We Are Building American Buddhism

Grant Policy

Policy on Grant Making 

  1. The Foundation has established a grant-making committee composed of Norman Marcus and Norman Oberstein. The grant-making committee reports its findings and recommendations to the board of directors from time to time as convenient.
  2. The grant-making committee seeks the advice and counsel of members of the board’s advisory committee (chaired by board member Liz Lewinson) and in its discretion uses such other sources of information and research as the grant-making committee sees fit. The grant-making committee establishes its own agenda and timetables for the making of grants subject to the approval of the board of directors, and meets from time to time as it determines in its own discretion.
  3. The Foundation will not accept or consider unsolicited requests for grants, but will consider letters of inquiry to determine the Foundation’s interest in the programs and purposes of any other tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity organization compatible with the mission and vision statements of the Foundation. Inquiries should be limited to two pages describing the organization and the purposes for which the requested funds would be used. If the committee on grant-making desires further information, it will issue a request for a proposal containing all the information in paragraph 5, below. There shall be no funding of an entity other than those described above and funding shall be limited to programs and organizations serving the needs of those in the United States.
  4. The committee on grant-making has established further guidelines for the making of grants as set out in paragraph 5, below. The Foundation favors grant applications devoted to programs which have the potential to beneficially impact the broadest American audience.  Currently, and at least through 2016, the Foundation has committed all of its grant-making resources to support of collaboration projects growing out of its “Contemplation, Collaboration, and Change” nine-month training program (click here for details).  However, grants under the “Pay It Forward Program” and “Women in Buddhism” shall continue.  In addition, for organizations wishing to join our network of existing grantees in their collective pursuit of collaboration projects, the Foundation will consider such applications under the guidelines set out in paragraph 5, below.
  5. In any request for proposals made to the grant-making committee, the recipient shall be requested to provide the following:
    • the commencement date and history of the organization;
    • its stated objectives and purposes, and a description of the current services offered;
    • the geographic area served;
    • the organization's clients -- to wit, the targeted population;
    • background on the staff together with the skills and expertise of the same;
    • identification of the board members and their résumés;
    • any information concerning the organization's reputation in the community in which it serves;
    • the organization's balance sheet and budget and a summary of its fiscal management;
    • a statement of the proposed project or program and its goals;
    • a statement of the need being served;
    • a statement of the capacity to implement the proposed plan of action and the anticipated means to finance the same with an identification of source of funds and other donors;
    • the percentage of funds the Foundation is being asked to contribute to the particular program or project;
    • to what extent the organization is able to utilize the writings, tapes and/or music of Dr. Frederick Lenz (Rama);
    • and current IRS Letter of Tax Status and IRS Schedule A to Form 990 or 990-EZ, Public Charity Status and Public Support (download form here)