Other Ways to Give


By Check

Make checks payable to Insight Santa Cruz and mail to: 

Insight Santa Cruz
740 Front Street, Suite 240, 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4554

Note that if you wish to offer a gift to a teacher, the check must be written directly to them. ISC will forward the check to the teacher.

Online with a Bill Pay Service

Many banks and financial institutions support automatically mailed and electronic transfer of money. This can be used for a one-time or recurring monthly donation. 


There are two baskets in both the meditation hall and community room. Cash and checks to support Insight Santa Cruz operations can be put in the Community or Sangha basket. If you wish to be acknowledged for your gift, please use, and fill out an envelope. A credit/debit card reader is available. Direct gifts to the teacher can be put in the Teacher basket. 

Donating using the PayPal Smartphone App

Insight Santa Cruz can be found as @insightsantacruz on the PayPal App.

Changes to Online Giving

We have stopped using DonorBox for reasons of cost and complexity. If you need to visit your account, please use this link.

Using a Donor-Advised Fund

There are many Donor-Advised Funds (DAF) that can optimize tax benefits and increase your impact on your favorite charities. Donations to a DAF qualify as charitable tax deductions. Several brokerage services, such as Vanguard, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab, have a relationship with a DAF.

ISC has directed giving pages with two Donor-Advised Funds. Our pages can be found at Network for Good’s newest site, Network for Good’s older site, and PayPal Giving.

This is how a DAF works: An ISC member donates to the DAF and at the same time instructs the DAF to grant the donation amount to ISC. The DAF manages the donation transaction and provides a tax-deductible receipt to the donor. The DAF will then transfer the designated grant amount to ISC. ISC sends a thank you to the donor however ISC will not include the DAF donation amount in its tax-deductible receipt to the donor.

Charitable IRA Rollovers

If you are age 70-1/2 or older, you are eligible to make a charitable distribution to Insight Santa Cruz from your traditional IRA without having to count the transfer as income for federal income tax purposes. To begin the process, review the IRS Qualified charitable distributions information here and contact your IRA plan administrator to see if you qualify.

Stock Donations

Click here for information on offering a gift of appreciated securities, such as stocks or mutual funds. All donations must adhere to our Gift Acceptance Policy.

Amazon Smile

If you are buying on Amazon, sign up through Amazon Smile and choose Insight Santa Cruz as the charity to support. A percentage of your eligible purchases will be donated to Insight Santa Cruz. Sign up here or use the Amazon phone app.


When you register your grocery club card or credit/debit cards with eScrip, participating merchants donate a small percentage of your purchases to ISC. You will keep all rewards associated with your card. Click here to register. If you are already enrolled in eScrip, click here to log in and add Insight Santa Cruz to your list of supported groups. 

Buying and Selling a Home Locally

ISC member Alice Tarail is a longtime real estate broker with 20 years of experience in Santa Cruz County. If she helps you to either purchase or sell a home, she will donate 10 percent of any commission she earns to ISC. Contact Alice Tarail by email or 831-334-3328.

Year-end Acknowledgements

Insight Santa Cruz sends a donation tax receipt to donors in late January of each year. In the case of donations using a Donor-Advised Fund a tax receipt from the fund will be provided.

For questions about any of these programs, email the ISC Treasurer.

Gifts to ISC are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Insight Santa Cruz is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID EIN 77-0567516