by Jessica Crosby, NCFA spring intern
National Council For Adoption realizes that adoption can sometimes be a bit of a financial stretch for adoptive families. Thankfully, there are many fun and creative ways to raise the funds needed. Here are some exciting, inventive ways to do personalized fundraising.
“Tag the Bag”
A blog by Julie Gumm shares a productive and practical idea called “tag the bag”. This fundraiser is perfect for families involved with an intercountry adoption and has produced excellent results. All you need is the suitcase that you are planning on traveling with and some markers. Whenever someone makes a donation towards your adoption, have them tag your bag with their name. The donation could be a set amount, or any amount of their choosing, that’s totally up to you. This gives those donating the chance to be hands on, while also providing your family with a reminder of all those who helped make your adoption possible.
When it comes to infant adoptions, the classic baby bottle fundraiser is a great way to give your family, friends and whoever else is willing, the opportunity to make a donation. This idea is practical and allows for some creatively. All you have to do is buy baby bottles in bulk and design a cute paper to place in each bottle that explains your adoption. Distribute the bottles to whoever you think may be interested and give them a time frame (two weeks, one month, etc.) to see if they can fill the bottle with change. After the allotted time period, collect all the bottles – you may be surprised with what some spear change can add up to!
One last practical fundraising idea is the puzzle piece fundraiser. Simply pick out a puzzle with the number of pieces of your choosing; you can either buy one at the store as is, or there are now many websites where you can design a puzzle yourself and put whatever pictures and words on it that you want. Place the puzzle pieces in a jar and sell each one for as much as you see fit. Every puzzle piece needs a sponsor. Whenever someone buys a piece their name will be written on the back of it. Once all the pieces are sold, glue the puzzle together. This puzzle will serve as a reminder of each person who played a part in bringing your child home to you.
National Council For Adoption hopes that these ideas are helpful in your fundraising pursuit! For more ideas on fundraising, along with information on employee benefits, grants/loans, military benefits, and tax benefits please visit our financial resources page. Also, don’t forget that many other adoption fundraising ideas can be found online. A few great resources to check out are Your Adoption Finance Coach, Just Love Coffee Roasters, and Julie Gumm. If you're interested in learning more about adoption loans, America's Christian Credit Union's adoption loans have helped more than 1,100 kids come home to loving families.
- "Tag the Bag": http://www.juliegumm.com/2013/10/tag-the-bag-adoption-fundraiser-for-airfare/
- Baby Bottles: http://yestoadoption.blogspot.com/2010/12/adoption-fundraising-ideas.html
- Puzzle Pieces: http://yestoadoption.blogspot.com/2010/12/adoption-fundraising-ideas.html