It’s no secret that raising a family can drain the checkbook. Even more so if your family has grown by way of choice with adoption.  Because every adoption is unique there isn’t a pre-set price list or crystal ball to foretell how much the adoption of a child will cost. According to the Children’s Bureau fact sheet Planning for Adoption: Knowing the Costs and Resources, it is not unrealistic for the cost of adoption to reach $40,000-$50,000.  


While it’s impossible to place a price tag on love, not many have the ability to write a huge lump-sum check to cover adoption costs.   With the unpredictable and potential bank breaking costs, how can you prepare your finances? Initially your thoughts might gravitate toward taking advantage of tax credits, grants and employer benefits or even taking out a home equity loan.  However, there is a debt-free strategy to help cover adoption expenses:  fundraising. Adoption fundraisers not only help reduce the out-of-pocket expenses they provide an opportunity for family, friends and community to support and share the excitement of your growing family. 


To be successful in your adoption fundraising stay focused and have a plan with a monetary goal  – you won’t know the exact amount, so take a best guess.   When executing your fundraising campaign, be mindful of basic etiquette and fundraiser fatigue.  Money is complicated. Be transparent about your financial situation, keep donors up-to-date and show them that you’re willing to to do whatever it takes to adopt.  You have limited chances to solicit donations so focus on adoption fundraisers with the greatest money making potential. Family and social circles will be more than willing to support you, but don’t over ask. Take your adoption message to the general public to increase your support base. Set up multiple fundraisers; for each one use a different set of people as your donation pool.


Ready to start an adoption t-shirt fundraiser?

Popular & Fun Ideas for Adoption Fundraisers


  • Community Potluck
  • Community Yard Sale
  • Pancake Breakfast 
  • Taco Bar Dinner
  • Toy Auction
  • Fun Run/Walk
  • Parent’s Night Out

Fun, Easy & Low Cost Adoption Fundraising Ideas

  • Social Media #Hashtag campaign
  • Virtual Baby Shower
  • PayPal button on a Blog
  • T-Shirt Fundraiser

T-Shirts, really? Yes, T-shirts!  Why T-Shirts? 

T-shirts are the #1 most popular item to sell for adoption fundraising.  Why?  T-shirts are super soft and comfy. They are loved and worn by all! T-shirts are customizable with numerous styles and colors available as well as endless design options. Most importantly for your adoption t-shirt fundraiser, garments are an easy way to tell your family’s story and let people publicly show their support over and over. AND most of all, T-shirts serve as a reward and thank you to donors for their support!    

Tips for generating the most money with your t-shirt adoption fundraiser:  Keep the design simple and general – those who know you will be proud to wear a t-shirt with your name on it, but strangers won’t.  Choose fun, coordinating colors that appeal to both sexes. Hint: keeping to one or two ink colors will keep printing costs down.  

What’s better than selling t-shirts to raise money for your adoption fundraiser?  Selling t-shirts online!  Selling t-shirts via an online webstore makes it super easy to promote your adoption fundraiser and generate donations.  What’s more, when you partner with Fundraiser Tees, you are alleviated of the headaches of creating a custom ecommerce-ready website, personally housing inventory, taking orders, collecting money, and shipping the t-shirts to your supporters.  

What We Do

We make the process so easy to sell shirts for charity causes it really sounds to good to be true. We create your custom online store; the store presents your product and your cause and takes orders and payment.  Here is an example.
We then print your shirts and ship them to your customers. Think about it: you do not have to hire a website designer. You do not have to create an online portal to accept paypalcredit card payments. No time is spent on your part collecting the order, guessing quantities of sizes, collecting funds, dispersing the product correctly, etc. etc.
The only thing you have to do is go to your mailbox and get your profit check. To tell you the truth, this is a game changer. If you have ever been put in charge of a t-shirt
order before you know this to be true.

Are you ready to get started?

For those under 35 years of age, we understand: you do not want to talk to a human. That is why we offer an online form to fill out to let us know what you and your
cause is all about. (note: we do not just do fundraisers, we sell tees for any organization and purpose). If you are old school, please contact Mandy, who handles
all things administrative. She will get your questions answered and get you rolling on your free online store. It is truly exciting! See some of our other blog posts about
some of our success stories.

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Mandy Martinez

Mandy Martinez


Mandy is all things admin + production management + customer service.  Need to talk to someone about your order?  She’s your girl.

Fundraiser Tees! Such a great idea, easy no-hassle way raise money. Working with Fundraiser Tees is a no-brainer - the team is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The webstore and t-shirt design the artist created for me were top-notch, he is very talented.

Tim Alan

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