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the Ministry of Deer Run

Help raise $1.5 million by October 15, 2020. 

Give a tax-deductible donation to Deer Run’s GoFundMe campaign: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/deer-run.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our ministry hard. Our leadership faced difficult decisions in June: all summer camps were canceled which meant a loss of revenue so significant that we had to let nearly 50% of our staff go … many who were in leadership positions. In addition, many retreat groups who were booked from March to October canceled which resulted in further lost revenue for our ministry. Immediately, we eliminated every possible operating expense.

Already this year, we have lost over $1.8 million dollars which is over two-thirds of our annual operating budget. This is unrecoverable income.

Deer Run operations may come to a halt if we do not raise enough financial support to bridge this temporary shortfall.

We desperately need your help to make it through the fall and winter months so that we can retain our staff, continue to operate, and also plan, recruit, and prepare for next summer’s camps.

Use Amazon-Smile when you shop online. Choose Deer Run Retreat Center as your charity under “My Account Settings.” Funds are donated to Deer Run for every purchase! Bookmark “amazonsmile” as your go-to for shopping online and each time you make a purchase.

Register your Kroger Plus Card and search for Deer Run under “Community Rewards.” Funds are donated to Deer Run for every purchase!

Donate your car, truck, ATV, or RV for a tax deduction. These help 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.


There are many opportunities to be involved through giving your time and talents at Deer Run, as well as ways to give financially.


Visit our Volunteer Page for more information about opportunities to be involved year-round in such areas as serving meals, construction, events, etc. or for more information about serving as a summer camp nurse.


Singular Giving: A non-recurring gift of any amount.
Monthly or Scheduled Giving: A recurring, monthly or other regularly scheduled gift of any amount.
Organizational Giving: Gives businesses of all sizes, as well as ministries, churches, Christian schools and other like-minded organizations, the opportunity to both support the ministry of Deer Run and reach our guests and camper families with their message. Some examples are: sponsorship of facilities and fundraising events, a year-round, on-site presence at Deer Run, special messaging opportunities and vendor/exhibit tables at Deer Run events.
Gifts of Stock, Real Estate or Other Property, Business Interests, Securities, and Other Non-Cash Assets: Contact David Gibson, Deer Run Founder & President. Call him at (615) 566-0026 or email him at DavidG@DeerRun.camp.

For more information about giving, see our Donor FAQ pdf.

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

Visit Deer Run for a personal tour and experience how God has transformed the wilderness into a place of fellowship. Learn about how you can become part of the Deer Run Story and God’s Story to impact future generations for Christ.

To schedule a personal tour, call (615) 794-2918 or email Contact@DeerRun.camp.

Our president and founder, David Gibson (DavidG@DeerRun.camp(615) 566-0026) or Josh Barrera, Guest & Public Relations (JoshB@DeerRun.camp / (615) 794-2730), would enjoy spending time with you to answer questions about giving and the vision of Deer Run plus give you more detailed information about the impact of the ministry.

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