Your Donation

Supports  the Ministry of Deer Run

God is Moving. Lives are Changing. Help Make a Difference with Your Donation.

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 

Join God’s story to impact future generations for Christ. Prayerfully consider coming alongside us to invest in making a significant difference in the lives of youth, families, and others seeking peace, joy, healing, and a deeper relationship with God within a faith-based community. 

Your tax-deductible donation supports the increasing growth of this ministry. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry, we depend on generous donations from people like you to keep our ministry flowing into the hands of others. We truly could not accomplish all that God has called us to do without the faithful support of donors like you. We are deeply thankful for your generosity, and we pray that through your donation you will be abundantly blessed. 

How Your Donations are Used

Deer Run is a God-inspired camp and retreat center positioned on 150 beautiful, wooded acres. Faith, character-building, community, and adventure are the cornerstones upon which Deer Run was founded in 1998, and while the “why we do it” hasn’t changed, the campers, events, staff, volunteers, and budget have grown to reflect a thriving, year-round ministry. 

Deer Run is structured so that operating expenses are covered through program and facility fees. This allows your donations to go exclusively toward 1) our MISSION 42:1 Scholarship Fund to help families in need or 2) the Capital Fund for expansion of the ministry. 

Scholarship Fund: In 2008, Deer Run initiated the MISSION 42:1 Scholarship Fund to give back to the community and benefit at-risk children and families in need of financial and emotional support. The commencement of this program was consistent with Deer Run Founder and CEO David Gibson’s belief that no one should ever be turned away from camp due to the inability to pay. No administrative fees are taken from donations given to the Scholarship Fund so that 100% of your donation goes directly to help a child or family in need. Since its inception, Deer Run has awarded over 2,200 scholarships to campers and families including many from our community partnerships: Against the Grain, Angel Tree, Boys and Girls Clubs, FrankTown Open Hearts, Greenhouse Ministries, Nashville Rescue Mission, Safe Haven Family Shelter, and Tennessee Kids Belong. 

Capital Fund: The Deer Run story has always been, and continues to be, about God expanding the reach of this ministry. Donating to the Capital Fund boosts new construction, facility improvements, land acquisition, and projects related to direct growth needs, all which are related directly to what God is doing to grow our opportunities for ministry.  

How to Make a Donation

  • Make a secure online donation by using the DONATE NOW button on this page.  
  • Mail a check donation to:
    Deer Run Camps & Retreats
    3845 Perkins Rd
    Thompson’s Station, TN 37179-9788 

Areas of Giving for Your Donation

  • the Unrestricted Fund (Campfire Fund) 
  • the Capital Fund for ministry expansion 
  • the MISSION 42:1 Camper Scholarship Fund 

Your Donation is Important … to Those in Need and to the Future Impact of God’s Kingdom

Want to know more about Deer Run’s ministry? We would love to answer your questions, tell you impactful stories and share the vision of Deer Run over coffee or a meal, and to give you a personal tour of the property and facilities. Contact either David or Josh.  

  • one-time donation 
  • monthly donation 
  • regularly scheduled donation 
  • sponsorship 
  • in-kind donation 
  • gifts of stock, real estate or other property 
  • business interests, securities and other non-cash assets 
  • planned giving 
  • new or gently used vehicles, side-by-sides or 4-wheelers 
  • by volunteering (Visit our Volunteer page for more information about opportunities to be involved year-round.) 

      

Use Amazon-Smile when you shop online. Choose Deer Run Retreat Center as your charity under “My Account Settings.” Amazon gives a portion of every purchase to Deer Run! Bookmark “amazonsmile” as your go-to for shopping online so even your shopping fuels donations at Deer Run. 

Register your Kroger Plus Card under “Community Rewards,” then follow the easy steps to link your card to Deer Run Camps & Retreat Center (Organization #SP609). Donations from your grocery purchases are used for campers’ scholarships.

Consider donating your used car, truck, ATV, or RV for a tax deduction. Each of these vehicles help us accomplish our mission. Find out more about donating a vehicle by visiting Charity Navigator. Contact David Gibson at (615) 566-0026 if you have questions or have a vehicle to donate. Also consider selling your vehicle and making a tax-deductible donation. 

"I have been living with the fear of another tragedy. 
But I hear the invitation of Jesus to come and find rest. 
I want to rest in knowing that he will give us what we need."

Respite Retreat, mom of suicide victim

"Driving away from Deer Run Camp yesterday, I was feeling better than I have in months! All I could think was how thankful I am for each of you being a part of my feeling that way. This was the toughest year in all of my 33 years of nursing. COVID has really rocked our world. The school year ended, and I was just absolutely depleted. But after the 2 hours I spent at Deer Run yesterday, feeling the loving spirit of everyone there, I felt completely renewed. The Lord worked through each of you to help heal me in exactly the way 
I needed! … What a wonderful place for these kids to 
spend some of their summer. I fell in love with the camp.”

Williamson County School CPR Instructor

"I want us to grow in God together. [My daughter] accepted Jesus into her heart last year and I’d love to spend time in the word and worship with her and be around other families.”

Mother-Daughter Weekend Scholarship Applicant

View the summary, mission & impact, programs, governance, management and financials for Deer Run at GivingMatters.com which is a database of high-quality, comprehensive information of reviewed profiles for middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations.

DONATE: Schedule a one-time donation or a recurring donation to our Unrestricted Fund (Campfire Fund), Capital Fund for Ministry Expansion, or the MISSION 42:1 Camper Scholarship Fund.

Per IRS Guidelines: All contributions to Deer Run Retreat Center (dba: Deer Run Camps & Retreats) are income tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and made with the understanding that Deer Run Retreat Center has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.