|Dana is the Buddhist word for giving. In the spirit of generosity IMC continues a 2500-year-old Buddhist tradition of providing the teachings freely to all who are interested. IMC has no paid staff, being run solely by volunteers. Our financial support comes from the generosity of people who value what we do. The donations we receive support all our expenses, including our building, publications and wide-reaching website. Our teachers receive no salary and are supported by teacher dana. We at IMC are very grateful for all the support we receive, and are inspired by how beautifully Dharma practice develops when it does so in a field of generosity and gratitude.
Donations to IMC are tax-deductible. Insight Meditation Center of the Mid-Peninsula is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID 77-0450217.
Ways to Donate
Online: Use the links to the right for one-time donations using a credit card or PayPal. A recurring monthly donation can also be made, but requires a PayPal account, a process that is quick, easy, and secure.
By Check: Make checks payable to “Insight Meditation Center” and mail to Insight Meditaton Center, 108 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA 94062
Please indicate if funds are to go to: IMC/Audio Dharma, Teachers, Insight Retreat Center, or Online Intro to Meditation Course. If applicable, specify teacher(s) or percentage amount if donating to more than one category.
In Person: There is a donation box by the front door of IMC. It has two slots, one for Teacher Dana and the other for IMC Expenses. You may donate by cash or check.
Planned Giving: A charitable bequest is an easy and flexible way that you can leave a gift that will make a lasting impact. Click here for Planned Giving information.
Stock Transfer Gift: Follow the instructions to initiate a stock gift for the Insight Retreat Center. Printable STOCK TRANSFER Instructions.
Other Ways to Donate
Buying or Selling Your Home: If you’re buying or selling your home, sangha member and retired real-estate broker, Carol Collins, offers to negotiate a reduced brokerage fee for you, and contribute her entire finder’s fee to IMC. For information contact Carol at (408) 348-1385. FLIER
Enroll in E-Scrip: Register your grocery club card and credit/debit cards and the participating merchants will donate a small percentage of your purchases to IMC. You keep all your credit card rewards. Register at Escrip, the Group ID is 238528.
Vehicle Donation: You can make a tax-deductible donation of a vehicle you no longer want, working or not.
The Center for Car Donations will handle pick-up and all paperwork needed, and IMC will get 75% of the sale price. Make sure you tell them you want to donate to Insight Retreat Center.
Call (877) 411-3662 and a helpful representative will schedule your pick-up appointment and guide you through the process or answer any questions.