Funding Adoption is our title – we are going to pause for a minute to consider adoption, because if we don’t get some basics truths in focus everything else becomes a problem. Here’s what I want you to focus on… Adoption is God’s idea, it is His heart, it is the Gospel and if He has called you to the journey and ministry of adoption then He will provide what is necessary.
And what about us? We are called to learn, care, be active and involved. And we are reminded that adoption is at the heart of the Gospel. So, we should try to keep clear in our minds that if we are feeling the stirrings of the Lord in our hearts to adopt, that we should respond to His call, join Him on the journey and look to Him to work out all things in His time. After all…
After all…This psalm reinforces the idea of God's sovereignty. He doesn't need anything from humans, because He already owns all of Creation; God doesn't need our gifts or wealth or our best efforts. What He desires are repentant, obedient and loving hearts. We need to remember who God is, remember all that He has done for us and that He accomplishes His plans in His ways and His time. So, with that in our minds about adoption, lets look at the funding!
Sometimes the idea of fundraising can be a scary thing, and for some, almost a dirty word! Instead of thinking about fundraising for your adoption, I want you to hold onto the truths about adoption and the Lord and think about advocating for the son / daughter that you are seeking to bring home. That should change the focus…
I don’t know if any of you have come across www.visualthesaurus.com - it’s fun. I had a friend introduce me to it recently. You put in a word and it is mapped out for you. Then you can follow leads and get a bigger picture… if you type in ‘advocate’ our active word for ‘love’ you get this…
So that is our working definition of fundraising – or for this time together, and as you leave today, our definition of ‘ loving orphans!
These issues were why Wyatt’s mother abandoned him.
While Wyatt was in a cold, impersonal institution in Lithuania, here in CA, Scott and Heather were fostering and adopting children with medical special needs. They saw Wyatt on a waiting child listing and God moved in their hearts to bring him into their family.
The same medical issues that cased Wyatt’s birth mother to reject him were used by God to call a family in the US to adopt him!
Who would have thought that a little boy with 1 finger on each hand and 2 toes on each foot would be rock climbing?
Heather told Andy that soon after the swing picture was taken, Wyatt was singing “Jesus loves me, this I know” which she reflected that he knew because the Bible tells him and because Scott & Heather live out God’s call and command in the Bible – they have become vessels of God’s love to a little boy who would not have known it.
Daniel – talk thru slides 18-36
Rich – 35+ interview Skip Perkins from Jeeah’s Hope
Kathy McKinney, Daniel LaBry, JT Olson, Mike Rusch, Skip Perkins,Rich Metcalfe
Father to the fatherless,defender of widows — this isGod, whose dwelling is holy. Godplaces the lonely in families.Psalm 68:5-6In you the orphan finds mercy.Hosea 14:3
Learn to do good. Seek justice.Help the oppressed. Defend thecause of orphans. Fight for therights of widows. Isaiah 1:17
“For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills...” Psalm 50:10“Therefore I tell you, do not worryabout your life, what you will eat ordrink; or about your body, what you willwear. Is not life more than food, andthe body more than clothes? Look atthe birds of the air; they do not sow orreap or store away in barns, and yetyour heavenly Father feeds them . Areyou not much more valuable than
… a person who pleads for the cause of orphans or expoundsand explains their plight by using the mind creatively in an intellectually appealing and highly cultured manner!
The “Wyatt’s” of the world are why it’s important!…
Born with: Cleft lip & palate 1 finger on each hand 2 toes on each foot Severe hearing loss Congenital heart defect
God truly…“sets the lonely into families….” - Psalm 68:5,6
I. God’s Pull Romans 8:15-17: “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.”II. God’s Promises 2 Corinthians 9:8: “God will generously provide all you need.” Philippians 4:19: “This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Matthew 7:11: Jesus said, “If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him”III. God’s Provision Romans 8:32: “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
◦ Overview of the Costs of Adoption How much will it cost? State Foster Care Domestic Adoption – $8-25k◦ International Adoption - $20-$35k +◦ All tools, ideas & organizations are just instruments in God’s hands… God is “Jehovah-Jireh ”!
◦ Directly awarded to family for adoption expenses◦ Given without repayment or fundraising◦ Mirrors grace freely given to us◦ Grants range from $2,000-$10,000+◦ Disbursed directly to adoption agency◦ Based on financial need
Matching Grants of up to $4,000/per child ($1-for-$1 match) Kingdom activity: see adoption as “missions in reverse”…bringing the mission field home. (involves family, church, community) Families given “turn-key” support raising kit ◦ Biblical act of making needs known (letter, Facebook, blog) ◦ Others donate tax-deductible gifts ◦ e.g. Harlow family - $2500 Matching Grant – raised over $11K ◦ 100% of donations to adoption expenses (no admin fee deducted) ◦ Church, family friends become engaged financially & prayerfully Average Scenario: Matching Grant of $2,500 - mobilizes an additional $5,000 - average total grant funds for your adoption = $7,500 7
Currently there is a federal adoption tax credit of up to $12,970 per child (for 2013) for unreimbursed “qualified adoption expenses.” See IRS Tax Topic 607: Adoption Credit (www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html), which provides general information about the current federal adoption tax credit. Note: Please be sure to consult your tax adviser for additional information and to understand how the federal adoption tax credit works and may impact you.
Reduces initial, upfront ‘cash-flow crunch’ Maximizes stewardship by allowing family to capture up to the $13k Federal Adoption Tax Credit Couples sign a covenant agreement to repay Monthly or Annually (can use Fed Adoption Tax Credit to repay loan) The loan is repaid & then circulated through the next family Funds can become self-perpetuating, where loan repayments each month/year can help fund NEW families
Tax Credits Federal (as mentioned previously) StateEmployer Adoption Assistance A number of companies have adoption assistance programs built into their benefits with some providing between $2,000--$10,000The military provides $2,000 www.adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org
Meet Needs Orphans find homes, families are assisted and churches become more activeShare Jesus Adoption provides us with an opportunity to share the Gospel and point people to JesusEncourage Others Allows us to put our faith into action; develop relationships/supportLive out Loud As the Church is active the community will see Jesus is alive and working in His people (Matt 5:16)
3 Options - in Creating an Adoption Fund ◦ Church CREATES own 501c3 (non-profit organization) ◦ Church MANAGES own funds, donations, distributions, screening, qualifying, etc. ◦ Church PARTNERS with an organization who will administer/facilitate the fund on behalf of the Church
Building from ground up gives total ownership in vision, opportunity & rewards Empowers lay people to get involved / but staff doesn’t administer Spins off an entity that can grow nearly unlimited ways Gives church financial separation between Fund & money Freedom to grow; not dependent/drain on church Allows the 501c3 responsibility to follow tax laws
Gives the church complete ownership Gets church clergy, staff, and decision makers involved Church can use the benevolence fund to avoid 501c3 Funds can be from inside or outside church budget Funds are maintained as part of the church budget Step-by-step instructions & case studies available Church is not dependent on third party
Build your team / Choose the right model Create your grant & loan guidelines What types of adoptions will we fund? Who is eligible? What percentage of the total adoption expenses will this grant supply Who on the team will make the grant decisions? Managing Accounting, donation receipting, verifying qualified expenses, funds disbursement, IRS guidelines, etc. Example/Sample: Step-by-Step Guide to start in-house fund: www.showhope.org/fund Lake Pointe Church – www.lpcadoption.org
◦ Partner can manage/facilitate the Fund & carry administrative load on behalf of church All screening, reviewing, approving/denying as partner of the church (agreed criteria) All accounting, receipting, disbursement of funds to approved agencies/expenses◦ Flexible – church can be as involved as desired◦ Quick – funds can be set up in 1-2 days◦ Branding – Church Fund is “branded” as Church desires◦ Reports – monthly financial reports given to Church (balance, disbursements, etc.)◦ No Cost – no administrative fee / 100% of donations to Fund
◦ Church & Partner have initial conference call to set up Fund Church shares criteria/preferences for making decisions◦ Members of Church apply to Church Fund on church-branded application◦ Applications come to Partner, who processes application as Church desires◦ Grant/Loan decision make in conjunction w/ Church◦ Partner handles all disbursements & expenses ABBA - www.abbafund.org/churchadoptionfunds.htm Lifesong - www.lifesongfororphans.org/adoptFund.html Iriving Bible Church (Tapestry) - www.tapestry.irvingbible.org
One for the WIDOW & One for the ORPHAN Innovative tool to remove financial barrier A team fixes up a widow’s home Renovation provided for free to widow (donated labor & construction materials) Sponsorship donations help fund adoption expenses How does this help fund adoptions? 100% of donated sponsorships are used for adoption expenses Disbursed as Adoption Grant http://vimeo.com/6483710 www.bothhandsfoundation.org
Challenge and Support families so 100 children can be adopted Adoption Fund exists as one component to financially help those same 100 adoptionswww.hopefor100.org
Connected Child (book) Created to Connect (Study Guide/workbook) Empowered to Connect Resources
Adopting 1 yr old, cleft lip, India (already had 2 children in family) ◦ Adoption Cost: $31,350 $3,300 - from savings $10,000 – adoption loan $2,500 – adoption matching grant $12,906 - donated, result of matching grant $3,000 – direct grant from organization $2,000 – unexpected property tax refund $300 - garage sale proceeds that friend held
Adopted 2 yr old, China (already had 5 children in family) ◦ Adoption Cost: $25,050 $2,000 gift from their church $2,000 savings $2,000 sold personal items $3,000 matching grant $9,716 donated, result of matching grant $1,000 result of giver after reading newsarticle $2,000 (2) anonymous givers $1,000 each $3,500 sister donated FF miles to pay for flights/airfare
Kathy McKinney, Show Hope firstname.lastname@example.orgDirect Grants, Church Fund guides Daniel LaBry, ABBA Fund email@example.comCovenant Loans, Administer Church Funds Rich Metcalfe, Lifesong for Orphans firstname.lastname@example.orgCovenant Loans, Matching Grants, Administer Church Funds