Ways to Give


“Using all the ingredients of my life, I vow to take up the way of not sparing the dharma assets.”       

The Greater Boston Zen Center is supported entirely through donations.  If you regard GBZC-Cambridge or one of its Affiliate Practice Centers as your spiritual home, please consider making a donation to ensure that it will continue to be there to support your practice and that of others. Your practice of generosity is an important way to express gratitude for all the ways GBZC supports you and all Beings.  

What your Donation Supports

  • A vibrant Central Square location in Cambridge;
  • Affiliate practice centers in Providence, RI, Middletown, CT, Worcester, MA, Natick, MA, and North Weymouth, MA;
  • Multiple sesshin throughout the year, including financial aid for those unable to pay the full cost;
  • Diverse programming in Zen study, as well as racial, social, gender and environmental justice;
  • Training of teachers and students in our lineage tradition.

Ways to Give                                                                                                

Donations to GBZC are always welcome and can take many forms.  We encourage you to use the one(s) that work best for you!  

Members:  If you are a member of GBZC, you may fulfill your annual membership pledge through any of the options marked with an asterisk (*).  Just make sure that you include with your gift a memo that designates it for membership.

Quick and Easy

  • *Online Donation: To use PayPal for payment, please use the PayPal button in one of the donation boxes at this link or below (one-time donation, pre-registration for all day sit,  monthly membership pledge or annual membership pledge).   
  • *Cash Gifts: Cash may be placed in the dana box or bowl at any of the GBZC affiliate centers.   You may also use an envelope and put your name either inside the envelope or written on the outside of it).  If your gift is a fulfillment of a membership pledge, make sure you indicate “membership” on the envelope.
  • *Checks payable to GBZC can be placed in any dana box or bowl or mailed to the address below.  You may also use a 12-month packet of pre-addressed envelopes (available from your Practice Leader) to mail us a check each month.
  • *Automatic Monthly Payment From Your Bank. Schedule your monthly donation to be sent to the address below.

More Innovative Ways to Give

  • *Gifts of Stock: Appreciated securities may be donated to GBZC. You pay no capital gains on the appreciated value, GBZC gets the entire value of the donated stock, and you may take a tax deduction for the full value of  the donation. A win-win! The GBZC Treasurer can give you more information about this ([email protected]).
  • *Qualified Charitable Deduction From a Retirement Account:  If you are 701/2 or older, you may donate up to $100,000 from your IRA tax free, and GBZC receives the full untaxed amount.  This is a great way to direct your tax dollars to something that you care deeply about.  

Gifts Made Upon Your Death

Including GBZC in your estate plans can extend your support even after your death.  While individual situations vary, this type of legacy giving can be fairly easy to set up.  Some possibilities include: 

  • Bequest in Your Will: Leave GBZC a specific asset, dollar amount, percentage of your estate, or balance of your estate after taxes, expenses and other bequests.Your donation is fully deductible for estate tax purposes.
  • Gifts of Life Insurance: Name GBZC as a beneficiary (perhaps one of several) on an existing policy. Or donate a policy to GBZC, receiving a tax deduction for the cash value of the policy.
  • Naming GBZC as a Beneficiary of a Retirement Plan or IRA: Esttate and income taxes can claim up to 70% of the original value of the IRA asset when given to heirs.  GBZC is not subject to estate or income taxes and receives the full value of the asset. GBZC can be one of several named beneficiaries. (See EIN/TIN below.)

Let Your Gift Do Double Duty

  • Gifts of Recognition and Celebration: Consider making a gift to GBZC in memory, in honor or in celebration of someone who has touched your life in a special way.  We’ll send a card to the recipient to let them know that you’ve honored them with a gift to GBZC.

Using All the Ingredients of Your Life

  • In-Kind Donations:  Consider donating your time or talents to help us further the work of GBZC.  Check with a Practice Leader at your local practice center to let them know what you’d like to do, or to find out what the current needs may be.  

Mailing Address:

552 Massachusetts Ave, #208
Cambridge, MA 02139

EIN/TIN: 45-5047402

Your donations are tax-deductible.

Questions? Contact the GBZC treasurer at [email protected].

One time donation

Use the button below to make a one time donation in any amount and please indicate this is a one time donation by adding a note on the second PayPal page that comes up after you click Donate.

Pre-register for the next all-day sit by making a $25 dollar donation with this button

You may make your monthly membership pledge here (preferred method for membership pledges)

To make a monthly pledge (preferred pledge method), enter an amount in the box on the right and use the Pledge button to make a monthly pledge via PayPal.   

Monthly Amount:


If you do not an enter an amount, you will receive an error message.


You may make an annual membership pledge here

To make an annual membership pledge, click the Pledge button below and indicate the amount of your annual pledge.  Please add a note on the second PayPal page that comes up indicating that this is an annual membership pledge.  (You will have to authorize a new annual payment each year.  Annual dues are due in February.)

Annual Pledge Amount: