We at Project HOPEFUL support fundraising for adoptions because we understand that many families do not have sufficient funds to adopt without help. We believe that the God of the universe will help people who are taking a leap of faith to give a child – or children – a family.
To that end, Project HOPEFUL established the Families in the Gap Program (FIG Program) to help families raise funds for adoptions. The FIG Program allows families or advocates to open a tax-deductible fund for a waiting child who meets Project HOPEFUL’s mission (children with HIV/AIDS and other children overlooked for adoption). All donations to this child’s fund will be tax deductible and will be used for a family to adopt this specific child. You can use a FIG fund to raise money for your own adoption or to help another family. In either case, funds are earmarked for a specific child and will only be used for that child – never returned to a family.
Since families who are fundraising for an adoption can be met with questions (at best) and criticism (at worst) during the fundraising phase, here are a few things for families to prayerfully consider when deciding whether to establish a FIG fund with Project HOPEFUL:
Should we fundraise or fund the adoption ourselves?
- What resources do you have that you could use to contribute to the adoption of this child? Do you have savings or investments? Do you have extra resources? Do you have items you could sell or repurpose?
- What resources does your extended family have that they may be willing to give to the benefit of this child? If you are expecting a large cash gift at Christmas or a birthday, for example, consider contributing it to the FIG fund.
- Do you have the ability to pay for all or part of the adoption out of the resources that God has provided? Many of us are blessed beyond measure and could contribute significantly to adoption expenses. Just because someone “can” fundraise does not mean they “should.”
- Are you planning a major house renovation, sale/purchase, or upgrade? It is hard for donors to accept significant expenditures by families that are fundraising. If you can afford to spend $10,000 to upgrade your house, for example, perhaps now is not the right time to fundraise for an adoption.
- What sacrifices have you made? Could your family cut back on extras to meet some of your fundraising needs?
How should we use the funds we raise?
- If you will be in-country overseas for a significant period of time, consider where you stay (five-star resort or modest apartment?) and how you spend money on food and travel.
- Can you arrange your schedule to be in-country for the entire adoption process to reduce travel costs?
Last, consider that every family who raises funds for adoption is consuming resources God has bestowed on His people. Your fundraising reduces the resources that might be available for other fundraising families. Project HOPEFUL encourages you to be good stewards of what God has given you and your friends and family.
Here are the families currently fundraising through Project HOPEFUL. We pray that you will consider supporting their adoptions! Matched Families