3. What are the plans for the Foundation?
In accordance with Dr. Lenz directions, the Foundation is to be perpetual, meaning that it is intended to
continue in its work indefinitely. Accordingly, it will make grants to other Buddhist organizations and educational
institutions, as well as possibly funding its own programs, to carry out the Foundations purposes while at the same
time seeking to grow its endowment in order to assure its longevity.
The Foundation will rely primarily on volunteer assistance (such as the Advisory Committee discussed above),
investment revenue, revenue generated from the sale of Dr. Lenz intellectual property used in support of its mission,
and unsolicited individual donations and bequests as its primary means of generating income and growth. Since the
Foundation is not a public charity, it will not engage in fund-raising activities.
4. Who can apply for grants?
Please see the Foundations' Grant Policy on Grant-Making for details. Here is a brief summary:
- Grants will only be made to qualified not-for-profit organizations whose goals are commensurate with those of the
Foundation and which have already received their exempt status from the appropriate governmental authorities.
- Unsolicited grant proposals are not requested and will not be considered. If, however, a letter outlining an
idea for a grant is sent to the Foundation, and if the Foundation responds with a request for a full proposal,
then a proposal may be written and submitted to the Foundation for consideration.
- For information on grant-making activity, click here.
5. Will Dr. Lenz's teachings and other intellectual properties be available to the public?
In an effort to make the public aware of the concept of American Buddhism, the Foundation is offering Dr. Lenz
teaching audio tapes and transcripts of those audio tapes, plus additional books written by Dr. Lenz, videos
and Zazen music. The intent is to make copies of these works available in attractive and high quality formats. As more
of these intellectual properties become available, the Foundation will seek to add to its archives and make them
available to the public. The intellectual property is accessible through an easy-to-use online storefront with
immediate shipping and credit card payment capabilities. Special pricing is available to teachers of meditation.
6. Is there a way to make a donation to the Foundation or to benefit a specific grant partner?
All donations are welcome. There is no minimum amount for a donation to the Foundation. For a donation in support of one
of our specific grant programs to benefit a particular grant partner, the minimum donation is $500.00.
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donation in support of the Foundation.
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one of our specific grant programs to benefit a particular grant partner.
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt private foundation. Please check with
your accountant regarding any tax deductions related to this donation.
7. Are there American Buddhist events sponsored by the Foundation?
The Foundation recently sponsored the 2009 Buddhist Leadership Conference in Boulder, Colorado. Click here to view the
videos, pictures and transcripts from the 2009 Buddhist Leadership Conference, including a video of the keynote address
by Robert Thurman.
This page will be updated with more FAQs on a periodic basis, and we welcome your questions.
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