Make a Gift. Make a Difference.

Give a Gift of Love to the Barker Adoption Foundation

Your donation allows The Barker Adoption Foundation to provide no-cost pregnancy counseling, find permanent families for older foster youth, build families through infant adoption, and provide sound post-adoption support for all touched by adoption.

Barker primarily serves the children and families located in the Washington Metro Area, including Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. On behalf of those we serve, we thank you for your financial contribution to the agency. Because our mission is to provide lifelong services for all in the adoption constellation, fee income has never, and can never, cover all the expenses of these services.

Some of the financial ways you can give to The Barker Adoption Foundation are listed below. You have the option to make a one-time donation or a recurring payment (e.g., weekly, bi-weekly, monthly).  

Make a Lasting Impact

For almost 75 years, Barker has served women facing an unintended pregnancy and creating families through adoption. By including Barker in your will or estate plan, you help ensure Barker continues to fulfill this mission well into the future.

A planned gift is a meaningful way to express gratitude and continued support for Barker’s mission to serve all members of the adoption community. Your foresight and generosity will make a lasting difference at Barker and be appreciated by future generations.

How It Works

You can remember Barker in your estate plan in a variety of ways:

  • Give a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate through your will or trust
  • Leave a specific asset, such as artwork, jewelry, or real estate
  • Name Barker as a residual beneficiary of your estate, so that Barker receives the remainder after all other bequests have been satisfied
  • Designate Barker as a sole or partial beneficiary of a retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or IRA
  • Recommend that Barker be considered as a successor beneficiary of your donor-advised fund
Donate to Barker Foundation's Annual Fund

Annual Fund

Your donation to our Annual Fund provides urgent, unrestricted funds to support all of the agency’s operations. Close to 20% of Barker’s annual budget is raised through donations by generous individuals like you.

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Donate to Barker Foundation's Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor/Memorial Gift

A donation to Barker is a meaningful way to honor someone special, or give in memory of a loved one. A gift to The Barker Adoption Foundation is not only a thoughtful way to honor or remember others but also helps support ethical adoption services for all.

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Donate to Barker Foundation's Legacy II /  Endowment Fund

Legacy II/Endowment

Income from The Legacy Fund provides a vital financial safety net, allowing Barker to work in a stable, debt-free environment – assured in our ability to provide services crucial to all members of the adoption community in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.

To make a pledge to Barker's Legacy II Endowment campaign, please email Anne Christman.

Other Ways to Give

The Combined Federal Campaign is the workplace giving program of the United States’ Federal government. Each fall, Federal employees are invited to donate to a charity of their choice – and we hope that you will choose Barker! You can elect to have a specific monetary amount withdrawn from each paycheck or make a one-time donation. Donating through the CFC is a proven, effective and efficient way to support Barker. For more information, please visit http://www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign. Barker’s CFC designation # is 38308.

For more information, please contact Anne Christman, Director of Development, at 301-664-9664 or by email at achristman@barkerfoundation.org.

Many companies and organizations have a “Matching Gift Program.”  For every dollar you donate to Barker, the employer will also donate.  This is an easy way to double or triple the strength of your contribution.  Check with your HR department to find out more.

For more information, please contact Anne Christman, Director of Development, at 301-664-9664 or by email at achristman@barkerfoundation.org.

Planned giving is an easy, tax-smart way to leave a legacy to Barker. Please speak with your financial advisor to determine the best way to honor the role Barker has played in your life.  Ways to incorporate a planned gift may include, for example:

  • Designate The Barker Adoption Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, living trust, or other estate plan;
  • Create a charitable remainder trust;
  • Create your own family-named fund;
  • Establish a charitable gift annuity with The Barker Adoption Foundation as the beneficiary.

For more information, please contact Anne Christman, Director of Development, at 301-664-9664 or by email at achristman@barkerfoundation.org.

A gift of stock is a wonderful way to support Barker.  Please contact the Development Office at 301-664-9664 for guidance on how to donate stock to Barker.

For more information, please contact Anne Christman, Director of Development, at 301-664-9664 or by email at achristman@barkerfoundation.org.

When you next plan to shop on Amazon.com, please visit AmazonSmile and select The Barker Adoption Foundation as your charitiable donation beneficiary. Or, go directly to this link to automatically designate Barker. For eligible purchases at amazon.smile.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% to Barker. It's that simple.

For more information, please contact Anne Christman, Director of Development, at 301-664-9664 or by email at achristman@barkerfoundation.org.

In addition to financial support, your in-kind donations such as medical supplies, baby care items, and new clothing are appreciated by our foster care families and our relief efforts for children in overseas orphanages. We also have on ongoing “Wish List” of needed for our offices and related administrative equipment, supplies, and services.

For more information, please contact Anne Christman, Director of Development, at 301-664-9664 or by email at achristman@barkerfoundation.org.

Volunteer / Intern at Barker

Volunteer at the Barker Adoption Foundation
Volunteer at the Barker Adoption Foundation

Volunteers are at the heart of our mission.

Every day, volunteers help us find permanent, loving families for children by donating their time and talents – while simultaneously building their own new skills. Service and/or academic credits may be available for middle-school and high-school students. Unless otherwise specified, work location is Maryland, Virginia, and/or Washington, D.C.

The types of activities and events we often need volunteers to support may include, for example:

  • Communications mailings
  • Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference
  • Guest bloggers for the Barker blog
  • Grant research
  • Photographers at Barker events
  • Fundraising events including Lunar New Year, 70th Anniversary Gala, “Barker Goes Nats!”
  • Organizational tasks around the office
  • "Phonathon" fundraising calls
  • Data entry
  • Connect Mentoring

For more information, please contact Anne Christman, Director of Development, at 301-664-9664 or achristman@barkerfoundation.org