November 20


Transitioning donors to support family-based care

Most children in orphanages globally have living parents or relatives unable to care for them due to a lack of financial resources and social support. A new movement aims to reunite these children with families.

Good ministry cannot happen without stable funding. When planning to transition your model of care, it can feel overwhelming. How will you bring donors with you? How will you fund initial costs?

Over the past year, we have studied organizations that have successfully transitioned to a family-based model and brought their donors with them.

Getting donor buy-in is the biggest challenge The most significant problem that orphan and vulnerable children-focused organizations face is getting buy-in and bringing donors along on the journey.

Without donor buy-in, transitioning can come to a halt due to inadequate funding. This can negatively impact an organization and the children in their care.

As a result, choices about care quality may need to be made based on funding, rather than the best interest of children.

Donors may disconnect because they do not understand the need for transition and change. They may be very committed to the current model. Additionally, donors may have concerns for child safety that need addressing, along with questions regarding the orphanage buildings, staff, and infrastructure.

In this guide by CAFO, you’ll learn the five steps to help transition your donors to improve fundraising outcomes and create the financial capacity to provide better care for vulnerable children and families.


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