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Gift of Adoption welcomes new leadership from St. Charles Community

Mar 03, 2017 09:33AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Russell Evans

Chicago​, Illinois​​ – Gift of Adoption, a national charitable organization providing financial assistance to complete both domestic and international adoptions​, announces the appointment of a new leader to its national board of directors. ​St. Charles, Illinois resident Russell Evans joins the Gift of Adoption national leadership team and will play an integral role in helping Gift of Adoption grow its ability to unite more children with forever families.

“Our goal at Gift of Adoption is to increase the number of children adopted each year by providing the final funding needed to complete the adoptions of vulnerable children.” says Pam Devereux, Gift of Adoption CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Evans ​​ to our leadership team and know he’ll make a tremendous impact and be a vital addition to the board.”

​Today, there are more than 150 million orphans in the world with 415,000 children in the U.S. alone living without permanent families. For many children, it’s the high cost of adoption that stands in the way. Gift of Adoption helps put adoption in reach for more children in need by eliminating financial barriers that prevent many hopeful adoptive families from welcoming a child home.

In his role and as part of the national leadership team, ​Evans​ will help Gift of Adoption expand its national reach ​to help unite more children with a forever family.

Evans is the founder of RAE Enterprises, where he works with small to midsize businesses seeking enterprise growth through MaaS (Marketing as a Service). During his 20 plus-year career, he has transformed global businesses across a diverse set of industries and functions, including consumer goods, retail, restaurant and hospitality, automotive and software. He is a father of three and resides with his wife and children in St. Charles, Illinois.

Over the past 20 years, Gift of Adoption has awarded $5​.8 million in adoption assistance grants to unite 2,005 children with families across the U.S. The organization prioritizes grants for those adopting the most vulnerable children facing what is likely their last or only chance at adoption. This includes families who are working to unite or keep siblings together and those adopting children with critical medical conditions or kids aging out of orphanages.

For more information on Gift of Adoption, visit