Friday, June 10, 2011

First lesson in Fundraising

Did I mean to type, SAVE? No.
That would be number 2. I can promise you, in our fundraising experience, that the #1 is to GIVE.

"..give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."
Luke 6:38

*Disclaimer: I have been wanting to write this post for months but was hesitant for fear of readers thinking I was sharing so that they would donate to our adoption. I was thinking I would wait until our adoption was final and we no longer had a donate button. But as this week's events unfolded, I thought, "People ask me about fundraising advice and this really should be my first response."
And so I am sharing, please know that the purpose behind this is not a guilt-push-give-to-our-fund post, but an encouraging-trust-Him approach to fundraising.

I have received several e-mails asking about fundraising. I have been so encouraged to connect with other families that are working to bring home their little one(s). That was one of our purposes behind the "Minus 1 Project" title: encouraging other families to start their own "Minus 1 Project". The "Project" meaning fundraising to result in one less orphan.

An obvious approach to fundraising or raising money is to save: cut back on the nonessential items (things you would like to have but could wait a year or two to have, for example beautiful wicker porch furniture with big, comfortable cushions in a lovely floral pattern, used of course). But another some-what logical idea would be to cut back on giving. Why would someone who is trying to save money continually keep giving money away? The answer: the promise above in the book of Luke.

The other evening we had several chances to give money to different causes and needs. In the process of doing that, I was hesitant to the amount that my husband suggested we give. It seemed a bit much to me, but we did. (Please, I am not bragging or boasting..I am simply sharing a story, that is part of our adoption journey, which is one of the purposes of this blog.)
The following morning we woke up to several "Notification of payment received" emails that nearly doubled what we had given away. Later that afternoon before paying out a bill that was due, I called to check on the amount only to find out we need not pay at all. Really? Yes, the man explained that there should have been a note attached reading that the fee had been removed. Why? He even was unsure of the reason, but assured me we owed nothing.

Does this happen every time we donate or give? No, but it is amazing how while continuing to give, our savings increases. And, especially the times that my heart is hesitant, it assures me, once again, that God's promises are true.

"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2Cor. 9:7-8

This post certainly would not be complete without acknowledging and thanking all of those who have given to our family. Whether it be through the donate button, a fundraising item purchase, or check, you are encouraging me to have a giving spirit. We KNOW we could not be doing this without each of you. We take no credit for ourselves. Fundraising only works when others are willing to give, to sacrifice, to bless, to invest, and to obey.



  1. LOVE IT Kelly!! We also have found this to be sooooo true!! 1 of the crazy things that happened to us is our mortgage went DOWN!! That has NEVER happened, every year it seems to go up. God is So faithful:)

  2. Kelly...I love this is sooooo true. Some of our largest donations came in from people who didn't know us but saw that we were giving our Solomon Beads away to other fundraising families. Talk about incredible...God is so amazing!!!

  3. We have found this to be true as well. Even with our adoption expenses, we are better off financially than we were when we started the process. Amazing!! At the beginning of our journey, I was really nervous about how we were going to come up with the money. My wonderful husband reminded me that when God calls us to do something, He's going to provide the way. And He has been so faithful.

  4. Love this post! This is something I've been struggling with throughout this process. Ever since we started out I seem to have a much tighter grip on our money than before, because we need all of it. But I have slowly been learning and seeing exactly what you're talking about here. We've got a long way to go, but we'll get there and hope to help many others get there as well!

    P.S. I used my beach bag last weekend, it was the perfect size! Love it!!

  5. AMEN!!!! We too have experienced this first hand! The Lord has always provided no matter what! Even when we thought- this will set us back......NO IT WON'T!!! GIVING is indeed the first part to saving to do God's Will :)

  6. This is SO SO true! It took me a while to figure this out, but God is so faithful when you use His resources for His good!

    Brooke Annessa

  7. So true! As my mom always says "You can't outgive God!".