Donations, Membership and Gifts
Your Support is Needed!
In order to continue offering our activities, we need to have active involvement by all those who value having a Tibetan Buddhist Center in Iowa City. In order to meet our monthly expenses of slightly more than $1000 per month, we ask that you either make regular donations, or become a member of the Center.
The intention of the membership program is to create a strong community, to foster a sense of shared responsibility for supporting the Dharma and to encourage and support one another’s practice. Membership dues provide the center with a steady stream of income and will allow us to stabilize the center financially.
- Basic Membership: $25 per month
- Nurturing Membership: $35 per month
- Sustaining Membership: $50 per month
- Enduring Membership: $100 per month
- All members have voting rights. On March 1st of each year we will have a sangha meeting in which members will have an opportunity to vote for board members.
- Members are entitled to attend all weekly classes without making an additional donation.
How to Contribute
There are 3 contribution methods available:
- Use our online donation method.
- Put a check in our Donation Box or send it to us via regular mail:
Please make checks payable to: Milarepa Buddhist Center, 207 Scott Court Iowa City, 52240
- Hills Bank customers: Direct Deposit available
Non-profit Status Information: Milarepa Buddhist Center is registered as a non-profit religious organization with the State of Iowa. We are in the process of submitting our paperwork to become registered as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
Alternatives to Financial Contribution
No-one will be turned away as a sangha member due to the inability to make a financial contribution at the levels listed above. If your situation requires an alternative arrangement, please contact us. We have work-study programs available for membership as well as partial payment plans.
Donations for Classes
If you choose not to become a member, we ask that you make an offering of between $5 – $15 (on a sliding scale) for each class you attend. Our teachers offer their services freely and take no compensation whatsoever. However, we must ask for donations in order to meet our monthly obligations.
Gifts or Contributions of Time
Of course, we also welcome and need contributions of your time as a volunteer! Please let us know if you would be interested in helping with any of these areas: fundraising, special events, lama visits, children’s education, community service, instruction of yoga, tai chi or qigong or other energy modality.
The Milarepa Buddhist Center is registered as a non-profit religious organization with the State of Iowa. We are in the process of submitting our paperwork to become registered as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
Our Monthly Expenses
heat & electric: $40
water & trash: $15