Ims Support Giving

Ways to Give

Every day, IMS cares for its retreatants, teachers, staff, facilities and grounds. The income that’s needed to successfully operate our Retreat Center, Forest Refuge and online programs comes from two sources – course fees and donations. Since we try to keep our fees as affordable for as many people as possible, revenue from this stream covers less than half of our expenses.

This means that we must rely on the generosity of our community to balance our budget and to operate our centers in a sustainable way.

Here are two easy ways to help IMS do this:

Whenever you are inspired to offer a donation, you join a community directly engaged in alleviating suffering and bringing greater wisdom and compassion into the world.

Other Ways to Give

Workplace Matching Gifts: If your company has a matching gift program, you may be able to increase the value of your contribution. If you have given a one-time gift or monthly gifts this calendar year, it may be eligible for your company to match. Please check with your human resources department.

Donor-Advised Fund Gifts: Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are an increasingly popular charitable giving vehicle. If you hold a DAF account, please consider recommending IMS for a grant.

Stock, Cryptocurrency, and IRA Gifts: Learn more about the advantages of giving gifts of appreciated assets, cryptocurrency, or qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) from your IRA.

Planned Gifts: Ensure that the Buddha’s teachings of insight, peace, and lovingkindness will be passed onto future generations by including IMS in your will or estate plan.

Meal Dana: Offer a meal to the IMS community.

Financial Assistance: Offer retreat time to those who cannot afford the entire cost.

IMS Development Director Leah Giles discusses the many ways to make a difference at IMS.

IMS is a 501c3 public charity.  Our tax-exempt ID number is 51-0152810. To connect with us, please call 978-355-4378 ext. 230 or email

Note: If you would like to donate via check, please make it payable to the Insight Meditation Society and mail to:

Insight Meditation Society
ATTN: Development
1230 Pleasant Street
Barre, MA 01005

Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.

The Buddha