937-244-1961 | 1907 G St, Iowa City, IA 52240 | sangha@milarepaiowa.org

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 about $1775 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.

Membership Levels

  • Student & Senior Membership:                    $10 per month
  • Basic Membership:                                          $25 per month
  • Nurturing Membership:                                 $35 per month
  • Sustaining Membership:                                $50 per month
  • Enduring Membership:                                  $100 per month
  • Membership thru gifts of volunteer time (please contact us at sangha@milarepaiowa.org for details.)

Membership Rights

  • All members have voting rights.  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 4 contribution methods available:

1) Use our online donation method.

2) Put a check in our Donation Box

3) Send us a check via regular mail:
Please make checks payable to:

Milarepa Buddhist Center
1907 G Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

4) Hills Bank customers:  Direct Deposit available

 Non-profit Status

Non-profit Status Information:  Milarepa Buddhist Center is registered as a non-profit religious organization with the State of Iowa. Our paperwork to become registered as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in May of 2021.

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. Scholarships for classes and other events are readily available. Please contact Ellen Marie at: sangha@milarepaiowa.org or text: 937-244-1961

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
G Street Lease:                                 $1400
Utilities                                               $100
Internet Costs                                   $75

Khenpo Thupsang groceries          $200
Total Monthly Costs:                     $1775