The Buddha taught that dana (generosity) is the first of the paramis (perfections). Dana refers to both the act of giving and to the donation itself. While we welcome all types of participation in our sangha, we continue to depend on ongoing financial support to ensure that current activities and growth will continue. Annual contributions are needed to cover community outreach, administrative expenses, teacher support, insurance, and rent. Thank you for your continued commitment to Valley Insight. Please give as generously as you can.
You may leave a check in the dana box at any of the regularly scheduled sits, or mail one to: VIMS, P.O. Box 634, Lebanon, NH, 03766.
While we encourage ease of payment, PayPal charges VIMS 2.9% each month for the value of that month’s transactions plus $0.30 for each transaction. To make monthly recurring donations, check the box on the PayPal form.
Please consider on-line bill paying with your bank. You can set up automatic withdrawals from your checking account that would be sent to our PO box in Lebanon. Thank you.
Valley Insight Meditation Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.
There are 3 suggested levels: SUSTAINER (any amount up to $125),
BENEFACTOR ($126 – $240), and VISIONARY (above $240).
“If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of selfishness overcome their minds. Even it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared, if there were someone to receive their gift.” ~ ltivuttaka 26
As Gil Fronsdal writes in The Issue at Hand,
“One way that the giver sees his or her generosity return is found in ‘instant karma’, the Buddhist idea that acts that you do have direct consequences on the state of your mind and heart, even as you do them. The consequences of giving are quite wonderful in the present moment; if we are present for them, we can receive these wonderful consequences during the act of giving. The Buddha emphasized the joy of giving. Dana is not meant to be obligatory or done reluctantly. Rather, dana should be performed when the giver is ‘delighted before, during, and after giving’.” (30-32)
Because of your generosity and commitment, VIMS offers:
- Three weekly sitting groups led by our teachers
- Day-long retreats with visiting teachers
- A monthly teaching and practice group for the inmates of the Northern NH Correctional Facility for men in Berlin, NH
- A monthly newsletter and this website
- Active participation in the United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP) as one way to show our commitment to Engaged Buddhism, working on social justice, diversity, and climate change issues
- Periodic classes in meditation and other dhamma topics
- Support Sangha Team which organizes and provides rides and meals for sangha members who are experiencing medical or surgical needs
To further develop these programs, we also welcome you to join with other volunteers on teams that are focusing on different areas of development. The teams are:
- Support Sangha
- Communication and Publicity
- Financial Development
If you’re interested, please email or phone us at Contact. It’s a great way to get to know other folks in the sangha, and to create the programs VIMS is dedicated to developing for our community.
Income and Expenses
VIMS’ expenses are primarily rent, support for teachers, and administrative expenses, such as our part-time bookkeeper. Teacher support is given in addition to donations put into the dana box. We appreciate your generosity of both time and financial gifts. We look forward to hearing from you.
VIMS Advisory Board
Gina Sonne (president), Mindy Schorr, Terry Cioffredi, Michael Stoner, and Suzanne Champlin (treasurer).
Valley Insight Meditation Society
January 1 – December 31, 2016
Note: these amounts have been reported on the IRS form 990, an annual filing required of all organizations that are exempt from income tax. Because our budget is under $50,000, we filed a 990-EZ. The bookkeeper expenses are not shown as a separate category, but apportioned among the specific activities. Thank you for your generosity.
Total Revenue $27,778
Contributions and gifts – this includes all dana and membership donations: $20,839 (75% of total)
Program service revenue – registration fees from all retreats and classes: $6,939 (25%)
Total Expenses: $19,077
Weekly sits (includes rent): $5,682 (30% of total)
Daylong retreats: $4,792 (25% of total)
Monthly visits to meditation group in federal correctional facility, Berlin, NH $3,323 (17%)
Community outreach: $2,846 (15%)
Classes (includes rent): $1,904 (10%)
Support to other nonprofits (Jetavana Temple Forest Monastery & United Valley Interfaith Project) $530 (3%)