2019 Fundraising Campaign

Over the last twelve months, Karmê Chöling has seen a dramatic decline in program registrations. Because of that, we’ve had to cancel more programs than ever and take a loss with many others.

To keep Karmê Chöling afloat since June 2018, we have tightened our belt with considerable expense reductions and, starting this year, we will be going to a seasonal model to reduce staff expense for the period of November through April – Winter Session.

Even with reductions in expenses, to sustain Karmê Chöling – the Jewel of the Shambhala Mandala – through the Winter Session, we need to raise $250,000.

This makes your donation to Karmê Chöling
all the more important and relevant, right now.

The Math

Here are the numbers we’re working with. These funds are needed for the basic operation of Karmê Chöling May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020:

$1,054,000 – expected total operating expenses

-$540,000 – projected future program revenue (5/1/19 – 10/31/19)

-$124,000projected future monthly donations

$390,000 – projected deficit

-$140,000 – repurposed Capital Campaign donations

$250,000 – Fundraising Appeal Goal


Coming Home Fundraising Graph

Atlantic Foundation Matching Grant

The Atlantic Foundation has generously extended a matching grant of $20,000 for donations raised between June 7 and December 31, 2019. Since June 7, we have received $16,816 in campaign donations – we are on the way to $20,000!

Our profound gratitude goes out to the Atlantic Foundation. And many thanks to those who have donated to Karmê Chöling at this critical time.


2019 Fundraising Appeal

To reach the broader Karmê Chöling family for help, we have designed a major fundraising appeal, called COMING HOME, which will consist of a number of emails starting June 3rd through October 1. This series of emails will weave the story of Trungpa Rinpoche’s epic struggle that brought the dharma to America together with Karmê Chöling’s commitment and efforts to protect and perpetuate it over the years.

Embedded in our appeal will be creative ways to give and, if you can’t give yourself, ways to involve friends and family to help sustain this place we all call home.

Donations to Karmê Chöling are tax-deductible. Please consider making an unrestricted one-time donation today or becoming a monthly donor to provide ongoing support. We simply ask that contributors give as generously as they can.

If you’re already a monthly donor, we ask that you seriously consider increasing your contribution. No matter what, we greatly appreciate whatever contributions your individual circumstances permit.

By working together, we can sustain Karmê Chöling through the Winter Session to enjoy its 50th anniversary next year and for future generations of practitioners.

We can do this!

 

Making the Best of a Challenging Situation

This is a time of transition for Karmê Chöling and for Shambhala – another bead on the mala of constant change – a serious one.

As Shambhala looks inward toward what to accept and what to reject, Karmê Chöling – on its own merit – continues to do everything in its power to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for everyone who comes through our doors while, at the same time, being an example to the greater mandala in doing so so.

Here are just a few things that we do to eliminate the possibility of harm happening at Karmê Chöling:

  • We updated within the last eleven months, and are updating once again, our code of ethics to continue to ensure a safe and sane environment for Karmê Chöling residents, program participants, program staff, visitors, and those on in-house retreats. Look for those to go up on our website for your review.
  • We have rolled out mandatory inclusivity training for all Karmê Chöling residents to open awareness & acceptance of everyone’s differences while creating an even more caring and welcoming environment for all our guests.
  • We, as Karmê Chöling residents empower each other as well as everyone else who comes through Karmê Chöling to maintain awareness of how others are being treated and feel safe in speaking up with kindness when things seem not right.

Since July of last year, we’ve seen long-time students renew their commitment to living the dharma and practicing. We’ve also seen first-time students totally connect with the dharma and practice and voice excitement over continuing on the path.

Karmê Chöling remains committed to protecting & perpetuating the Shambhala teachings and precious Buddha Dharma that were brought to us by the Vidyadhara and carried on by the Sakyong while, at the same time, acting as an example to the Shambhala mandala in providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for everyone.

If you would like to share your thoughts on how Karmê Chöling could serve people better, we want to hear! We also need your help to sustain Karmê Chöling!

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A Positive Trend We’re Seeing

Since July of 2018, while we’ve seen a 50% reduction in registrations, we’ve also seen the return of long-time practitioners and an excited new generation of practitioners coming through. This new generation of practitioners get it – they connect with the dharma and understand the impact of practice – and want to go back home to find a Shambhala Center near them.

This trend lifts our hearts and instills optimism that things will turn around for Karmê Chöling in the near future. We just need get through this latest time of transition.


One-Time Unrestricted Donations

Please make a one-time donation today – either online or by contacting our Development Department: (802) 633-2384 x157 or by email.

Unrestricted donations are vital, right now. Please do not send credit card information by email; we will reply to correspondences directly for this information.

Donations of $300 or more will receive one of the beautiful calligraphy prints at the bottom of the Donate page.

Donate Online

You may also mail your donation in the form of a check or money order made out to Karmê Chöling:
Development Department, Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet, VT 05821

Thank you for your support!


Canadian Donors

Due to a Canadian tax law change, beginning July 1, 2019, Canadian donors will no longer be eligible for a Canadian tax deduction when donating to any U.S. Shambhala entity.

You may still make an unrestricted donation to Karmê Chöling at any time – it will help us greatly!

Credit Card:

Donate Online

Check:

Please make checks payable to ‘Karmê Chöling’ and mail to:
Karmê Chöling, 369 Patneaude Lane, Barnet, Vermont 05821, USA. Attn: Development Department.

Thank you for your support!


Monthly Donations

Our monthly donors are a diverse community of global citizens who provide Karmê Chöling with important, predictable cash flow for operations expenses. These payments can be made by automatic bank withdrawal, credit card, or check.

You will receive a pin and the calligraphy print of your choice (pictured below) when you join one of Karmê Chöling’s monthly giving associations. Simply click on one of the monthly levels below to join the other 260 patrons who are making it possible for Karmê Chöling to be around for its 50th anniversary next year and for future generations of practitioners:

Kubera – $25-$99/month

Saddharma – $100-$249/month

Saddharma Patron – $250+/month

Thank you for your support!


Corporate Matching


Bid on our 2019 Online Auction Items

By bidding on one or more of our online auction items, you’re helping Karmê Chöling in a vital way. Visit our online auction now.

Note:  The “retail price” on any auction item is NOT the open bid or bid increment amount. Click on the photo of the item and you’ll see a description of the item as well as the opening bid and bid increment amounts. Be sure to check the details as items are open for bid at different time periods.

Thank you for your support and please spread the word!


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Karmê Chöling Development Department Contact Information

Phone:  802-633-2384  x157   Email: Development