How Are You Raising Adoption Funds?

I often get requests from readers to share their fundraising efforts on my blog.  I would love to do that, but honestly, you would all go away and never come back.  However, I know how challenging it is to come up with thousands upon thousands of dollars, and many of you are very creative.

This is your opportunity to leave a shameless plug for your blog and your fundraising efforts.  Please write a very short description of  your fundraiser (one to three sentences), include your blog address or a link to a specific post, and submit it as a comment. I look forward to seeing your brilliant creativity.

You may also find some helpful ideas in this post:  Answers: Funding Your Adoption

Maybe you’ll get a great idea from another blogger or find a new blog to follow!

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

18 Comments

  1. Molly
    June 25, 2010

    We have a bunch of fundraisers… We are working with Just Love Coffee. http://www.justlovecoffee.com/IlyaandErika I am also selling shirts in my etsy store… http://www.etsy.com/shop/thepaperhat?section_id=7… We also have a photographer friend who is planning an evening of family photos and she is donating the proceeds to our adoption. But, none of those fundraisers have worked quite as well as just blogging about our story on our blog and telling the story of orphans in need. We're gotten some really generous donations from family and friends.

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  2. Amber
    June 25, 2010

    PRAY, PRAY, PRAY…God has provided over $30,000 so far, we have $9,000 left to go. Fees have been waived and pennies have been multiplied!

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    1. Melissa
      November 21, 2010

      Can you share with me how you raised so much? We are going to be starting the process in a few months but looking for fundraising ideas

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  3. Lisa
    June 25, 2010

    I have a few right now! I am selling handmade necklaces on my blog http://little-did-i-know.blogspot.com/2010/06/num… , am working with Just love coffee as well https://www.justlovecoffee.com/anglsamngu and am redesigning blogger blogs where a portion goes to my adoption fund and a portion is being passed on to a different family's fund each month http://blogswithpurpose.blogspot.com/ We will be selling handmade shirts soon as well! Thank you for this opportunity to post!!! 🙂

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  4. Dana
    June 25, 2010

    Calling all of Lisa's readers to help bring our 7 year old son home from China! Click through my personalized link to join Ebates: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=Ur0lrPtzti
    It's a free service that gives you cash back for when you shop online. After registering, click through the Ebates site and buy something you already need. When you make your first purchase of $20 through Ebates, my family gets $5 for our adoption. If 300 people do this, we get a $4500 bonus! Invite friends to join through my link, or use Ebates to start your own adoption fundraiser. Gotta love free money. Thanks!

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    1. Andrea
      June 30, 2010

      Hi Dana! Thank you kindly for sending your referral link to Ebates! I've just signed up and am excited to take part. Are you receiving a fair bit of response since you've posted on Lisa's site? Kind regards, Andrea

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      1. Dana
        June 30, 2010

        Thanks Andrea. So far the response has been good, but I still have a long way to go. Feel free to pass my link along to any friends who shop online. You can follow us at http://www.balladoption.blogspot.com

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  5. Jodi
    June 25, 2010

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get word out about our fundraisers! When I look at photos of waiting children it just makes me so sad that I don't have the cash to bring them all home, but God has blessed us with 3 bio kids and 2 adopted kids, with our third/fourth in the process( we are asking for a sibling group.)We are selling t-shirts, and girls dresses to help with adoption costs. We know that God will provide as we step out in faith. Our family blog is: http://www.headsup07up.blogspot.com , Our Dress fund-raiser is: http://www.sweetandsassy.blogspot.com, a post regarding our t-shirts is: http://headsup07up.blogspot.com/2010/03/overwhelm

    Thank you!

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  6. Melissa
    June 25, 2010

    We are selling necklaces. The beads are glass trade beads from Africa as well as Silver pieces from Africa. And we are also selling a 25 cent Ethiopian coin necklace. We are doing car washes and yard sales as well. Here is a blog post about our necklaces http://delightinweaknesses.blogspot.com/2010/05/i
    We also have a donate button and just pray that The Lord will send funds our way!

    Thank you for allowing me to do my shameless plug. 🙂 and by the way I would still read your blog. Such a blessing to have found it.

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  7. dorothy
    June 25, 2010

    Smile… with 8 adoptions in ten years we have sold, borrowed and begged our way through over $120,000 in expenses that we had little ability to pay on our own. That's the beauty of it! Watching the Body of Christ pull together as we realized time after time that we were in no way able to pay our childrens adoption costs. The "It's GODS baby, and they are His bills" sign has a permanent place on our fridge. He has always been faithful…and we have learned to release everything…retirement, saving, Christmas Presents (4 of them arrived in the month of December) our pride and that American streak of independance that says 'we can do it on our own.' Now we step out and fundraise (with God's amazing blessing) for others who have given it all for the cause of adoption and need a voice to bring in that last hurdle of funds…it's been 30 days since the most recent of ours was paid off. (Note I didn't say LAST ….God hasn't told us 11 is enough yet – but we know He will meet all of our needs…)

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  8. dorothy
    June 25, 2010

    I want to know how Lisa pays for her adoptions ? Huge trust fund? 🙂 Sending the others out to work the fields…selling off the older ones? Maybe you really have 15 kids?! (Just kidding)

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      June 25, 2010

      It is all a blur to me now! We brought home four children in sixteen months, so thousands of dollars were needed very quickly. We were exceptionally blessed by the gifts of our family and friends; they trusted us with their money and believed we were following God's calling on our lives. We also had two wine tasting events with appetizers, etc. that brought in many donations. We got a hefty grant for Honeybee's adoption that was a tremendous, out of this world, blessing.

      Most of all, we prayed — a lot — and God was faithful to meet our needs every single time.

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  9. Jamey
    June 25, 2010

    I made and sold Adoption Flag Blankets to help us raise costs for our adoption and now that we have our girl home I'm hoping to use the proceeds to sponsor a child in Ethiopia, start saving for our next adoption, and bless some friends who will be adopting as well. I have a few examples on my facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/mamaenat

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  10. Tisha
    June 25, 2010

    Not spending! I don't think that's technically a fundraiser 🙂
    We cut out cable, dropped the monthly cell phones to use basic pay as you go cell phones, stopped eating out, no vacations, no sporting activities for the kids (for one year), line dried clothes, thrift shopped for necessities, began using magic jack for our home phone ($20/year), gave only minimal Christmas and birthday gifts, and saved all the money we would have otherwise spent on those items. It adds up!
    Amazingly, that period of 'fasting' was one of the sweetest times of our lives.

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  11. Jennie
    June 25, 2010

    Lisa,
    Thank you for this opportunity. I have followed your blog for several months now. We too are a family of seven bio kids (3 sons, 4 daughters), homeschool and are adopting 2 additions to our family from Ethiopia! There have been so many days I would have loved to pick up a phone and call you to just compare notes, get encouragement, and/or give encouragement. I think of you often when a house full of children both blesses and somedays plain ol' wears me out. 🙂

    Our blog is http://www.oliveshootsandmuddyboots.blogspot.com We have pendants for sale there to raise money for our adoptions that are made and designed by me. Thanks again, Lisa. I lift your family up in prayer often.

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  12. Lori
    June 26, 2010

    To be honest, I have to be careful not to get a little discouraged about fundraising. We live a middle class comfortable life, but that does not mean we have $20,000 + sitting in our bank account to lay out for an adoption. We funded our first adoption with equity in our home. We received a few small gifts from family, but received no grants or anything as our income is too high.
    We are in the middle of our second adoption in two years and it has been interesting raising money. We are doing Just Love Coffee and don't make much through that. It probably depends on how many coffee dependent friends you have! We had a silent auction and we made a little over $2,000, but it was a LOT of work. We are going to be holding a garage sale this summer. I also make jewelry and have an ETSY shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/mosslakeoriginals. One of my featured items I make are family birthstone crystal bracelets that you can see here: http://lorismusings.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/moth
    I will say that if God calls you to adopt He will provide for the expenses in some way. It may not be in the way that you are looking for, but He will take care of what you need.

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  13. Natalie
    September 7, 2010

    I am in the middle of an adoption from an orphanage in Haiti, and have been desperate to try and raise funds. Thank you for this post and everyone's comments. I started making flower pendants and hair clips and am selling them on my adoption blog http://www.ourhaitianbaby.blogspot.com. I also started a Chip-In page with a description of my adoption and the costs, etc. I have not recieved much from the Chip-In, but a few hundred dollars from the flowers. It is difficult and discouraging at times. But, I pray about it every day and have felt from the very beginning that if I do my part, the money will come somehow.

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