Ways to Give
One of Spirit Rock’s deepest aspirations is to share the Buddha's teachings with all who are interested. We offer a sliding scale fee structure for all daylongs, classes and retreats, however the income we receive from these fees covers only about 50% of our operating costs. Your contributions make up the rest of our budget.
Your support allows us to:
- Offer meditation teachings that awaken our minds and hearts – bringing more wisdom and compassion into the world
- Care for our refuge – maintaining our facilities and providing a nurturing retreat environment
- Keep fees at the lowest rate possible and offer scholarship support – so that all who wish to attend may do so.
The Stewardship Circle at Spirit Rock: Connection, Intention, Generosity
For many of us, our practice illuminates ways to offer generosity in our daily lives. The Buddha tells us that dana, or offering, is one of the paramis/heart qualities that leads us towards awakening. And joining the Stewardship Circle is an opportunity to practice this beautiful heart quality while sustaining our Spirit Rock community, this land, and everything it takes to tend this precious refuge.
By offering $25 or more each month, Stewardship Circle members sustain everything we do here. To join, please contact Rebecca Cariati, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at http://www.spiritrock.org/donor-circles.
Spirit Rock is committed to increasing access to the Buddha's teachings of compassion, generosity and liberation. With support from our generous community of individuals and foundations, our Mudita Karuna Scholarship Fund and our Dr. Marlene Jones People of Color Scholarship Fund allows us to offer nearly $500,000 in scholarships annually, reducing barriers to participation, and the manifold benefits of training the mind. The ripple effect of hearing, integrating and living the practices offered at Spirit Rock cannot be overstated. Contributing positively to practitioners' well-being, their presence in diverse communities seeds acts of generosity, cooperation, and ultimately spreads practices of wisdom and compassion.
Making a gift to Spirit Rock in the name of a loved one is a sweet way to acknowledge a connection your loved one may have to Spirit Rock and supports all that we do here. If you would like to offer a gift in someone’s name in celebration of a birthday or wedding or in their memory, simply complete the donation form and let us know who the gift is in honor or memory of and include who should notify (if desired) along with their address in the comments field. We are happy to send a note to the family or individual, letting them know that you have made a gift in their name.
A beautiful way to support Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the future is by remembering Spirit Rock in your estate plans. You can do this by simply including Spirit Rock as a beneficiary of your will or living trust, your retirement plan, bank account or in your life insurance policy. For more information about legacy giving and joining our Legacy Circle or to let us know that you have already named Spirit Rock in your estate plans, please contact Rachel Uris at (415) 488-0164 x286 or email@example.com.
Just over 25 years have passed since a generous donation allowed our founders to purchase the 412 acres that became Spirit Rock. This remarkable parcel of land was acquired from the Nature Conservancy, which in turn used the proceeds to preserve rainforests in the Amazon basin. Spirit Rock has earned an international reputation as a leading center for Dharma in the West. Buoyed by neuroscience research supporting the positive effects of timeless mindfulness meditation practices, Spirit Rock is at the root of this mindfulness movement. More and more people are coming to Spirit Rock for these foundational teachings and practices. We have now outgrown our physical capacity to serve our community and can no longer operate out of our old temporary buildings. The campus will be built in several phases for cost savings and to minimize disruption to ongoing activities. Read more about our future building plans.
Donor recognition opportunities are available. For more information, contact Rachel Uris, Director of Development & Communications: (415) 488-0164 x286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifts of Stock
Offering a gift of appreciated stock can be a wonderful way to support Spirit Rock while also saving capital gains tax on the stock you donate. To initiate a gift of stock to us, just follow these simple steps:
Contact us in advance to let us know about the transfer (# of shares and type) so we can identify your gift when it comes into our account – email@example.com or (415) 488-0164 x286.
Please transfer to the following account:
Vanguard Brokerage Services DTC# 0062
Vanguard Client Account Name: Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Vanguard Client Account Number: 20204940
Vanguard Client Account Tax ID# 94-2971001
c/o Vanguard Brokerage Services
PO Box 1170
Valley Forge, PA 19482-1170
Contact your broker or access your online investment account and share our stock transfer information.
To wire a gift to Spirit Rock please contact Rachel Uris, Director of Development, directly via phone (415) 488-0164 x286 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to participate in the heart-opening practice of extending meal dana – the offering of meals to practitioners on retreat. Meal Dana is offered as an act of generosity and can be a lovely way to support and surprise a friend or loved one that is sitting retreat, or honor your teachers.
By completing the Meal Dana form, you will have an opportunity to write a dedication that will be posted on our Meal Dana board in the Dining Hall during the time-frame you select (all efforts will be made to honor the day you specify).
Workplace Matching Gifts
If your company has a matching gift program, you may be able to increase the value of your gift. If you have given a gift recently or in this calendar year, it may still be eligible for your company to match. Please check your personnel department for the matching-gift form and send it in to Spirit Rock to increase your gift.
United Way or Combined Federal Campaigns
If your workplace participates in the United Way or Combined Federal Campaign, this is also a great way to support Spirit Rock. To elect us as an organization you wish to support through this program, please include our full organization name and our identification number, 1037630, on your form.
Frequently Asked Questions