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Adoption is a wonderful journey that brings life-changing joy, but it can also be costly. We know there are many families who deeply desire to welcome a little one into their home through adoption, so we try to lower adoption costs however we can.
Here are some adoption fundraising ideas to help you address the financial challenges you may face:
1. Have a garage sale.
Ask friends and family to donate items. You could even advertise that you’re fundraising for a special cause: adopting a child!
2. Host an online auction.
Ask your favorite authors, restaurant owners, and stores to donate gift baskets or gift certificates for an online auction.
3. Host a consultant party!
Ask your Mary Kay or MLM consultant friends to host an in-person or online party. Make sure you work with one who will donate a percentage of their sales toward your adoption.
4. Sell T-shirts.
There are a variety of online sites where you can create a t-shirt fundraising campaign. You may receive a better response if you don’t make the t-shirt specific to your family or your adoption. The more general your slogan is, the more appealing it may be.
5. Create an Etsy shop for homemade items.
If you have a special skill set, offer custom designs and sell them online.
6. Have a bake sale!
Do you have a knack for baking homemade goodies? Sell your talents with a bake sale at your office or church!
7. Host a taco night or a pancake breakfast.
Reach out to your local church or community center to see if they can reserve a space for you. Ask local restaurants if they’re willing to donate food or materials for your event as well.
8. Look into crowdfunding options.
Check out AdoptTogether, a website for adoption donations.
9. Send letters to loved ones, coworkers, and church members.
In these letters, you’ll explain your needs and goals for adoption. You can also provide different levels of donations they can support you with. Consider setting up an adoption fundraising website for easy online donations, too.
10. Sell prayer bracelets.
This is a great way to invite others into your adoption journey through prayer. After all, it takes a village to raise (and pray for) a child!
11. Set up a giving tree.
During the holidays, have a small giving tree with different ornaments that coworkers and church members can take. Each ornament will have a different donation amount they can provide.
12. Offer community services.
Use the money you make to help with fundraising. Mow lawns, hold photography sessions, detail someone’s car, clean their house, or do anything that lets you use your skills to help others!
13. Plan a fun, active fundraiser!
Hold a 5K run, walk-a-thon, or bowling fundraiser, with proceeds going toward your adoption.
14. Consider where your family can cut expenses.
Maybe there’s a streaming subscription you could go without. Or perhaps you can put even more of your paycheck into savings or your adoption fund.
15. Apply for adoption grants.
Visit our “Financial Assistance for Adoption” blog for adoption grants and financial assistance you can apply for.
We can help you navigate the joys, challenges, and emotions of adoption — including fundraising and financial assistance resources.
Gifts of Grace Adoption Support Center has worked with expecting moms, adoptive families, and children in the Lafayette, Indiana community since 2013. We believe that quality, affordable, Christ-centered adoption services empower pregnant moms and dads, create thriving adoptive families, and help all children be placed in a loving home.