In an independent adoption such as ours, there are very few ways to allow for people to give tax deductible gifts. We are not a 501(c)3 organization and therefore as we shared way back in this post... we are committed to being responsible with the funds entrusted to us, but we could not give you any tax deductible receipts. Yet, as you now can see in the awesome thermometer to the right of the screen - you have given anyway!!
There are also not many opportunities in an independent adoption to apply for grants from organizations. There are many wonderful organizations to help offset adoption costs, but we found only a couple that we could apply to.
LifeSong for Orphans is one of those organizations. We applied in August, just after receiving USCIS approval, and found out TODAY that we can be set up with a tax-deductible account through them. The instructions are posted below.
I have changed our donate button on the side from youcaring.com, that has served us well so far in this process, to instead, lead you to LifeSong's donation website.
We are praying that we will soon qualify for a matching grant with LifeSong for Orphans as well. We may not know that for a couple of days or even a week or so... but here is the AWESOME part! IF we get a matching grant (it could potentially be up to $4000 - but that depends on the funds they have available and we just don't know that yet) and if you have already donated through the LifeSong for Orphans account... your amount will still be matched, dollar for dollar.
For example: if you give $10 tonight, and next week sometime we find out that we get a matching grant - your $10 will then retroactively turn into a $20 credit in our account!
Unfortunately, this cannot apply to any gifts given prior to today that were given outside of the Life Song account.
So, worst case scenario, we will have immediate access to whatever funds you donate to apply towards these final costs.... AND you get a tax receipt (according to the rules stated below) and BEST case scenario, your amount MAY be doubled!!!!!!
So, here are the instructions:
You can click the link to the right of the screen and simply submit (our family name and account number should be noted: "Mayhew / #4091" ....
Checks should be payable to “Lifesong for Orphans". In the memo line put "Mayhew / #4091" to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.
Also, Lifesong requires I tell you this:
NOTE: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. Individual donations $250 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $250, will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.