogether is guaranteed to be used for adoption related expenses, so donors can rest easy.
Plus, because of AdoptTogether’s status as an IRS approved 501c3 organization, they are eligible to receive contributions from Corporate Matching Gift programs. This may be your best choice if you know you’ll be able to take full advantage of it.
This fundraising platform has a wider focus. When setting up a fundraising page, you can choose from a variety of causes ranging from adoption to medical bills. People use YouCaring to raise money for mission trips, school fundraisers, and even financial help after an emergency.
There are no fees, and it only takes about five minutes to set up a fundraising page. Plus, YouCaring has a responsive customer support team that can help you with any problems you may have.
The self-proclaimed “world’s #1 personal fundraising website” GoFundMe is probably the most well-known crowdfunding platform on this list. You can start a personal fundraiser for almost any purpose on GoFundMe.
There are no fees or time limits, and the website offers a guarantee that all that donated money will end up where it is supposed to go, even if GoFundMe has to donate to make up for any missing funds. Donors can also rest assured that if the money they donate is misused, the service will usually offer a refund.
One thing to note about these fundraising platforms is that even though most of them don’t charge a site fee, they all use third-party credit card services that charge about 2.% plus $.30 per donation. If you are running a funding page for your family’s adoption expenses, keep those service charges in mind and calculate them in when determining how much money you will receive.
Good luck with your adoption fundraising efforts, and remember to embrace every step of the adoption process with love and determination.
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.