Louisville Zen Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ​that operates on the Buddhist virtue of dana (or giving). We are run entirely by volunteers. 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 may be tax-deductible.

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 it to the 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 membership in 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.

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 your 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.