Last weekend, Yura & I had the chance to go to the Together For Adoption Conference in Atlanta. My friend Meredith Toering joined us. It was truly an incredible time. We heard from folks like Dan Cruver, Tony Merida, & Noel Piper. We worshiped with others who are like-minded in the call God has given us to care for orphans specifically. We learned more about why it’s so important for every Christ-follower to be involved & further for every body of believers to be involved.
The breakout sessions were my favorite. Yura & I attended one about sustainable businesses for orphans & one about the legal process of an adopted child becoming a US Citizen. The next day Yura went to two breakouts dealing with the church & orphan care. I learned about a program for the unadopted orphans & went to a second session about abortion & adoption.
I am so thankful for the opportunity we had to go, made possible by some donations to Harvest and Hope.
While mingling & connecting with others during the breaks, I was brought back in my mind to a Social Entrepreneurship for Nonprofits class I took while at Samford. We were split into groups and required to create businesses. My group had the idea to create a Nonprofit Merger Clinic to help similar nonprofits merge together to better use resources & donations to achieve their missions. There are nearly 20,000 nonprofits in Alabama alone, seeking support from a limited pool of donors each year. Many of these organizations are doing the same things or have the same goals.
At the T4AC I looked around at all the groups who set up booths around the church and realized that so many of them are striving for very similar goals. Speaking from my experiences with Harvest and Hope, I know that there are administrative, banking, & government fees that are necessary & must be taken from a portion of the general donations [unless an organization has those fees specifically paid for by a donor].
I think if we could all move past “founders pride” [whether we wish to admit that we have it or not], donations could be maximized & more missions accomplished. I know this is a post about a long shot & probably not applicable to most of you who read this. But I feel like it’s a potentially practical solution to the issue of many missions & divided donations.