Membership and Pledging
KCC’s programs and activities are open to all, without precondition. Anyone feeling a connection to the dharma in general and KCC in particular is welcome as a member of the KCC sangha.
Members and friends may choose to support KCC’s activities by:
Pledging Financial Support
As a member, you are encouraged to make a financial pledge to help KCC flourish as a valued resource for spiritual practice—for your own benefit and for the benefit of others. Since pledges account for the largest percentage of our operating budget, every pledge is important. Your pledge allows KCC to fulfill its mission of making the dharma accessible for individuals today and for future generations.
Upon maintaining a pledge for three months at any level of giving to the General Fund, a person is eligible for discounted prices to KCC sponsored retreats and events. After two years, a person is included on the Sangha List and is qualified to participate in the special votes noted in KCC’s bylaws.
When making a pledge, we ask you to consider the role of KCC in your spiritual life and give generously within your means. You determine the amount of your pledge—no set amount is required. You may wish to think in terms of percent of your income, such as 2%-7%, or use the following pledge guidelines. The pledge guidelines are intended to give a sense of how giving levels relate to the financial needs of KCC. Pledges may be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. Paying your pledge through direct debit from your checking account or credit card helps us greatly in planning and stabilizing our finances.
General Fund Pledge Guidelines
Benefactor Pledge: $100-$250/month or more
Allows KCC to strengthen and improve the programs and facilities it offers and helps ensure the dharma is made available to others.
Sustaining Pledge: $80-$99/month
Reflects the current average per person cost of operations for both the urban center and SCOL. Support at this level allows the Center to keep the fees for retreats and other events low and to provide regular Sunday sessions and other services free of charge to the general community.
Supporting Pledge: $30-$79/month
Helps keep the facilities open and helps support the resident lama and other essential staff.
Contributing Pledge: $10-$29/month
For students and others with limited income, or for those who may be less involved, yet wish to contribute.