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 $680 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.
- Student Membership: $10 per month
- 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. 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, 1570 S. 1st Avenue, suite I, Iowa City, IA 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 submitting our paperwork to become registered as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in February 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: firstname.lastname@example.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
Internet hosting $15
Online Sales costs $20
Total Monthly Costs: $680
Average Cost of Visiting Teacher:
Facility rental: $50
Aprox Cost for Visiting Teachers: $950