Adoption fundraising is a potential minefield for the unsuspecting. Before you decide to publicly raise money to adopt a child consider the following three uncomfortable facts. They may not be fair; they may not be right; but trust me, they are real. Don’t shoot the messenger.
#1 You will feel tempted to overshare your adoption “story”.
Raising money involves selling, and a powerful story sells. You will be tempted to share more of the “hard” facts about your child’s or birth parent’s life to make your fundraising more compelling.
Further, some people who give will feel like they deserve to hear the details. These are not bad people; in fact, they are likely very nice people who care enough to give you money or buy a product they don’t want in order to help you adopt. They probably won’t even realize they are asking for information that you may not want to share. Telling them in so many words that it isn’t their business will not be easy once they’ve given you money.