Adoption Fundraising Ideas

Oftentimes, one of the most intimidating aspects of pursuing adoption is the cost. While it can be an extremely expensive process, rest assured that online crowdfunding, the power of social media and complementary offline events can help you raise the money you need to bring your child home. Family members, friends and neighbors in your community will likely want to lend a hand and contribute to your cause, which is ultimately a decision to provide a loving home and promising future for a child in need. 

Step by Step

Whether you decide to adopt domestically or internationally, a strategic campaign will have you moving in the right direction and ease the burden as you navigate the maze of paperwork and other tasks at hand. Sharing your campaign via social media and email, providing updates of your progress along the way and posting plenty of images are the keys to online fundraising success. Meanwhile, augmenting your crowdfunding campaign with offline efforts and other ideas demonstrates your dedication to adoption and encourages potential donors to contribute. Remember that every small initiative and every dollar gets you that much closer to your dream of becoming adoptive parents. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute released the following statistics.

  • Nearly 400,000 children in the U.S. do not have permanent families.
  • Around the world, approximately 17.9 million orphans are on the streets or in orphanages.
  • Approximately 2 percent of the total child population in the world is adopted.

Six Great Adoption Fundraising Ideas

  1. Host a Kickoff Picnic or Party

    A launch event gives friends and relatives the opportunity to celebrate a new chapter of your life, and you have an opportunity to outline your fundraising plans and solicit help. People who want to get involved can volunteer to lead certain fundraising projects, and you can look to those with specific realms of experience or expertise to strategize. Ask guests to share the link to your crowdfunding campaign on their social media accounts and compile a list of contacts who may be willing to donate.

  2. Hold a Benefit Concert

    Invite a local band or some musician friends to perform live at your home and gather your friends and family for a fun-filled evening. Advertise the event in your neighborhood or community center as well, and charge an entry fee via a donation to your online campaign. Not only do you get to enjoy live music and socialize, but you can use the opportunity to spread the word about your adoption and hopefully persuade people to contribute more to your cause. Have a computer set up at the event as well for those who would like to donate.

  3. Use Your Skills to Raise Money

    Everyone has a skill that they could likely teach to someone. Talented cooks may consider holding a themed culinary class in their kitchen for a registration fee paid via an online donation. Similarly, a gifted artist could hold painting or drawing classes, and those who excelled academically may want to advertise private tutorial services for students. If you know a foreign language, you can raise money through one-on-one classes or tutoring privately. Use your skills to your advantage.

  4. Organize a Raffle

    Raffles are a great way to entice people to contribute to your cause. Think about what you might be able to provide as raffle prizes. It could take the form of an activity, an invitation to a high-end dinner or something else entirely. Approach local businesses you deal with regularly to see if they would be willing to donate an item, an activity or a gift certificate to your cause. Hold a raffle reception and sell tickets via a donation to your online campaign at the event. And as always, provide lots of material about your adoption at the event, including pictures!

  5. Advertise a Lawn-Mowing or Babysitting Service

    If you have older children, nieces and nephews, or other family members and friends who are willing to contribute their time to your cause, have them babysit or help mow lawns to raise money. This is a great way to engage some of your family members in the process and let them feel included in your fundraising efforts. Because they won't witness the physical changes that lead up to the birth, your older children, nieces and nephews who participate in this part of your campaign begin to prepare for the arrival of a new sibling or cousin. On your campaign page, you can offer the services as "gifts" for donations of a certain amount. Donors who contribute $50, for example, can receive four hours of babysitting.

  6. Throw a Yard Sale 

    Gather old clothes, furniture and anything else that's gathering dust in your attic and host a yard sale. Also solicit donated items from friends or neighbors who need to get rid of some things, and consider asking a local faith community or other gathering place if you can leave a box for people to donate items for the sale. Advertise your adoption fundraiser yard sale throughout your neighborhood and on your campaign page. On the day of the event, offer free lemonade and other goodies, promote your cause with a sign saying "We're Adopting" and collateral about your online fundraiser, your progress and the yard sale as an additional initiative of your campaign. Set up a donation station with a laptop for anyone who would like to contribute more to your online campaign. 

Forever Home

While the expenses associated with adoption may seem insurmountable, you can stay positive and determined throughout the process, knowing that through crowdfunding and great fundraising ideas, you will ultimately find joy in welcoming your new family member. If you haven't already started your campaign, launch your adoption fundraiser today!