Agawam, MA, February 26, 2013 “ The Orphan Foundation announced the creation of a new type of fundraising event “ The Karma Lottery. In exchange for donation levels ranging from $5 to $200, The Orphan Foundation ˜gifts' back to the donor, a lottery ticket that ranges from a scratch ticket to œseason tickets where the lottery automatically notifies people if they win.
œInstead of creating another black-tie gala, we wanted to give something back to our donors besides an expensive dinner, according to Joe DiDonato, Co-Founder and President of the foundation. He went on to say, œWe really wanted to help them change their luck, in exchange for their financial help with our mission.
Dr. Tatiana DiDonato, Co-Founder and advocate for the world's orphans, stated that œThe orphan crisis has reached epic proportions. The number of orphans and displaced children in the world now exceeds 163 million, making this combined population the equivalent of the 7th largest nation on the planet. She went on to say that, œWe're hoping our Karma Lottery will help a lot of the world's children, as well as positively impacting the lives of our donors.
The foundation reports that the cost of adopting is nearly $20,000 for a domestic adoption, and $25,000 to $40,000 for an international adoption. The average cost to adopt through the foster care system varies widely, and reflects local and state support for those programs. œThis financial burden has created a huge barrier to solving the orphan crisis, as the cost of adoption has skyrocketed out of the reach of most families, added Joe DiDonato. Dr. Tatiana DiDonato went on to say, œAdoption should be free to any loving family that will open their hearts and homes to these beautiful children.
The Orphan Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, and is blessed with the wonderful mission of helping to rescue orphaned children - especially those children who are determined to have "special needs." The foundation helps lower and middle income US adopting families who are opening their hearts and homes to the world's orphans. These wonderful families have a significantly increased financial burden due to the cost of the child's associated medical or psychological treatments. The foundation is a resource for the Dave Thomas Foundation's adopting foster care families, and supports adoptions of all orphaned children around the world.