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Clapping Hands is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Clapping Hands must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

“I have been a huge fan of Clapping Hands since its inception because I witnessed the impact it had on the lives of children I referred, all of whom needed scholarships. The joy, creativity, and utter FUN they experienced was the highlight of their summers, but it was the physical and emotional safety they experienced in that empowering, loving and supportive environment that was the true impact. It was literally transformative in the lives of many of those children.”
– Jo Sanders, former director of the Family Violence Rape Crisis Center in Chatham County

GoFundMe 2021

Clapping Hands Farm has a simple camp fee policy: No One Turned Away. Over half of our campers come on scholarship every season. In 2020, 49% of our online workshop participants received scholarships.

We have started hosting in-person camps again this summer. Our camp sizes are less than half of their usual size, but our staff ratios and scholarship participant numbers have stayed the same. Thus, our camp income is still significantly lower than previous years. Your donation this season will help our scholarship program continue to thrive despite our smaller numbers.

letter writing campaign 2020-2021

Our annual letter writing campaign is active now. Please read this inspiring letter by our Founder and Director Louise Omoto Kessel. If you are inspired to donate you can make a tax deductible donation by clicking on the DONATE NOW button above or follow the directions in the letter to make donations by check, venmo or paypal.  If possible, please let us know that you made a donation in response to our LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN by sending a note to: Donations over $125 will be MATCHED by a generous matching donor.

If you are inspired to SEND this letter to  your friends, family, co-workers, and contacts, please join our team of volunteer letter writers! Email us now at and we can set you up!

our fiscal sponsor, fractured atlas

Clapping Hands is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Clapping Hands must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. We LOVE our relationship with Fractured Atlas. They take a small % of each donation, but we feel we get so much in return.

tax deductible donations

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation by check, please make the check out to Fractured Atlas and send it to the Clapping Hands address: 3348 Alston Chapel Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312. You may also make a tax deductible donation with a debit card or credit card ONLINE at our donation page on the Fractured Atlas website.

donating with a donor advised fund

We can accept donor advised funds through our fiscal sponsor FRACTURED ATLAS. These checks can be sent DIRECTLY from your fund to the Fractured Atlas PO Box 55, Hartsdale NY 10530-0055.  If you have a donor advised fund, please request that the gift be made to Fractured Atlas, with Clapping Hands as the gift designation. If your fund managers have any questions about fiscal sponsorship or Clapping Hand’s relationship with Fractured Atlas you can learn more at the Fractured Atlas website or reach out to them directly.

donations if you don’t need a tax deduction

If a tax deduction is not important to you, you can donate directly to us with a check made out to Clapping Hands and mailed to 3348 Alston Chapel Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312. The scholarship program will get 100% of your donation if you do it this way.

who we serve

Our scholarship program is available to any family who finds cost to be an obstacle to sending their children to camp. We want to work with children whose families can not afford camp. In addition, over the years we have partnered with agencies in the community including Hope Meadow, Hispanic Liason, Family Violence Rape Crisis, Child Protective Services, Chatham Together, Carolina Outreach and more.  We welcome campers who are “at risk,” who have tough family situations, or special needs, or behavioral challenges. In turn, we hire LOTS of staff so that all of these campers have the one-on-one support they need in order to thrive and build solid relationships at camp.

no one turned away

Clapping Hands Farm has a No One Turned Away policy; we accept campers to our program regardless of their ability to pay. Each week between 1/3 and 1/2 of our campers need scholarships. Our scholarship program is central to who we are and we are grateful to all the individuals who make contributions large and small to support us in extending camp to everyone who wants to come.

how we raise money

We have three major fundraising projects:

  • Each fall we involve our entire camp community—anyone who will volunteer to do this—in sending out fundraising letters to their friends and contacts. Donations over $125 are matched by a team of major donors.
  • Each summer we run a crowd funding campaign and our camp community helps to spread the word. Two matching donors contribute an additional $1000 as we make our halfway point and final fundraising goals respectively. Another gives $10 for every person who donates, encouraging participation and giving even small donations a big impact.
  • Throughout the year we have fundraising parties. A camp supporter hosts a party and invites their friends and people they think would want to support our work at Clapping Hands. People from camp show up to share their testimonies and talent and provide fun activities for children if appropriate.

In addition to these projects, we also have several major donors. Our major donors often function as matching donors, giving an important boost of both energy and money to our three projects.

“I now work full time in the nonprofit world. Whenever I network with friends from other local agencies, if I mention having children who are involved with Clapping Hands Farm, the response is consistent gratitude. Friends who work with local housing insecure populations or with local domestic violence shelters light up with admiration as they tell me stories of how Clapping Hands Farm made sure children they’ve worked with were able to attend.”
– Christy Croft, parent, volunteer,