Donations / Dana

2016 Insight Santa Cruz Sustainability Campaign opened November 3, 2015

First let me say a big THANK YOU for your past giving to Insight Santa Cruz. Because you and other sangha members made and kept dana pledges, Insight Santa Cruz had a banner year in programs and in financial support. We held close to 700 programs between October 2014 and October 2015; some days there were 4 programs on the same day. Scheduling anything new has become a challenge and occasionally we have had to rent nearby space when two programs run at the same time. We are deeply happy to be challenged in this way because it says that our dharma community is thriving.

But we can see that we have maxed out our use of the space we have. As you probably know, we are looking to find a larger space with two rooms suitable for meditation and other kinds of programs so that we may conduct two activities at one time or provide family programming in one, while another program runs in the main hall. More space is going to require some additional support. Our goal this year is to have pledges of monthly or annual gifts which will total $75,000, $5000 more than was pledged last year. We hope this goal can be reached so that we may move forward on finding and renting a larger space and moving Insight Santa Cruz into a more central Santa Cruz location.

You have been one of Insight Santa Cruz’s loyal supporters. Can we ask you to recommit with an increased pledge for 2016? Or to make an increased on an annual gift in 2015 or 2016, if that is your mode of support? We hope you will open your hearts and support the center in the 2016 annual campaign. You can make a pledge for a monthly contribution or a one time gift at the following web site:

Insight_Santa_Cruz_Pledge_Form or visit:

Pledge forms will also be available in the ISC lobby, if you prefer to use a paper form. Both the on line pledge form and the paper-form give instructions for how to make various kinds of gifts. But if you wish to do this with a credit card, go to the top of the page and click on the Donation button.

The pledge drive will run from November 2015 to the end of January, 2016. All donations are fully tax deductible for the year they are made in. Again, thank you so much for your on-going support for Insight Santa Cruz. Your support is why we can offer the 700 different meditation, qigong, discussion and information programs. We hope you will renew your support with the most generous renewal pledge you can make for 2016, so that ISC can support you and all beings in coming to an end of suffering and finding a lasting peace in our lives.

2015 Pledge Campaign a Huge Success

We are pleased to announce that our 2015 fund raising drive was a great success. Collectively, we contributed $60,320 in pledges, plus $7000 in matching funds, and $1200 in employer matching funds. The grand total is $68,520. We have exceeded our goal of $60,000. Shortly we will send an e-mail notice to all who pledged to confirm the donation and to make sure we have the correct amount.

We want to thank you so much for your vote of support and confidence These pledged funds will secure our budget for the 2015, and allow us to continue the rich mix of regular sittings and many special events. May you reap the joy that comes in practicing generosity and also serving the Dhamma.

2014 Sustainability Campaign a Huge Success

The Sangha rose to the challenge, opened their hearts with generosity, and pledged and then actually gave more than the goal set by the ISC Board.

Dana (Donations)

Insight Santa Cruz is dedicated to continuing the ancient Buddhist tradition of freely offering the dharma without charge, knowing that it is priceless. We encourage the practice of dana, which means generosity in Pali (the original language of the Buddha). The generosity of our community supports the teachers and pays all of our sangha’s expenses: rent, utilities, insurance, phone, supplies, bank and bookkeeping charges, website, etc.

If you have questions about donating to Insight Santa Cruz, please contact the Treasurer. Donations to Insight Santa Cruz, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, are fully tax-deductible, the tax ID is 77-0567516. Donations can be made in any of the following ways:

By Credit Card

Clicking Donate will take you to Network for Good (NFG), where you can make your donation by credit card. If you’d like to make this a recurring monthly, quarterly, or annual donation, there is an option to do so. Please indicate in the appropriate box if you wish the funds to go to: Teacher Dana or Sangha Expenses. You may designate a percentage to each if you’d like.

Network for Good assesses a 4.75% processing charge per transaction. NFG is a non-profit organization itself that helps other non-profit organizations raise funds. Your donation is fully tax-deductible. When you make a donation, please save and/or print the confirmation e-mail you receive from Network for Good for your tax records.

In Person

There are donation bowls at each Insight Santa Cruz program, one for Teacher Dana and the other for Sangha Expenses. You may donate by cash or check, made out to Insight Santa Cruz. If you write a check, you may designate a percentage of your donation to Teacher Dana or Sangha Expenses in the memo field.

By Mail

Donation checks, made out to Insight Santa Cruz, may be mailed to:

Insight Santa Cruz
740 Front St, Suite 240
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

If you’d like, you may designate a percentage of your donation to Teacher Dana or Sangha Expenses in the memo field.

Through Amazon

Please patronize your independent bookstore, but if you are intending to shop at Amazon’s online store, please use this Amazon link. By clicking on this link, Insight Santa Cruz receives a small percentage of your purchase price at no cost or hassle to you.

Enroll in E-Scrip

eScrip is an effortless way of raising funds for Insight Santa Cruz. If you register your grocery club card, and/or credit/debit cards with eScrip, the participating merchants donate a small percentage of your purchases to ISC. You still keep all your credit card rewards.

If you are already enrolled in eScrip, click here to log in and add Insight Santa Cruz to your list of supported groups.

If you are signing up for eScrip for the first time, click here to register with eScrip (enter Insight in the seach box, click the search button and then follow the screen directions).

By automatic payment through my bank or financial institution

You can work with your bank to send a monthly check to Insight Santa Cruz. They will likely ask for the Center address and a name affiliated with the Center (please use the name of the Treasurer, Maggie Collins). Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to set up automated electronic transfers at this time.