How You Can Help

Cambridge Buddhist Centre is a thriving Buddhist community based on generosity.

A Buddhist Centre that is open to all – regardless of their ability to pay. Where we give what we can for the benefit of others.

Cambridge Buddhist Centre is a registered charity with no outside funding or wealthy benefactors. Our finances are based on “dana” (generosity). We rely on the generosity of visitors and supporters to keep the Centre and its activities alive and available. People can give in many ways and we would like to make it easy for people to contribute in whatever way they are able to.

Donations

All our meditation and Buddhism classes are freely given, with the financing of the Centre based on “dana”(generosity). Generosity is at the heart of our community, so we do not want to charge people to be part of it. We teach Buddhism and meditation because we believe in its benefit to the world. More than ever, the world needs Buddhism, meditation, and spiritual community.

We always welcome donations. No amount is too large or too small. There are several ways you can give:

  • To make a regular or one-off donation simply click on the Donate button. We use Donorbox on our website, which is an easy and secure way of setting up your donation.
  • You can also make a credit or debit card donation by telephone or in-person during our reception opening hours.
  • You can write a cheque to Cambridge Buddhist Centre, which could be posted or handed to reception.
  • You will see some red Donation boxes in the Centre where you can put your gift – this is a place for cash or cheques, and you can use an envelope to make the donation qualify as Gift Aid (see below).

Regular donations are particularly helpful. They enable us to budget effectively. Many people already contribute in this way, enabling the Centre to be open to all, regardless of their ability to pay. Just go to the Donate page on our website to set up a regular donation - we use Donorbox on our website, which is an easy and secure way of setting up your donation. Alternatively, call or email us for our Banking Details so that you can set up a standing order with your bank, or pick up a standing order form at the Centre (please pass the completed form directly to us, not your bank).

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer you can gift aid your donation, whether it’s regular or a one-off. The government then adds 25p in the pound, at no extra cost to you. There is full gift aid information on the standing order form, at the red donation boxes on the ground floor, and on the HMRC website.

Legacies

If you are making a will, please consider a bequest to the Centre. For more information about making a will:

The Centre depends on large numbers of volunteers giving their time and energy

If you are a regular at the Centre talk to us about your skills and what you can offer. You can help out on a regular basis or just occasionally.

We need people like you to clean, decorate and fix things for starters, and from time to time we seek volunteers with specific skills, or to lend a hand at events.

Helping out is a chance to be at the heart of things, make friends, and know that your actions make a difference to hundreds of people every week.

Interested in volunteering?

If you are a regular then contact the Centre Team on 01223 577553 or vidyasakhi@cambridgebuddhistcentre.com, or leave your contact details at reception

Give in kind

We always welcome teabags, non-dairy milk, toilet rolls, heavy-duty bin bags, and so on. Just adding an extra item to each shopping trip really helps keep our supplies bill down.