We had the good fortune of connecting with Becky Fawcett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Becky, how do you think about risk?
I grew up always taking the safe road. When I was 29 in 1999 I thought I had the job of my dreams. My boss thought otherwise and I ended up quitting before I was fired. I didn’t have another job in place (which was a little terrifying)–I had another dream—I launched my own PR firm and never looked back. That was the beginning of my love of risk. Fast forward to 2007 and Helpusadopt.org. Starting a national non profit with zero capital was risky and the worst part about it for me was that I was risking public failure if it didn’t work out. That was a hard pill to swallow. But I knew in my heart and my head that the business plan and model was solid and the idea for an all inclusive, non religiously affiliated adoption grant program with no application fee and large problem solving grants was worth the risk. The people that I thought we could help were worth the risk.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I never intended to create a national adoption grant program. However, when I went looking for one to support in 2005 I was so disappointed to see that the existing programs were very limited / discriminatory in how they defined family and adoption.
I immediately wrote the business plan for the adoption grant program that I would like to support and that was for one that didn’t define family, didn’t define religion, didn’t dictate HOW these family should adopt. I wanted to create an organization where Family Equality was a driving force. I wanted to create an organization free from religion, without an application fee (that is not helpful to applicants) and one where the grants could really make a difference to close the financial gap and bring these children home (our grants are up to $15,000). I am so proud that our doors are open to all including single parents and the LGBT community—both are underserved in the world of adoption grants. This is Helpusadopt.org!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in NYC and the list of favorites is long. I’d say wear some comfortable shoes and let’s head downtown via subway. We could have lunch at a diner and then a fancy dinner at Balthazar. I’d want to take them to The Whitney Museum and the High Line (in the Meat Packing District) both personal favorites. MOMA , The Met and The Guggenheim would also be on the list. The inspiration in NYC is found by walking and being aware of your surroundings. I find so much of my daily inspiration in people on the street and their fashions. And to top it all off a walk through Central Park is a must!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t even be here talking about adoption if it wasn’t for my two girls and their birthmothers. Becoming a mom by adoption changed my life in ways I never imagined. They are my daily inspiration.
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