Foster care agencies do so much for children in need, whether they are providing kids with the family care they deserve or giving out scholarships to further a child’s education. But they can’t do it alone. They need monetary support from people like you. Regardless, you might be hesitant to donate to such an agency for several reasons. Here are some responses to commonly held reservations about giving foster care donations.
“Isn’t a monetary donation too impersonal?”
You may think that a donation isn’t worth as much as showing up and giving your time to an organization. While volunteering is a valuable gift to foster care agencies, donations are what allow them to continue to provide the best opportunities for children. You may not personally see the effects of your contribution, but you can be sure that it will result in good. There is nothing impersonal about gifting foster children something they truly need.
“I want to give, but I don’t have enough money to make a difference.”
Even just $5 can make a big difference in the life of a foster child. Kids and teens need so many small items we often don’t even consider when we donate. Socks, coloring books, cans of food, toothbrushes, toys: all of these are incredibly valuable to foster families and can be purchased for less than $5.
“Why should I give money when I have items I can donate?”
A lot of organizations accept items like food and personal care products. However, you should not let this dissuade you from contributing a monetary gift when you can. Agencies may not always be able to predict their needs. Writing that check will help them allocate their funds to whatever is needed most at a particular time.
“How can I trust that my funds will be used for the best purpose?”
You do not have to be worried about this when giving to organizations like TFI Kids Fund. Donations to our fund benefit foster families through TFI Family Companies in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
You can be assured that your donation will provide a valuable service. It might help a teenager get his driver’s education or allow a foster family a special outing they couldn’t otherwise afford. You can even specify where you want your funds to be allocated. TFI keeps track of all donations and will use them as directed. If you want to donate to a specific scholarship or program, you absolutely can.