Planned Giving

Create a Lasting Legacy

Consider joining the Legacy Sangha, a growing community of people who want IMS to thrive into the future. Many of our supporters make a gift to IMS in their will or estate plan so they can do even more to ensure that the Buddha’s teachings of wisdom and compassion will be taught and practiced at our centers for generations to come. You can, too. Giving a percentage of your estate will help IMS serve as a refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart.

Making a legacy gift is easy

Everyone needs a will, and everyone can make a legacy gift — you don’t need to be wealthy. To include us in your estate plan, simply name IMS as a beneficiary:

Create your free will

To make it easy, we’ve partnered with FreeWill: a free online resource that guides you through the process of making or updating a legally valid will in just 20 minutes. In your plans, you can include a gift to IMS.

If you have more complex estate plans, you can use FreeWill to create a set of documented wishes to share with your attorney.

Have an IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy, donor-advised fund, or any other assets not included in your will? These are called non-probate assets and you must identify your beneficiaries for them separately. You can use this online tool to make your plans and designate IMS as a beneficiary of these assets to help share the Dharma for many years to come.

Connect with us

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you. Please contact Leah Giles, Director of Development, at 978-355-4378 ext. 320 

If you have already made a gift to IMS in your estate plans, we would be honored if you could fill out this form to let us know so we can thank you and update our records.

Or, complete thePlanned Giving Response Formand mail it to us:

IMS Development Office
1230 Pleasant Street
Barre, MA 01005

IMS’s tax-exempt ID number: 51-0152810

The information here is for general purposes only. We strongly recommend consulting your own legal and financial advisors when planning a legacy gift.

The teachings have been priceless for me. The amount of personal growth that I’ve gone through at IMS is profound. It has led me to completely change my life perspective. It’s changed my values. And IMS has asked me for nothing. So, it’s where I choose to put my resources. I would like to pay that forward.

For that reason, I put IMS in my estate plan. As a finance person, I believe that everybody needs to have an estate plan. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you have children or not, if you are single or married or partnered. Even if you don’t know of any person who can benefit from your estate, there are organizations that could benefit from your generosity. Make it a resolution to do an estate plan this year.

Salma Abdulla, former IMS Board Member

I want to offer others the opportunity to feel the peace and inspiration I have always found at IMS.


We have included IMS in our estate plan as a way of acknowledging how central the Dharma is to our lives, and of expressing our deep gratitude to IMS for being such a support to our practice.

Rick and David

IMS is a spiritual home for me and I donate monthly and through my will to practice generosity by offering a small amount to benefit a center that continues to operate in the traditional way of dana and with integrity of the teachings. I am deeply grateful!

Christine Sorrenti-Massaia

Thank you for the generosity I have received over the years! May the Dharma Wheel continue to turn. May my humble offering support the practice for all beings.

Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith