Full financial disclosure remains a sore issue for some. I expect to get a more in-depth, better article to add here. In the meantime, below are some remarks that clarified for me the spirit of offering (whether financial or whatever).
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How important it is, therefore, that we safeguard this precious movement through our financial support. These monies help ensure that we can gather together, communicate with one another, and build a united and effective organization. Of the six paramitas — the practices required of bodhisattvas to attain enlightenment — the first is almsgiving. Nichiren Daishonin writes:
“What is appropriate for ordinary people is offering in principle [sincerely offering what is important to one’s own life]. This is the teaching called the paramita of almsgiving…” (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 1126).We make offerings of our time, our effort, our thought, our concern and our money for both the spiritual and the physical growth of our movement. Our financial contributions provide the means to operate 80-some facilities as centers for activities in every part of the United States, paying for rent, utilities, supplies, equipment and maintenance. It also pays for our youth programs, cultural events and community events.
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place a significance on making contributions?
How can I
make financial contributions?
how will my contributions be used?
SGI-USA funds are used for our organizational purposes. Occasionally, SGI-USA contributes to disaster-relief or local community projects. SGI-USA makes no contributions to the Soka Gakkai in Japan or organizations in other countries. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, a broad range of activities can be carried out and many facilities operated with a limited staff.
Are my contributions
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More information on financial disclosure is to come.
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