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.  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 are many pictures showing the untiring spirit of the volunteers there (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

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 will be open to the public, possibly in collaboration with the planned McIntire Botanical Garden.   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.   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 even applying to join our board.

Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center

 " I have been on two amazing retreats with this group, a 10 day silent canoe trip and a 10 day exploration of how dharma and the environment interrelate.  They are in the process of getting their own 501 C 3 status but need to keep moving along with donations...I know these folks and they are serious activists and practitioners."  Please explore their website more info

Nepal School Supply Fund

Lisa Lewis is a local physical therapist and climber; she and her husband will be traveling to Nepal this spring to trek from Katmandu to Everest basecamp. She mentioned to Marli Gordon (Nepali for Nepali) that she wanted to take “something” to Nepal as a donation, so Marli identified a school just outside of Kathmandu. Lisa is using Open Hands to help solicit funds to purchase school supplies in Nepal, where they are less expensive. More info

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.