Please note: Campaigns on mySTORY are only for Lifesong-supported adoptive families, projects, and initiatives. Adoptive families must complete and be approved by Lifesong before launching their campaign. Download Lifesong’s Adoption Funding Support Application, here.
Who Can Apply?
mySTORY is open to all approved Lifesong Adoptive Families, as well as Lifesong Church Funds and Orphan Care Advocates.
What Types of Campaigns?
The primary focus of mySTORY is for Lifesong Adoptive Families to raise funds for their adoption. Church funds are able to raise support and as an orphan advocate, you can also raise funds for an orphan project.
PLEASE NOTE: Lifesong prohibits auctions, raffles, and other fundraisers involving the exchange of goods and/or services through mySTORY as we cannot receipt these as tax-deductible donations.
Where Do Funds Go?
Funds raised for adoption through mySTORY go directly into families’ Lifesong account and then disbursed. Funds raised for a church fund or orphan care initiative will go into their respective Lifesong account as well. This allows for funds to be tax-deductible.
- NOTE: Your family fund report will include the donations, however, they are not specifically noted “mySTORY”. Please note since mySTORY donations are processed through STRIPE they will take up to five days to show on your Family Fund Report after being processed, the report is updated automatically overnight
Can I Add Offline Donations?
Have donations that are not reflected on your mySTORY page? Enter Offline Donations to reflect your total funding! Offline donations can consist of Lifesong donations given via check, Lifesong Matching Grants or grants from other organizations, or money that has been given to you personally towards your campaign. Please note that…
- Offline donations will be submitted only by you, the storyteller. Lifesong staff will not enter mySTORY offline donations.
- If you have received a Lifesong Matching Grant, only donations received through Lifesong for Orphans will be reflected on your Family Fund Report and count towards your match. To avoid confusion or miscalculation, we recommend you wait to add the match to your mySTORY total until the entire match has been met.
- All accounting and your subsequent family fund report are based on donations received through Lifesong for Orphans, not necessarily all offline donations added to mySTORY.
How Long Until My Story is Approved?
Stories will be approved within 2 business days.
Many crowdfunding sites charge an additional 5-7% in administration fees. With a $10,000 campaign, over $1000 in fees goes to the site, but with mySTORY only credit card fees apply, saving families over $700 in additional fees. Other sites may issue project creators a 1090 and funds raised must be reported as income, mySTORY projects are grant-based.
*Please note that STRIPE will charge an administrative fee for credit card processing (2.2% + $0.30 USD per transaction). Donations will be decreased by the amount of this fee.
All transactions on this website are handled securely through Stripe. Upon submitting payment, you will receive an email confirmation for future reference.
Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
Individual donations $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt.