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Church Adoption Fund Webinar


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An overview of how Lifesong for Orphans can assist your church as you seek to serve your adoptive families and orphans

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Church Adoption Fund Webinar

  1. 2. Webinar – Church Adoption Funds Andy Lehman, Lifesong for Orphans Rich Metcalfe , Lifesong for Orphans Michael Monroe , Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Ministry
  2. 3. Michael, Amy, and family Rich, Becky, and family
  3. 4. Webinar “At-a-Glance” <ul><ul><li>Common Barriers & Solutions (Lifesong) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How a Fund Can Help Families (Lifesong) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church Fund & Your Church Vision (Lifesong) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tapestry/Irving Bible Church Fund – experience from the Church perspective (Michael) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 5 Common Issues/Questions (Michael) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than just money (Lifesong / Michael) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outside the Walls Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption without Borders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orphan Care </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q&A – open forum for your questions (Michael) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Common ‘barriers’ & their solutions… <ul><li>Barrier: Church staff “plate is already full” to administer fund </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Lifesong can manage/facilitate the Fund & carry the administrative load on behalf of church, using mutually agreed upon criteria (reviewing applications, accounting, donor receipts, disbursing funds on behalf of adoption, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barrier: Church feels uncomfortable/awkward approving/denying their own families (viewing financials, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Lifesong can provide all the screening, reviewing, approving/denying as a ‘partner’ on behalf of the church, using mutually agreed upon criteria for those decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barrier: Adoption Fund is unfamiliar territory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Lifesong has passion, and expertise in adoption funding processes, maximize stewardship, use existing grant/loan procedures, IRS approved, ECFA approved (establishes financial integrity & avoids recreating the wheel) </li></ul></ul>Fund is administered at no cost to the Church or the Fund!
  5. 6. Matching Grants <ul><li>Matching Grants of up to $4,000/per child ($2,500-$3,000 average) from your church fund. </li></ul><ul><li>Kingdom Activity: see adoption as “missions in reverse”… bringing the mission field home </li></ul><ul><li>Church Fund offers a $1-for-$1 match – mobilizes the Body of Christ! </li></ul><ul><li>Lifesong provides ‘Adoption Support Raising’ kit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Harlow family received $2,500 Matching Grant – raised over $11K </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Average Scenario: Matching Grant of $2,500 - mobilizes an additional $5,000 - average total grant funds for your adoption = $7,500 </li></ul><ul><li>*Key Strategy: mobilizes Body of Christ and leverages funds to bridge financial gap </li></ul>
  6. 7. Interest-Free Loan <ul><li>Maximizes stewardship by utilizing Federal Adoption Tax Credit – reducing the initial, upfront ‘cash-flow crunch’ </li></ul><ul><li>Interest-Free Loans allow the family to capture $13,170 Federal Tax Credit per child adopted </li></ul><ul><li>Families sign a covenant agreement to repay </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly or Annually </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(can use Fed Tax Credit to repay loan) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The loan ($8K, $10K, $13K) is repaid & passed on to the next family </li></ul><ul><li>*Key Strategy: funds become self-sustaining , where the loan repayments each month/year help to fund new families </li></ul>
  7. 8. Fund Raising Support <ul><li>Approved Family has a support raising fund established at Lifesong </li></ul><ul><li>Families are given an adoption fund raising kit to assist them </li></ul><ul><li>Family can receive gifts towards their adoption and Lifesong issues tax deductible receipts to donors </li></ul><ul><li>Lifesong manages the family fund at no cost to the family and pays invoiced adoption costs directly to the agencies </li></ul><ul><li>*Key Strategy: families are able to make it easier and more attractive for donors to give towards their adoption costs </li></ul>
  8. 9. Both Hands <ul><li>An Innovative method to help remove the financial barrier to your adoption and to help benefit a widow’s home . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You ask for 10+ volunteers to work on a Widow’s home for one day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The volunteers send out sponsorship letters as they work on the home. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100% of the funds donated would be used for adoption expenses. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 10. How does an “Adoption Fund” fit with your church mission/vision? <ul><li>Meet Needs </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orphans find homes, families are assisted and churches become more active </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Share Jesus </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption provides us with an opportunity to share the Gospel and point people to Jesus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Encourage Others </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allows us to put our faith into action; develop relationships/support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Do Justice </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We are called to seek justice for the oppressed, to lift up the downtrodden and speak up for the forgotten </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Live out Loud </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As the Church is active the community will see Jesus is alive and working in His people (Matt 5:16) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Why use a Funding Partner <ul><li>Flexibility - church can be as involved or uninvolved as desired </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly - fund can be established in 1-2 days </li></ul><ul><li>Administratively easy – Lifesong will facilitate and administer the Fund (at no cost to the Church or Fund) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualify/approve families (based on mutually agreed upon criteria) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administer the Funds, as agreed by Church/Lifesong partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disburse funds to cover adoption expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide tax-deductible receipts, mailings, accounting records </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reports - full transparency. Fund reports & updates are given as needed </li></ul><ul><li>100% of Donations Allocated to Fund - no admin costs deducted </li></ul><ul><li>“ Win-Win-Win” situation – Church actively engages in adoption ministry; financial roadblock is removed for family; orphan child is adopted; with little/no admin burden for church </li></ul><ul><li>Synergy – It is often possible to do more together than can be done on our own </li></ul>
  11. 12. Irving Bible Church (example adoption fund)
  12. 13. <ul><li>1. Choosing the right path and partner for creating an adoption assistance fund at my church – how do I know which option is right for us? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Mixing money and adoption within the context of our church and ministry – will this attract people who are just looking for financial help? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Having to say “no” to applicants – won’t there be hurt feelings? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Raising money for our fund – how will we raise the initial seed money and then sustain the fund going forward? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Using matching grants – if we use matching grants can’t that quickly get out of control and be a bit awkward if people are trying to raise support? </li></ul><ul><li>6. Our church being too small or not having enough money to start a fund – don’t you need a large church and/or a large fund balance for a fund to make sense? </li></ul>Top Church Concerns
  13. 14. <ul><li>Church isn’t a building . </li></ul><ul><li>The Challenge: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The body of Christ is equipped to help bring children into these Christian families, regardless of their geographical location or church affiliation. Would you be willing to reach more children together, than each church is able to alone? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does the Outside The Walls Adoption Fund Network Operate? </li></ul><ul><li>Create Priorities For Your Adoption Fund: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Church members and those associated with your ministry </li></ul><ul><li>2. Believers within your community </li></ul><ul><li>3. Adoptive families within the network </li></ul>
  14. 15. Adoption Without Borders ™ <ul><li>Church isn’t a building. </li></ul><ul><li>Christian families in other countries need financial help to complete the adoption of their countries orphans </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Adoption without Borders’ seeks to connect churches and individuals in the US with approved families – starting in the Ukraine </li></ul><ul><li>Together we use resources wisely to place children in forever families </li></ul><ul><li>We have helped place multiple children already by connecting a church in Texas with the need in the Ukraine </li></ul><ul><li>We are currently refining the procedure and hope to share more of this wonderful opportunity in the coming months </li></ul>
  15. 17. Orphan Care Opportunities… <ul><li>Partner with Lifesong by serving orphans in: </li></ul>Ethiopia Honduras India Liberia Ukraine Zambia
  16. 18. What are we doing? <ul><li>Orphanages </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Business </li></ul><ul><li>Community Development </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring / Discipline -- CCP </li></ul><ul><li>Job Training and more… </li></ul> More Info
  17. 19. Schools - Zambia
  18. 20. Sustainable Business - Zambia
  19. 21. Community Development - Zambia
  20. 22. School - Honduras
  21. 23. Orphanage - Liberia
  22. 24. Vision Trip - Zambia
  23. 25. Constant Christian Presence - Ukraine
  24. 26. Transition Homes - Ukraine
  25. 27. Transition Homes - Ukraine
  26. 28. Breaking the Cycle - Ukraine
  27. 29. Breaking the Cycle - Ukraine
  28. 30. Breaking the Cycle - Ukraine
  29. 31. Breaking the Cycle - Ukraine
  30. 32. Group Home - India
  31. 33. Overview… <ul><li>Inviting you… engage the Church </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We firmly believe that the only way we can change kids’ lives eternally is by engaging the US church and the indigenous church to come alongside the needs of orphan children </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consider a 3 year commitment to sponsor “adopt” one specific orphanage or orphan care initiative (Ukraine, Zambia, India etc) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Yearly Mission Trip </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team of up to 12-15 people visit an orphan care initiative / facility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prime opportunity / synergy – US church, local church & the children </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VBS & work projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Letter writing / Skype interactions </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quarterly letter writing to one or more specific children that you sponsor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skype web cam feeds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Financially support CCP ministry </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financially support the indigenous program and mentors (in country staff) who will do the year-round, daily mentoring and discipleship </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 34. Q&A Session
  33. 35. Contact Us <ul><li>Michael Monroe </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>469-569-9361 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Andy Lehman </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>309-747-4515 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Rich Metcalfe </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>309-747-4528 </li></ul></ul></ul>