Donation Information/Accounts


We are a 501(c)(3).  All donations are tax-deductible.

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Donating to Open Hands is a unique experience.  All overhead costs come out of the General Fund, so 100% of funds donated to specific accounts are directed to that account. (Please note:  Paypal takes a .0265% + .30 fee).  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.


Friends: Long Standing Accounts


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.  Read this new report about progress on the Mandali School, not to mention the untiring spirit of the volunteers. (More info at Facebook).  Send your tax-deductible donation to Open Hands and we'll make sure it gets where it needs to go.  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

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.

Bahamian Bush Medicine Project

Jeff McCormack, an award-winning author, continues to gather knowledge that might be lost if native medicinal plant lore is not documented in certain areas.  His trips to South Andros are yielding a wealth of interviews and photographs, material that will eventually be shared in book form. Please support this very worthy project.  Read More. 

Nepal School Supply Fund

Update:  Lisa Lewis is a local physical therapist and climber; she and her husband traveled to Nepal in April, 2017, to trek from Kathmandu to Everest basecamp. Before travelling there, she raised over $2500 which was used to purchase school supplies for the Seti Devi Pravi Primary School, Naubise Village, Ward 5, Dhading district.  The school has 95 students - Nursery through Class 5.  The money was used for backpacks, shoes, school uniforms, paper, pens, pencils, books, and other educational supplies.  You may e-mail her directly at for more detailed information as well as pictures of the school and students we visited.  We want to thank everyone who made this outreach possible.

General Fund

Every organization has running needs.   We keep ours minimal, operating for the most part without an office, and through strong communication and agreement between board members about our mission statement.  We are primarily volunteers but have found after more than 36 years experience that it is helpful to have designated funds for modest business supplies,  and to offer an optional token stipend to those who sustain the daily operations.  Many times these funds come through the board members themselves, so we are very, very appreciative when contributions are made to the general fund.  Please consider making a donation, or volunteering for an hour or two.

Nepal Education Fund

Lisa Lewis, who was the major organizer of the Nepal School Supply Fund, learned while she was in Kathmandu that the even greater need in Nepal is for teachers in remote areas, where there is little to no government assistance. Teachers in Nepal's remote areas can be hired for $70/month ($840 a year). Please make a tax-exempt donation to Open Hands, specify the Nepal Education Fund, and 100% of your donation will be applied toward hiring teachers in remote villages of Nepal. Marli Gordon, who lives in Kathmandu and runs the NGO (non-governmental organization) Nepali for Nepali will be coordinating efforts and assisting in finding appropriate villages in which to channel these funds. Read More    

Botanica Herbs and Healing: A Mobile Clinic

We are a mobile herbal medicine clinic serving the comunity of Charlottesville and the surrounding area. It is our intent to provide holistic care for the underserved in the Charlottesville area. We offer in-depth consultations, natural first aid, and tonic therapies at no cost to the recipients.   Donations that come to us through Open Hands are tax deductible.  Use the donate button below, or mail to Open Hands, 523 Lexington Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Visit the website at   Write us at

Individual Needs

Thomas Miller Fund

Thomas Miller is a person who has forever responded to the needs of others, and now he and his family need help. His situation is quite serious. Thomas was working on the roof of a house he is building. He was found unconscious on the ground and is now in neurosurgical intensive care, with an intracranial bleed and broken bones, including his pelvis. His wife was severely injured 10 years ago in an interstate car accident. She cannot work. His family needs about $5,000 to address present medical needs and other outstanding family expenses. Please donate as generously as you can.

Robert Davis

Robert is learning to live in the world outside of prison, after being jailed for 13 years for a terrible crime he did not commit. He has been fully pardoned by the governor. 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

Help 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  was a teacher's aide in special education for Louisa County Schools. Her health issues forced her retirement.  Your donation helps her to meet basic needs, and to continue to care for her family. 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 cover medical expenses for pneumonia and ongoing health challenges. With your donation, she would be able to pay off medical expenses and debts accrued last winter when she was unable to work. She continues to see specialists for undiagnosed symptoms, and is eager to get back on her feet and serve our community.

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.


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.