A Christian fundraising website is giving adoption a new platform.
GiveSendGo.com co-founder Heather Wilson says using her website to help people with the expense of adoption is "a very simple process" that begins by visiting the site and creating a campaign.
"Tell us how much money you want to raise [and] what you're raising money for," she details. "You upload an image; you say who the recipients of the funds are going to be, whether it's yourself or maybe you're raising money for somebody else. You plug in where you want those funds to go, and you go live, and you can start sharing your campaign with friends, family, [and] social circles."
Heather and her siblings, Emmalie Arvidson and Jacob Wells, founded GiveSendGo.com to convey that while money meets many of life's essential needs, it cannot fulfill a person's immaterial needs like love and belonging.
"We were sitting down at the end of 2013 and just talking about crowdfunding sites that were blowing up at the time, and we said, 'What kind of options are there for the Christian community?'" recalls Jacob Wells. "We looked around and didn't see anything, and being the entrepreneurs that we were, we just said, 'Let's go put something together.' And so that's been the journey for six-plus years now."
Wilson shares that adoption is close to their hearts.
"We both have been foster parents," she says. "[Jacob]'s getting ready to adopt, and I adopted about a year ago. When we see people come on to raise money to bring a child into their home, it is something that we at GiveSendGo really want to support and make sure that people have the tools that they need to be able to raise funds, because adoption can be expensive."
As for the supporters who may be unable to give financially, Wilson asserts that they can still aid people through prayer. The website's "pray now" button allows people to write a prayer for the families who are moving forward with adoption.