Make a Donation
We welcome with gratitude your donations to allow for reduced retreat fees for registrants who cannot afford the full registration fee.
Your donations to BCIMS are fully tax-deductible
BCIMS’s mission is to practice, carry on, promote and perpetuate Buddhist teachings and practice in British Columbia and throughout Canada, in particular the Theravadan Buddhist traditions and practices of Metta and Vipassana meditation.
We respond to this mandate by supporting many weekly meditation sitting groups, sponsoring residential and non-residential retreats, offering beginners’ meditation classes, leading essential dharma teaching programs, and participating in compassion-in-action activities.
We rely extensively on volunteers. Participants in our programs pay registration fees that cover the administrative costs of renting facilities, paying for travel expenses of teachers and operating costs of the organization. We have two part-time contractors. Our teachers offer their teachings freely, receiving only donations (dana) offered voluntarily by participants.
A particular fundraising priority is the Joanne Broatch Memorial Fund, which provides financial aid for retreats to our sangha members with the greatest need. This is part of our on-going priority to keep the teachings of the Buddha as accessible as possible.
Joanne Broatch co-founded the BC Insight Meditation Soceity and served as a Senior Dharma Teacher to the sangha until her passing in 2017. Upon her death, she left a small bequest which has been used, at her request, to support financial aid and increase accessiblity to the Buddha’s teachings.
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, BCIMS has cancelled several non-residential and residential retreats. As with other small organizations, this will impact our operations for the immediate future. Your donations are deeply appreciated to help us weather this difficult time.
We invite one-time donations or monthly giving. Income tax receipts will be issued for all donations.
You may wish to consider making a gift to BCIMS in your will, such as a specific amount, a portion of the residue of your estate, or a life insurance policy. British Columbia Insight Meditation Society is a Canadian registered charity (Registration Number 85143 0322 RR0001).