adoption fund fine print

We want you to know how grateful we are for any financial help you give toward our adoption.  We also want to be ethical and transparent about how we use the money that is given to us so that you can be sure your money is going where you intend it to go.

Here are a few things we want you to know when you donate to our adoption fund:

  • Money donated through our PayPal account (the "Donate" buttons on our blog) is subject to a PayPal fee of 2.9% + $0.30 for each transaction if paid by credit card.  This means that if you donate $10 to our adoption fund, we only see $9.41 of it (or if you donate $100, we only see $96.80).  We feel these fees are totally worth the ease, security and accessibility that PayPal offers, but we want you to know that a portion of your donation will go toward these fees. If you have a PayPal balance or a bank account set up on your PayPal account, these fees can be avoided.  Click here for step-by-step instructions.
    1. Your donation will not be tax deductible.  Oh, how we wish it could be, but the time and cost associated with becoming an eligible non-profit is simply not within our means.  Read more about tax deductible donations here and here.  If you have other questions, contact your accountant - he or she is probably much smarter than we are!
    2. We have set up a separate bank account specifically for our adoption donations.  We want to be sure there is no confusion between our day-to-day money and the money you have given us specifically to fund our adoption.  Our PayPal account is linked to this bank account and any other donations will also be deposited directly into this account.
    3. Should we find ourselves unable to proceed with our adoption at any point (an unexpected pregnancy or an unforeseen hitch in the process that is out of our control, etc), we will donate any money in our adoption fund to help another family's adoption.  We want you to know that the money in our adoption fund will be put toward the cause of "making a way" for an orphan to have a family no matter what.
    4. Should you ever want to know details of the costs associated with adoption, please do not hesitate to ask.  We promise to keep excellent track of every penny spent in this process so that we can be responsible for your generosity.

    You have our promise that we will be excellent stewards of your generosity.  We are so thankful for your support!