Please read the following important announcement from Kevin Haebom Vollmers of Land of Gazillion Adoptees. Your support will help make Land of Gazillion Adoptees Magazine a reality. Please support this important project with a donation; contact LGA here for instructions on how to donate. Also, please share the message with your communities – click here for a shareable copy of the message below.
Land of Gazillion Adoptees (LGA) is seeking partners to offer seed funding to cover our overhead expenses as we transition the LGA blog into the Land of Gazillion Adoptees Magazine. We are looking for financial partners who recognize the great ethos of the adoptee community, and wish to help adoptees to:
- discuss the nuances and complexities about adoption in meaningful ways;
- make more of an impact in the general public, fine arts, film, music, research, and public policy;
- and influence the adoption conversations that are increasingly more prevalent in the general public.
In the past year and a half, I have overseen the growth of Land of Gazillion Adoptees (LGA), a multimedia company premised on a simple, yet ambitious idea – it is the adoptees’ time to lead the adoption community. LGA started at the grassroots level as a small blog. Within a short period of time, the blog and corresponding Facebook page have become two of the most influential “go to” partners to those in the adoption community who wish to quickly and widely disseminate adoption related information. The blog obtains anywhere between 25,000-75,000 unique hits per month. The Facebook page is seen by anywhere between 5,000-17,000 individuals per week. It is not unusual for blog posts and status updates to reach 1,000+ in a matter of hours. And the reach is expanding to other spaces: an active Twitter account; a Tumblr page devoted to bringing attention to international adoptees who lack citizenship; Watch Adoptee Films, which features adoptee-centric films; and, adding upon the success of the anthology Parenting As Adoptees, plans for five other book publications, which will include two serials.
Beyond the numbers and diversity of reach, the content LGA, especially the blog, generates is influential. As a result of LGA activities, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) hosted an unprecedented meeting between adult adoptees from across the United States and congressional staff in Washington, DC. Minnesota Public Radio and The Kojo Nnadmi Show hosted standalone programs featuring adult adoptees. And an unlikely team, consisting of adoptees, adoptive parents, and staff members of the National Council for Adoption (NCFA), was created to draft and usher through the legislative process an amendment for the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 in order to offer all international adoptees retroactive citizenship. LGA has also been invited to participate in a conversation about the Adoption Tax Credit by The New York Times, landed interviews with well-known individuals such as Korean adoptee Kristen Kish of Top Chef, coordinated from the ground up successful micro-fundraisers for small organizations such as the Korean Unwed Mothers Families’ Association (KUMFA), gave other micro-fundraisers the “LGA bump”, and co-sponsored with the renown Loft Literary Center a reading for the adoptee anthology Parenting As Adoptees. In light of all this, the decision has been made to turn the LGA blog into a magazine, the goals of which will be to:
- elevate the voices of adoptees and their allies;
- form stronger bonds between adoptees and allies;
- extend the reach of the thoughts, perspectives, insights, and influences of adoptees and
- their allies into the general public, fine arts, film, music, research, and public policy.
To transition into a magazine, I have been able to pull together a diverse, well-established group of contributors. The following backgrounds are represented: Native American; Korean; Chinese; Ethiopian; Vietnamese; African American; Filipina; American Caucasian; adoptive parent; first/birth parent; and first generation immigrant population. These individuals will offer their insights and perspectives on: arts, entertainment, and culture; policy, legislation, and research; literature; food; photography; film; and numerous topics that have relevance for the contributors and their various communities. The contributors will use the following mediums: written opinion pieces; written columns; written and video interviews; short film essays; and photo essays.
Judging by the LGA blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr numbers, and quality of contributors, I estimate that the LGA Magazine will be able to obtain at minimum 10,000 subscribers within two years. Subscriptions will run at $50 p/year. Additionally, I am certain the magazine will be able to generate income through advertisement from small to large companies and organizations. With that said, the magazine will have expense to cover until it is financially sustainable on its own. They include:
- building/sustaining a website;
- film and travel expenses for film and photo essayists;
- time spent on contacting various communities to expand the magazine audience;
- time spent on obtaining advertisements.