Donations / Dana


Teachings at Insight Santa Cruz are offered freely to all who are interested, continuing a 2,500-year old Buddhist tradition. Our financial support (called “dana,” meaning “giving”) comes from the generosity of people who value what we do. The donations we receive go to support our physical location, website, and other expenses. ISC has no paid staff – it is run by volunteers. Our teachers are supported by teacher dana. We are deeply inspired by the generosity that has allowed our center to grow into its current form over more than two decades.

Donations to Insight Santa Cruz are tax deductible. Insight Santa Cruz is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID number: EIN 77-0567516. Insight Santa Cruz sends an annual tax receipt for donations in late January of each year. If you need a receipt sooner, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required and you will get a receipt via e-mail within a few days.

Ways to give:

Online with credit or debit card: From click on the blue button at the top of the home page labeled “Donate Now through Network for Good.” The name of the organization appears as “Vipassana Santa Cruz,” our legal incorporated name. Follow the directions to make either a one-time or recurring donation with a credit or debit card.

Check: Make check payable to Insight Santa Cruz. On the memo line, specify any program or person to which you are offering dana, such as the Sangha, Teachers or a specific Teacher, the Annual Fund, or the Capital Campaign. There are two ways to deliver it:

  1. Mail to ISC, 740 Front Street, Suite 240, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
  2. Put the check in the dana basket at the center.

Note: It is usually possible through a bank’s bill payer service to have your bank or financial institution send a monthly or quarterly check. If doing so, use the address above to ensure that the check gets to ISC. If the bank asks for a name of an ISC financial person, use Maggie Collins, ISC Treasurer.

In Person: Cash or checks can be put in the dana baskets near the door. If you wish to give to a particular program or person and are giving cash, please put it in an envelope with what or who it is for and your name, if you wish to be acknowledged for your gift.

Amazon Smile: We encourage you to support local businesses with your purchases, but if you are buying on Amazon, please sign up through Amazon Smile to donate to Insight Santa Cruz. While this will cost you nothing, a small proportion of your expense will be donated to ISC. Sign up at and choose Insight Santa Cruz as the charity to support.

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 search box, click the search button, and then follow the directions).