Accounts/Donation Information

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

Donating to Open Hands is a unique experience. We support and help launch special projects, and administer donations that ease life challenges. All overhead costs are covered by the General Fund, so 100% of every donation goes to the account specified. Paypal takes a small fee; to avoid this you may send a check made out to Open Hands, with the project specified in the memo line, to 523 Lexington Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Established in 1980, we are pleased to continue to offer this service to our community.

Please donate to any of the organizations or individual needs you see listed below. Even the smallest amount can make a big difference.

If you know of a need in your community, or a special project that you would like to support, fill out an application. The application process is easy. Access it here.


Organizations | Individual Needs



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

Bahamian Bush Medicine Project

Bush medicine practitioner Mr. Forbes at San Salvador, Bahamas

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  yielded a wealth of interviews and photographs, material that has been shared in book form. Please support this very worthy project. Read More.

General Fund

We are primarily volunteers but have found after more than 39 years experience that it is helpful to have designated funds for modest business supplies, and to offer an optional 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.

Individual Needs

Maria Rivera

I am writing to request financial assistance, as a result of unexpected and significant medical expenses due to an emergency open surgery. I am experiencing extreme challenges financially in my monthly budgeting for basic living expenses and medical bills. I need to fully rest for at least six months in order for me to have a successful recovery due to complications and prior continuous health challenges. During this time I won't be able to work, which means that right now I need all the help I can get while I recover. If you could help me with whatever you can provide, I would be forever grateful. Thank you so much for taking the time to consider this request.

Bonnie Burns

Bonnie recently lost her sight. Donations to this fund will be used to purchase services, equipment, and technology to help her live as independently as possible.

The Caregiver Fund

Open Hands makes this fund available to help with expenses incurred by any caregiver: teachers, parents, nurses. We recognize that balance in our lives is fundamental to wellness, and that caregivers need the same caring that they provide to others. Fill out an application to fund a spa day, a retreat, or something that makes your life a little easier. This fund has also been used for tires, gas, rent, and supplies. Donations to this account are most welcome.

Michael Parent

Michael’s Medical Care Team is celebrating the success of the fundraising campaign for storyteller Michael Parent. We’ve achieved our goal of raising $100,000 toward financing Michael’s move into assisted living in Portland, ME, and his ongoing medical care.

We're grateful for the support and mission of Open Hands Foundation. Michael is happily ensconced in his new digs on the assisted living wing at Park Danforth, in Portland, ME, where he’s getting good care, good food and the medical attention he needs. This wasn’t going to happen without the help of over three hundred and fifty donors. Your generosity is inspiring. Thank you for your part in making this possible. If you're late arriving and would like to donate to this fund, we will use all additional funds for Michael's Medical Care.