We Are Building American Buddhism

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

70A Greenwich Avenue, #333
New York, NY 10011
Website: www.zencare.org
E-mail: Koshin@zencare.org

Description of Organization

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care provides compassionate care to the sick and terminally ill to create a supportive, nurturing environment for people to consciously face their illness and/or end of life journey.

They do this through direct care partnerships with august healthcare partnerships in New York and beyond, through caregiver and pastoral training programs, and by actively advocating for contemplative care at the national level. NYZCCC does this work not only to relieve suffering but also to create a more courageous and harmonious world that provides compassionate care for all.

Grant(s) Awarded

In Early 2015, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care received a grant for $100,000 as part of the “Pay It Forward” Recoverable Grant Program.

In early 2015, NYZCC embarked on a two-year multi-tier fundraising campaign, Champions of Compassionate Care, to engage new donors, upgrade established donors, and re-engage lapsed donors to grow their programs; both online and in person, training, and engage in national conferences and seminars. Through this campaign, the goal was to raise at least $600,000 in monthly, semi-annual, or annual pledges involving recurring monthly, quarterly and semi-annual donations. A major focus of the Champions of Compassionate Care Campaign was to triple the current size of the Board of Directors, with each Board member giving or getting a specified amount. Prior to the introduction of this new campaign, NYZCC had bare minimum development infrastructure for donor management, cultivation and stewardship. This Campaign requires NYZCC to develop a more sophisticated online, donor management software and to increase the amount of staff time spent on record-keeping and correspondence, event coordination and to broaden all efforts to include an expanded, sophisticated Board of Directors. The goal is to give Board members the tools and conversations to engage their networks to ensure short and long-term viability.

The $100,000 Pay It Forward grant from the Lenz Foundation was approved for the following:

  • Increases in staff costs and upgraded online donor database management and software for use in development tracking and management.
  • The ability to contract with fundraising consultants for training and advising.
  • Underwriting of an event.
  • Campaign material production, printing, distribution, and updating the website to align with the campaign.
  • Costs of cultivating an expanded national Board of Directors, including travel, meetings and meals with prospects, and follow-up.
  • Additional Clinical Contemplative Care Training.