General Giving & Membership
Tara Mandala is a tax-exempt charitable corporation. Through the generosity of our global Sangha, Tara Mandala has grown since its birth in 1993 into a vibrant international community of practitioners and a beacon of the empowered feminine in our world.
Each year, donations support the vital work of Tara Mandala to bring insights and awareness of Buddhist practice and the sacred feminine to a growing and global community. With approximately 50% of the Tara Mandala Operating Budget and 100% of the Capital Budget funded through donations, we rely on the generosity of our Sangha to bring Lama Tsultrim’s vision to life.
There are a number of ways for individuals to support Tara Mandala and its mission. These charitable gifts help us provide access to retreats, offer sustainable wages to our permanent staff, maintain the temple, retreat cabins, and other facilities, develop new programs, offer scholarships, expand online offerings, among other projects — all of which support Tara Mandala’s role as a leading light for Buddhism and the empowered feminine in the world.
Many employers sponsor annual giving programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Ask your employer if they participate. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.
Donating Appreciated Securities
Appreciated securities are any mutual funds, stocks, or bonds which have increased in value since you purchased them. When you sell appreciated securities, you owe capital gains tax. If you donate them to Tara Mandala, you can take their full current value as a tax deduction, and pay no capital gains tax. Tara Mandala can hold them or sell them for the full current value without paying tax.
Creating your own personal Facebook fundraisers are quick to set up and easily reach out to your friends and family to support Tara Mandala for your birthday or other special occasion.