Thousands of children enter foster care year. A gift from you could transform a foster child's life.
Who are the children that need a gift?: Children removed
from their birth families living in group homes or foster homes with the government as their parents. They are middle schoolers, teens, college students, siblings,
and older youth that emancipated from foster care. There are 500,000 of these
youth across the United States. Last year, 20,000 aged out of foster to care to
live on their own for the first time.
What kind of gift can I give:
Your donations are gifts that provide encouragement, demonstrate
caring, and meet basic
needs – come in many sizes to meet the individual needs of the children
serve. Because each person and/or business has different abilities to
support, we’ve established different levels of giving.
Gift ME 5 Campaign ($5, $50 or $500)
Compassion (Donate $1,000)
Gift Encouragement (Donate $2,500)
Gift Care (Donate
Gift Dreams (Donate
Gift Hope (Donate
Ways to Give:
Checks in the Mail: Send your check of any dollar amount payable to
Gift for a
Child at our address below. Click here for a pdf version of the form to
with your donation. The form is not required but is very helpful for our
Corporate Matching Gifts: If your employer offers a Matching Gift
could increase or double your donation to Gift for a Child. Ask your
manager or staff member responsible for employee charitable giving to
a matching gift form. Mail a copy of the form to Gift for a Child at the
Planned Giving: You can leave a
legacy for foster youth. If you are
interested in remembering Gift for a Child in your will or trust, or as a
beneficiary of your life retirement plan or insurance policies, please
our Executive Director.
Gift for a Child is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.
contributions to Gift for a Child are tax-deductible. As a requirement
the 1993 Revenue Reconciliation Act, we verify that no goods or services
value are given to you for your contribution.
Thank you for your generous support of Gift for a Child and foster
Mart (see below) Our unique gift mart provides donors with an
to select and purchase a unique gift for a child in foster care.
Gift My Bag $100
Thousands of children
in the United States need to be rescued from abusive situations each
year. These children are quickly removed from the home they grew up with
a few personal items often placed in a plastic trash bag. These children
are removed suddenly from the home they know and given little time to prepare
to move to the foster home or crisis center that they will be placed. Help us
by sponsoring a transition bag for youth that are being removed from their
Gift for a Grad Card $250
Graduating from high
school is an important accomplishment for for most teens, but for foster youth
graduating from high school is often celebrated along without anyone providing
a gift to say congratulations on your achievement. Last year we donated gift
cards to say we are proud of you to foster youth graduating from high school or
When a child in
foster care has a birthday, it is just like any other day. There are no
expectations of receiving a birthday card, cake, candles or a present. The average foster child experiences three to four moves
during the course of his or her stay in the foster care system. With so many
changes, it is not surprising that a child’s birthday often gets lost in the
shuffle. You can help say happy birthday by sponsoring a child’s birthday
celebration. Your donation provides a birthday card, wrapped present or a gift
card for a child in foster care.
Gift an Adventure $150
Many foster don’t get
to experience going to the theater, symphony, and an afternoon ballet, museum
visit or aquarium adventure. You can help by donating circus, movie or theater
tickets. We’re also looking for venues that will allow us to provide a cultural
experience that at risk and abandoned children dream about, but never
In-Kind Donations and Sponsorships
Gift a Difference Party
Teaching your child
that it is just as wonderful to give as it is to receive is almost never easy.
But once they understand the concept, the rewards can last a lifetime for them
and the child they give to. Consider hosting a Gift for a Child charity party.
Even if you aren’t a child, it’s a great way to spend time together with
friends or family shopping and then wrapping gifts for children in need. By
hosting a charity party for needy youth, a sense of giving is instilled in
children as well as adults.
Corporate Care Package Sponsors
If you are a consumer books organization, your package of goods can help meet the needs of a youth in college that has no one...
Golf for a Child
Gift for a Child’s
first tournament began as fundraiser that included golfers from major
corporations across the country. When we launched this event to help
children in need, older foster youth were paired with golf enthusiasts to
create a connection and life experience for both the foster youth and the
golfer. One of the highlights of the event was the exhibit of children in care
waiting to be adopted and a heart wrenching story of hurts and hope from a
foster youth (now in college) advocating for other children. We are planning
another event in 2011 and want to talk to golf pros, golf enthusiasts, amateur
golfers and anyone that just wants to play to give a gift of financial support
to help at risk, homeless and abandoned youth.
Arts, Photography and Writing for a Child
We’re looking for
artistic types like photographers, artists, writers, scrap bookers and others
to help us tell the story about children in foster care and those that have
transitioned out of foster care. If you are a photographer, videographer or
writer, please consider donating your time and experience for youth in care.
Give us the gift of your time. We have artistic programs called Picture
Adoption, Picture Charity, Picture Day and the Heart Gallery Southeast that
we’d love to speak with you about.