Dharma Rain - Capital Campaign
Dharma Rain Zen Center Capital Campaign
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Dharma Rain Zen Center’s capital campaign for Planting
an effort to transform a brownfield into a space for spiritual practice,
community connection, and native habitat. Dharma Rain is committed
to raising $1 million to make this inspiring vision a reality.
Additional goals for the Lotus Blooming campaign are to:
- sign 50 people up for planned giving
- secure $1.5 million in collateral
- receive monetary donations from 1,000 different people
- educate and engage the public with stewardship of the site. The
Lotus Blooming campaign will kick-off
with the groundbreaking ceremony on June 8, 2013, and will continue
for three years. As of April
we have raised $152,430, including a $100,000 gift. This does
not count an additional $100,000 in grants that are restricted
for specific portions
of the project.
Although Lotus Blooming flows directly from Dharma Rain’s core
mission of making the Dharma accessible to all within their everyday
lives, it is different from annual fundraising in several ways:
- It is specifically tied to Planting
Zen and all funds will be
used for building Dharma Rain’s new campus and paying for the
land, not for operating expenses. Capital expenses such as these
beyond the annual budget, and most non-profits require specific
campaigns to address these needs.
- We are trying to broaden our donor base with this campaign, so
that we are not relying only on our local membership for our needs.
have a compelling case, because Planting
Zen has substantial
the broader public. We are doing environmental remediation,
habitat restoration, education, urban renewal, sustainable development,
- We’re looking for larger gifts. This is an incredible opportunity
to create something special for the sangha and region, and unique
in American Zen. The scale of the project will require us to
resources, and it is important that we get off to a solid start.
The first thing we are asking for is that each member have five conversations
with people outside the sangha, in which you tell them something about
the project and invite them to the groundbreaking ceremony.
Secondly, we are asking you to consider how you could aid this effort
by investing in the sangha’s future. We're looking for a wide
variety of help: monetary donations or pledges, planned giving bequests,
recommendations and contacts, collateral or low-interest loans,
and participation at events.
Whatever your situation, there is a way
you to help make this vision a reality. We are asking for a gift
to Plant Zen in Siskiyou Square and help this Lotus to Blossom.
Thank you for your generous support.
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