Cutting-Edge Fundraising Panel Adds Grantmaking Knowledge to Innovative Buddhist Conference

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism today announced a unique Sponsors Panel in which foundation representatives will share their missions and grantmaking processes for “The Future of American Buddhism” conference, June 2 – 5, at the Garrison Institute, New York. The conference, co-organized by Naropa Universitybrings together Buddhist and Buddhist thought leaders of diverse ages, lineages, ethnicities, and gender orientations for dynamic panels and workshops on key topics and issues.

During the donor panel on June 5, foundation representatives will share their missions and processes. The goal is to help people who attend the conference in person or via live stream overcome obstacles and concerns about obtaining grants. The panel will feature speakers from the Lenz Foundation, the Hemera Foundation and the Kalliopeia Foundation. Other supporting sponsors include the Pema Chodron Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Owsley Brown III Foundation, and Frederick P. Lenz Students.

“We are proud to work with Naropa University about this important conference,” says Norman Oberstein, CEO of the Lenz Foundation. “By featuring a panel of funders that discusses how best to apply for and receive grants from various foundations, we add more substance to the goal of turning wisdom into action.”

“The conference is an exciting time to be together in person after such a long period of isolation,” said Susan Skjei, director of the Naropa conference. “We look forward to the new projects that will arise from our collective commitment to compassionate action – not only through post-conference grants, but also through networking and collaboration. All are welcome.”

The Lenz Foundation will award grants from a grant pool of $265,000 (and growing) to qualified participating organizations based on the six conference themes: Tradition and Innovation; Leadership, power and empowerment; Dharma for the environmental crisis; committed Buddhism; Wisdom and skilful means of BIPOC; and Digital Dharma & Virtual Sangha. The Lenz Foundation continues to seek additional sponsors to help increase its grant pool and/or to provide their own grants to conference attendees with worthy projects that stem from this event.

For more information, contact Liz Lewinsonvice president and treasurer of the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

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