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Annual Fund

Tara Mandala Annual Fund

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 to the Annual Fund 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 40% 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.

The Annual Fund is the primary source of funding that provides vital support to the activities of the organization both at Tara Mandala Retreat Center and beyond.  Given the evolving needs of a growing organization, general support of the campaign is the most helpful to Tara Mandala as it offers the flexibility to invest where the opportunities and needs are most pressing.

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In 2018, Annual Fund Projects included:

Organizational Strategic Priorities

  • Funding the first clinical trial for the Feeding Your Demons® practice developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione
  • The launch of a new and improved Tara Mandala Website with integrated customer accounts and a learning platform
  • New and improved internet service and infrastructure, related equipment, and server archiving plan
  • Development of the new Wisdom Rising Online Program and Mandala Training Program
  • Repairs to existing retreat cabins, including the addition of solar, improved water systems and new flooring
  • Support of Drupön Lama Karma and his wife Drolkar from Bhutan
  • Funding of a new resident Tibetan Translator
  • Funding for $37,000 in scholarships offered through the Evada Fund and the Fund for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
  • Kick off of two to three year Master Planning Process
  • Funding for new strategic roles including Business Development, Assistant Spiritual Director, Director of Operations & Hospitality, and Manager of Education and Online Learning
  • Funding and further establishment of Tara Mandala Endowment: David Petit Sustainability Fund including hiring a woman-owned firm to manage the endowment with a strategy of  

Tara Mandala Retreat Center Resident & Staff Support

  • Completion of a new resident cabin
  • Construction of eight new tent cabins on platforms for resident housing
  • Funding for the year-round Living Dharma Volunteer (LDV) program, including monthly stipends for long-term LDVs
  • Year-round teachings for residents, including Cultural Literacy and Diversity training, Umdze and Chöpon training, Lojong Training, Feeding Your Demons® and White Dakini Sadhana
  • Solar and other improvements at resident housing and yurts
  • Pay increases for key long term staff

Tara Mandala Retreat Center Improvements

  • Upgrades to the land’s water treatment system
  • New “Ratna” Dining Tent
  • New dish sanitizer and buffet tables
  • New bedding for Prajna Residence Hall
  • New used 4WD utility truck and temple vehicle
  • Road Improvements such as grading, gravel, and other repairs
  • New AV equipment and computer network for storage and archiving

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2018-2019 Annual Fund Projects:

Organizational Strategic Priorities

  • Funding for a follow up, more extensive study to Feeding Your Demons® Clinical Trial
  • Further Cremation Grounds Planning and Design
  • Kick off of the Master Planning process for Tara Mandala Retreat Center including infrastructure capacity assessment, land surveys, natural resources inventory, campus layout and design, and more
  • Support of Resident Teacher, Drupön Lama Karma, and his wife Drolkar, from Bhutan
  • Funding for a resident Tibetan Translator
  • Funding for additional Senior Leadership and strategic roles including Business Development, Assistant Spiritual Director, Director of Operations & Hospitality, and Manager of Education and Online Learning, and Director of Marketing

Tara Mandala Retreat Center Resident & Staff Support

  • Construction of new Staff Cottage
  • Repairs, improvements and maintenance to Living Dharma Volunteer Yurts
  • Training Workshops for Staff and Residents including Cultural Literacy and Diversity training, Human Resources, Effective
  • Communications and Mediation, Marketing/Communications, and Management Training
  • Funding for the year-round Living Dharma Volunteer (LDV) program, including monthly stipends for long-term LDVs
  • Year-round dharma teachings and study for residents
  • Computer and Office Upgrades for Staff and residents including a new VOIP phone system

Tara Mandala Retreat Center Improvements

  • New Solitary Retreat Cabin
  • Replace a canvas yurt with a more permanent wood yurt for resident housing
  • Temple Repairs and Refurbishment including new cushions, furniture, and interior repairs
  • Portable Solar to be added to all Retreat Cabins, Tent Cabins and Yurts
  • Repairs, improvements and maintenance to resident and retreatant yurts
  • Computer upgrades for retreatant and community use

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Past Annual Fund Projects include:

Organizational Strategic Priorities

  • Design and planning of the Cremation Ground
  • Securing of Religious Workers Visas for long-term international residents and two new Resident Teachers, Drupön Lama Karma and his wife Drolkar from Bhutan
  • Translation of Feeding Your Demons® into Arabic
  • Initial funding of an emergency savings reserve

Tara Mandala Retreat Center Resident & Staff Support

  • $125,000 in scholarships for residents, staff and teachers to attend the Bhutan Pilgrimage
  • The building of two additional residential cottages

Tara Mandala Retreat Center Improvements

  • Repairs to the temple roof and sealing of walkways on Sambhogakaya and Dharmakaya levels to prevent leaking
  • Installation of new boilers to heat the temple
  • Plaster repairs to the exterior walls of the Temple, Prajna and the Community Building
  • Improvements to the water filtration systems in Prajna and the Community Building
  • Installation of a new dishwashing sanitation station, convection ovens and other improvements to the kitchen
  • Purchase of new bedding for Prajna
  • Repairs to existing retreat cabins and resident housing

The past three years have been a particularly abundant and productive time at Tara Mandala. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor with the 2016 Matching Campaign, 2017 Double Match Campaign and our flourishing sangha, we raised over $1.5M last year to fund crucial Capital improvement projects and support Operating needs.

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