​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Giving

Louisville Zen Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ​that operates on the Buddhist virtue of dana (or giving).  The organization is run entirely by volunteers.  Our Group Leader, zendo monitors, Board of Directors, and other workers and advisors, both at home and abroad, are freely giving their services to Louisville Zen Center.  This means your contributions go directly toward activities that support Zen practice allowing us to continue offering these services to others in the future.  We rely on your generosity and your donations are tax-deductible.

We accept various kinds of donations - cash gifts, items on our wishlist, as well as planned and other legacy donations.  In fact, a planned gift may be the most significant donation a person makes in his/her lifetime.  Planned giving can significantly reduce your tax burden while supporting the Louisville Zen Center for years to come. 


Upon receiving your contribution, a Center representative will promptly acknowledge the gift in writing.  We will also provide a receipt or tax substantiation letter to satisfy Internal Revenue Service requirements.  


Cash Gifts & Membership

To donate a cash gift, simply write a check and mail to Louisville Zen Center.  ​You may also give a one-time or recurring contribution via PayPal using the button below. Feel free to use the Paypal account you already have, but it isn’t necessary.  Nor do you have to create an account.  Just follow the prompts to donate by debit or credit card.  ​​To make an ongoing commitment while supporting the mission of the Center, please consider becoming a member or friend of the Center.


Payroll Deduction


Giving through payroll deduction is also pretty easy.  Your contribution is automatically deducted from your paycheck by your employer.  Setting up recurring payroll deduction allows you to spread your pledge over the course of a year, in smaller, more financially manageable amounts to be deducted from your paycheck.


Employer Matching Gift Program


Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employee donations to non-profits.  By simply participating in your employer's matching gift program you can significantly increase the value of your contribution to the Louisville Zen Center.


Amazon Smile


Purchasing through AmazonSmile is another way of supporting the Center.  Simply go to AmazonSmile and enter Louisville Zen Center as your non-profit of choice before shopping. Then whenever you buy on AmazonSmile, the program will donate .5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Center and it won't cost you a penny!  Because these donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation, they are not tax deductible by you.


Wish List


You can give concrete, practical support to Louisville Zen Center that is tax-deductible by fulfilling needs on our Amazon wish list.  It's not necessary to purchase from Amazon, nor must you buy brand new (gently-used is o.k., too). Just please meet the specifications of the product listed.  If you choose to buy through Amazon, they'll conveniently ship the item to us!


Personal Property and Other Assets


Louisville Zen Center may accept donations of personal property as well as real estate and marketable securities.  In fact, you might be able to avoid the capital gains tax incurred from the sale of an appreciated asset (such as stock) by donating the asset to the Center.  Contact us if you’d like us to consider this non-cash gift. 


Beneficiary Gift


Naming the Louisville Zen Center as a beneficiary in your retirement plan, bank account, or life insurance policy is one of the simplest ways to leave a gift of support.  


Wills, Trusts, & Other Financial Vehicles


Planned giving in a will or trust is fairly easy, but requires language bequeathing to the Center for charitable purposes a percentage, a specific dollar amount, or a residue of your assets.  Consult your lawyer or financial advisor when making bequests in a will or trust and when setting up annuities or other financial vehicles as gifts to the Center.

When you decide to leave a planned gift to the Center, contact us to inform us of your intentions so we can ensure your wishes are fulfilled.