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Help Us Adopt: Changing the World One Grant at a Time

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Parenthood is an amazing thing—not for everyone, but certainly for me. I’m a sucker for pregnant bellies, babies and toddlers, but I don’t discriminate; kids of all ages bring me joy. Which is good, since I’ve brought five of them into the world.  And even though my experience is changing as one-by-one they’re heading to, or graduating from, college (something I’m admittedly struggling with), I never lose sight of how generous biology has been to me; easy conceptions, easy pregnancies, easy deliveries, a not-so-uncommon feat for many women, yet impossible for others. A fact I consider every time I start to fret about my eventual empty nest status. Having five kids’ worth of parenting memories, and more to come as they reach new milestones, is a gift that I don’t take for granted. Because I know that many, many women, and men, would trade my lament for the chance to bring even one child into the world with such ease.

It’s heartbreaking to watch friends and family struggle with infertility. Equally so, with adoption, a word filled with possibility, but also with uncertainty. After months of failed infertility treatments, “uncertainty” is a very difficult state to sustain. I know, because I have looked on helplessly as several of my friends have navigated the path of uncertainty with mixed results. Adoption can be a beautiful alternative, but it’s far from smooth-sailing. And though not everyone chooses adoption because of difficulty conceiving naturally, those who do, are emotionally and physically tapped out by the time they reach that decision.

What these men and women need most, is a strong support system, friends and family who will share the ups and the downs of their journey optimistically and lovingly. Who can help them vet resources and find creative ways to pay the bills.

One such resource is Help Us Adopt, a financial assistance grant program that provides qualified couples and individuals (regardless of race, religion, marital status or sexual preference) with grants of up to $15,000.00 towards their adoption expenses. Since filing as a 501(c)(3) in 2007, this dynamic, New York-based nonprofit has awarded $770,000 to 91 families. Grants are awarded twice a year, in June and December. The most recent awards were just announced last week: $10,000 to 10 families—two LGBT families, five heterosexual married couples, and three single women.  Continue reading

Giving Tuesday: Think Globally, Act Locally

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JUST IN from the #GivingTuesday team: Game Day details. Click the icon to find out how you can show your support for the next 24+ hours. It’s not too late.

Get into the GIVING spirit and spend your time and money where it has the power to transform your community, and maybe even the world.

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… by now you’re likely familiar with these trending—and trendy—designated holiday shopping days. Lesser known, is Giving Tuesday, a philanthropic spin on conspicuous consumption. The initiative is picking up steam as we close in on this year’s day of giving, Tuesday, December 3. I enjoyed reading, earlier today, that Bill Gates posted about this on his LinkedIn page; big names behind causes typically result in people paying attention. Which, they seem to be doing.

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Type #GivingTuesday into your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr search bars and you’ll be rewarded with all kinds of details, including what others are doing to show their support.  Continue reading