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Q&A: Can We Help Specific Families Raise Money for Adoptions?

The second a gift goes to a specific person, it becomes a personal gift, not a charitable one.

Q&A: Can We Help Specific Families Raise Money for Adoptions?

There are families in our church who are trying to adopt. Can people who give money to specific families through our adoption funding ministry still receive a tax deduction on the money given?

Adoption funding is one of the biggest restricted giving issues. There's a natural desire to help families who are adopting. That's wonderful. But there's a difference between giving a gift to a church or a charity to provide the adoption funds, and giving the money specifically for one family. When it's given specifically for one family, this translates the gift into a personal gift, not a charitable gift.

This is happening in the crowdfunding arena as well. People are very well intended, and their hearts are obviously in the right place. But they're raising money, adoption-by-adoption, family-by-family, instead of raising money for adoption in general and letting the organization ...

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  • August 12, 2014

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