Lenz Foundation Grants 2003-2024
The Foundation draws its inspiration from Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz and his groundbreaking work to establish a uniquely American form of Buddhism. In particular, we have developed a community- and capacity-building strategy that reflects his special insights into the role Buddhist principles and practices play in transforming the lives of individuals, thus shaping an enlightened American society and culture. We provide general-assistance and restricted grants, program-related investments, education and training and other programs designed to grow and strengthen the emerging community of American Buddhist institutions.
The Foundation, since inception, has provided grants to close to 200 unique organizations for a total funding of over $8.5 million.
What We Fund
The Foundation funds transformative nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to reshaping their fields by applying and disseminating Buddhist principles and practices in their work. In particular, we are interested in the following funding general themes:
This chart displays our grant categories and provides additional detail regarding the themes listed below.
This chart displays all grant categories
The Pay It Forward Sustainability Finance Fund is an innovative program designed to assist Lenz Foundation grantees to develop, launch, and sustain major donor campaigns and other high-impact fundraising initiatives that lead to financial sustainability.