Donation Information/Projects


Donating to Open Hands is a unique experience.  All overhead costs come out of the General Fund, so 100% of funds donated to specific projects are directed to that project.  And while we support many special projects, we also administer donations to ease life challenges, and the situations of the ill, elderly, and dying, and have done so for 36 years.

Please consider donating to any of the organizations, individual needs, or long-standing accounts you see listed below.  Even the smallest amount can make a big difference.
And all are tax-deductible.

We invite you, should you have, or know of, a need in your community, or a special project that you would like to support, to fill out an application.  The application process is easy and usually takes less than a week.  Access the application here.



Nepali for Nepali

Your donation to this non-governmental organization purchases brick-making machines and empowers local residents to rebuild homes and schools after the earthquake.  There's a charity event on December 1, 2016 for Nepali for Nepali -- in Nepal! (More info at Facebook).  Send your donation to Open Hands and we'll make sure it gets there.  Read More.


INEPE is a school serving the barrios of south Quito, Equador. Its founders hold the ideal that educating children with the participation of the community contributes to a world in which all live with happiness and in harmony with the planet. In addition to offering a high-quality pre-K-12 education, the school serves and is served by all generations of the community.  Read More

Ian Robertson Fund

A fund honoring the memory of a beloved horticulturalist, landscape designer, teacher, and author, which will establish an interactive and educational site that is open to the public.   Read more.

Compassionate Clowns

Your contribution is used for training and supplies. This colorful troupe lightens up situations for children and others in hospitals, nursing homes, and where requested. Read more.

General Fund

Every organization has running needs.  Open Hands pays two people a $100 a month stipend for the work they do.  We have occasional printing costs, and needs for minor office supplies, like envelopes and stamps.

Individual Needs

Maria's Journey to Health

Maria needs assistance with expenses as she devotes herself to her healing process. She has Stage 4 cancer. Read more.

Robert Davis

Robert is learning to live in the world outside of prison, after being jailed for 13 years. Read More.

Michael Underhill

A fund to assist with the needs of Michael Underhill's family, and the settling of his estate. Read More.

Charlotte James

Your gift helps Charlotte pay for many medical expenses related to having chronic Lyme. Read More.

Jay and Denise DeMaio

Jay has completed his third round of chemotherapy. Your contribution allows Jay, his wife, and 2-year old to offset some expenses at the end of the month.

Jodie Martin

Ms. Martin's disability benefits are still pending after nearly a year.  She was a teacher's aide for Louisa County Schools, whose health forced her retirement.  Your donation  helps her to meet basic needs. Read More

The Caregiver Fund

Open Hands makes this fund available to help with expenses incurred by any caregiver: teachers, parents, nurses. It has been used to provide food as an incentive to attend a class; tires; gas; rent; supplies. Donations to this account are most welcome.

Katherine Anne

Help Katherine combat chronic Lyme Disease. She has been healing from Lyme since 2006 and was undiagnosed until 2011. She enjoys sharing her creativity and serving the community and wants to continue serving. Your donation will enable her to have a primary and regular health practitioner, fund the protocols for treatment, and rest as needed. Thankfully there are now excellent protocols for Lyme, however they aren't covered by her insurance and are unaffordable. Anything is appreciated and her goal is to raise $5,000.00 for the next year of treatment. Thank you!

Friends: Long-Standing Accounts


Mariah enjoys a life free of whatever it was that ailed her, and continues to put her unique spin on any situation she finds herself in. We hold her in our hearts, and welcome all donations on her behalf. For more information click here.

The Noah Friedman Special Fund

Noah is enrolled at the Virginia Institute of Autism, and continues to practice hard to integrate helpful ways to interact in the world from his very special way of seeing it. Noah's parents walk this very difficult walk with him.

Blue Ridge Sufi Community

Donations are always welcome.

Bahamian Bush Medicine Project

Your donation supports continuing research and documentation of native medicinal plants. The first informational book has been published. Read More


This wonderful fund collects money that goes to Chile specifically to buy children's shoes. It was initiated after the earthquake there, and has continued ever since.