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Why give?



DSCN5587Open Arms Care relies on the generosity of families, friends and our community; your support makes all the difference. We appreciate your contribution toward our mission, which is to make a positive difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thanks to your generous support, we can continue to expand the possibilities for those we serve.


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“You guys do so much for so many special people. It is my HONOR to be a part of your organization.
God bless you all.”
  -Supporter, Bruce Edens

It’s easy!

The Open Arms Care Foundation (OACF) was founded in 2004 as a 501 (c)(3) organization to generate funds for those needs not met by Medicaid. The OACF focuses on needs such as special adaptive client equipment, client vacations, and special activities. In addition, if a client passes away there are no government funding sources available to assist with burial expenses.

Each Open Arms Care city operation holds an annual fundraiser to generate funds for the Foundation. Won’t you help us provide for the needs of those we are privileged to serve?

Below you may select the city operation you wish to support – or select the general donation button to apply your donation to where it is needed most. Major credit cards are accepted – Mastercard, American Express, VISA, Discover, and more! How much do people usually give? In 2014 our median gift was $87.50.









General – Where Needed Most

Want to make a recurring gift?

Email us  to set up your gift.

Donate with Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger community rewards The Kroger Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to local communities. Join them by supporting Open Arms Care through your purchases made at Kroger.

<Click here> to follow the enrollment link.

Select Create Account.

Under Account Settings you can fill out your information, and the last section is were you enroll in Community Rewards.

Click on the Enroll button, search for Open Arms Care and select. You will be asked to click on the Enroll button once more and your registration will be completed.

We deeply value your support, and the support of the Kroger Community Rewards Program.


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Donate with AmazonSmile – You Shop, They Donate

Open Arms Care Foundation

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Open Arms Care Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Open Arms Care Foundation.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Open Arms Care Foundation to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

Legacy Giving

In addition to its importance to your family and others for who you wish to provide, a will or trust provision can be a vehicle for giving to Open Arms Care Foundation. Gifts like these are popular because they are easy to arrange.

Such gifts may be arranged in several forms:

  • You can leave specific property or a dollar amount. Real estate, stocks and items of value are examples of properties we receive as charitable bequests.
  • You can designate a percentage of your estate to be given.
  • You can arrange a trust in your will or a trust to provide income to a loved one, with the remainder of trust being given to Open Arms Care Foundation after you loved one’s lifetime.
  • You can bequeath the residue of your estate – that is, what remains after all other bequests are satisfied.
  • You can name Open Arms Care Foundation for contingent bequest in the event that other heirs are not available to receive their legacies.

To plan a bequest, simply inform your attorney and tax advisor of your wishes. Your financial team can best advise you as to the appropriate form for your gift. Open Arms Care Foundation will be happy to assist them. Please call our office at 615-254-4006 if you would like more information. Please designate Open Arms Care Foundation as the beneficiary.

A Legacy Giving form is provided here for your convenience.

Legacy Gift


Power of U

The generosity of Open Arms Care employees is overwhelming. They give of their time, their talents, their hearts, and also with their resources. Through the Power of U payroll deduction program, employees donate back to the Open Arms Care Foundation to assist in expanding the services we provide.

Learn more about their compassionate giving in 2014:

Hundreds of employees contributed over $18,000 to the Open Arms Care Foundation in 2014.

Through their contributions, accompanied with Foundation funds, the following successes were made possible for clients around the state of Tennessee:

  • Clients were able to attend outdoor educational camps
  • New hearing and communication devices were purchased for clients
  • New furniture for client group homes
  • Concrete driveways and fencing for client group homes
  • Art program supplies were purchased for our client artists

Foundation Board Members

The Open Arms Care Foundation (OACF) is comprised of exceptional leaders committed to service. This governing board plays a critical role in supporting the values of Open Arms Care. As advocates for social and educational opportunities, essential human services and cultural expression, they responsibly guide the charitable purpose and mission.

Integrity steers the course of decision making and goal setting. Overseeing fundraising and strategic planning, these dedicated board members plan and direct activities that benefit a sector in our society that deserve a voice. Support their efforts and learn more about the individuals who unselfishly give their time and attention to make a positive difference.

Click here to meet our Foundation Board members.

Join us in providing expanded programs, services, and equipment to enhance the quality of life for the clients of Open Arms Care living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Annual events such as the Nashville Golf Tournament and Silent Auction, the Jazz and Wine Event in Memphis, the Ride to Provide (bike challenge) in Chattanooga and the Knoxville Golf Tournament, all provide opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.