2012 budget for Shambhala Day

Provisional 2012 International Budget
Here is the way we plan to use the funds raised on Shambhala Day. It is set out in a way that we hope helps everyone see even more clearly than before what we will be investing in! Items introduced for the first time in 2011 and proposed for this coming year are marked NEW with the year.

1. Supporting the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo – $111,000
• Direct support to them throughout the year for their leadership, writing and teaching.

2. Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo staff and court support – $375,294
• Sakyong and Court Staff Salaries: Secretary, Editor, Editorial and Media Assistant, Travel Coordinator, Kusung, Attendants, Machen.
• Cost for travel, communications and related expenses for the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo and the court staff who travel with them.

3. Support for Lamas – $22,200
• Lady Konchok & Lama Pegyal

4. Kalapa Council and Executive Director – $113,730
• President, Chagdzö – reimbursement of volunteer expenses
NEW 2011: Full time Executive Director
NEW 2011: Part time administrative assistant for Executive Director
• Governance Meetings

5. Acharyas and Shamhala Office of Practice & Education – $205,730
NEW 2011: Full time salary and travel for the Kalapa Acharya
• Acharya meetings
• Full time salary for the Director of Practice and Education
• Two full time practice and education staff salaries
NEW 2012: administrative support for acharyas with specialized portfolios
in Practice and Education

6. Dorje Kasung – $91,160
• Part time salary for the Kasung Kyi Khyap,
NEW 2012:Full time salary for the Executive Officer
• Miscellaneous administrative expenses.
• Kasung Land loan at Dorje Denma Ling

7. Centre and Group Support, Communications, Publicity and Information Technology – $394,500
NEW 2011: Full time salary for the Director of Centre and Group Support
• Salaries for the equivalent of 6 full time staff to develop and maintain our database, websites, Shambhala Times, and the Shambhala network, and to support our global international communications and online services
• Computers, servers and networks for Shambhala’s communications worldwide
NEW 2012: International support for Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
NEW 2012: International support for Young Sangha Development

8. Centre of the Mandala Properties – $242,300
• Halifax Court – Taxes, Insurance, Utilities, Maintenance and Mortgage payments
• Kalapa Valley

9. Finance and Development – $254,810
• Salaries for 3 full time and 3 half time staff, and fundraising expenses

10. Administrative costs – $230,445
• Legal, Insurance, Building Costs, Bank & Credit Card Processing Charges

TOTAL: $2,041,169

What the International Budget means

Our provisional international budget for 2012 amounts to approximately 10% of our mandala’s total annual turnover (involving all centres, groups and major practice centres) of $19.1 million.

Half of our annual revenue comes in the form of regular monthly income. This includes monthly donations, revenue transfers from our land and city centres and Shambhala Europe, and revenue from international programs such as Warrior Assembly, Enlightened Society Assembly, Sacred World Assembly, and so on.

The other half comes from one-time donations from all our members around the world.

In order to accommodate the increase in services mentioned in President Reoch’s recent letters and video, we hope to raise a total of $1,080,000 – a little over $300,000 more in one-time donations this year than we did last.

Nearly 60% of the annual expenses go towards personnel costs for the core staff that provides services to our world-wide mandala.

This includes the support staff for the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo, both the core staff that travels with them, allowing the Sakyong to teach as much as he does, and the individuals who work diligently to make these written and spoken teachings more accessible to the world.

The personnel expenditure also includes Shambhala’s core staff: travel expenses for our volunteer President and Chagdzö Kyi Khyap; salaries for the Executive Director and her support staff; salaries for the Dorje Kasung Kasung Kyi Khyap and Executive Officer; salaries for the Practice & Education team, the Finance team, Centre Support, and all our communications and information technology services.

We also have basic administrative costs, similar to other non-profit organizations, such as legal fees, insurance and so on, and travel and meetings for our governance leaders, who work on our behalf.

Since the Halifax Court and Kalapa Valley are Shambhala institutions, we budget for their maintenance and upkeep so that they can be available for generations to come.

Any Questions?

Any questions about our budget can be directed to the Chagdzö Kyi Khyap, Ms Connie Brock .


If you are seeking further information

We earlier sent our latest update on the mandala to every member in Shambhala. It included this update on our financial planning, which sets out our goals and the way we are approaching the strengthening of our resources:

At the beginning of this year, on Shambhala Day we said we wanted to increase the percentage of the total resources of the mandala that goes to support the Sakyong, Sakyong Wangmo and the central services we provide to centres, groups and members. We have done this with tremendous support from hundreds of you, all over the mandala. We exceeded our expectations on Shambhala and then requested a second round of funding (as announced) in the second half of the year. We came close to meeting our overall, ambitious target – but will be relying on internal loans from within the mandala to get us through to Shambhala Day 2012 in the hope that we can sustain our increased services.

In previous updates we explained that to keep pace with the Sakyong’s vision, we would be taking full advantage of the extended credit lines provided to us by our bank. Our bank, having reviewed our financial situation, has agreed to increase our lending facility from $200,000 to $480,000. As we reported earlier, this amounts to 2.74% of the total annual turnover of the mandala of between $17.5 and $18 million dollars. This increased borrowing is necessary in order to be able to invest in these new services to our centres, groups and members — which means investing in people — and building the new communication and publicity tools that will help us carry Shambhala Vision far more widely than has ever been possible.

We have conducted more than 50 interviews with some of the best financial minds in the mandala to help us start working on developing a new financial model. The goal is to stimulate the natural abundance, generosity and skilful means we need to share these precious teachings with the world, and have the resources to do that really effectively.

On Shambhala Day we said we would tackle an issue that has frustrated donors and undermined everyone’s fund-raising efforts for years: the relentless internal competition for funds. We are about to roll out a pilot project for a far more unified funding model. This would be a more comprehensive method of donating to Shambhala, so that the volume of separate requests and donations starts to go down. The modeling we have done so far suggests this would be what many people want and that it will likely be far more effective than our current, outdated and heavily competitive system. We will be announcing the roll out of the Pilot Project for this new model on Shambhala Day – a pivotal step towards making this a reality…

As we look forward to Shambhala Day this year – 22 February 2012, we are going to attempt the dream that many people have spoken of for many years — to raise the entire international budget of Shambhala in one single campaign. It will begin in February and culminate on Shambhala Day. Watch for the roll out as it starts to happen!

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About Richard Reoch

Richard Reoch was appointed by the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, as the President of Shambhala in 2002 — a position he holds to this day. He heads the Government of Shambhala and chairs the highest governing body of the mandala, the Kalapa Council. Prior to his position in Shambhala, he was the global media chief of the human rights organization, Amnesty International, and continues as a trustee of the Rainforest Foundation and Chair of the International Working Group on Sri Lanka, a network of diplomats and major agencies devoted to peace making.

4 thoughts on “2012 budget for Shambhala Day

  1. I would like to know all individual annual salaries. I like the budget overview that has been presented. It is essential yo maintain the highest level of transparency. Regarding budget request shortfall, these are really tough times for many, not the best time to request an increase since the centers are being called upon to offer more scholarships. Thank you for all your efforts. We will all carry on cheerfully in the Vision of the Great Eastern Sun., Barbara Mahon

  2. I’ll second the aforementioned comment. In the USA we’ve lost a tremendous amount of confidence in our institutions. Transparency would go a long way in easing minds and opening wallets.

  3. I just did a quick internet search and found that in the year 2000, mainline Protestant church-goers gave 2.6% of their incomes, on average, to their church, or about $17 per week. The math here indicates average income of $34,000 annually.

    It’s hard to compare us and them because so we derive so much revenue from program fees at Shambhala Centers versus donations. However, if we look at the $19 million top line for Shambhala and divide that by 8,000 members wordwide , we are looking at income per member of $45 per week. or approximately 6.8% of income assuming an average income of $34,000 per annum. In this case, we are outspending our Protestant friends by a factor of 2.6. It should be noted that (I’ve heard) about 5,000 members actively give, and the number is 3,000 who give regularly and above small amounts. This indicates that those who do participate (either in the form of program tuition or gifts) are paying more than the 6.8% of income. (Admittedly these are rough figures, but accurate enough to bear consideration, I believe).

    The message for fundraising: Give More. There is no question each individual person (with some extreme exceptions) could give more, but is that a practical solution long term if we already know that Shambhalians spend healthily to participate?

    If Give More is the solution, then how much more? If we institute a biblical style “tithe” with program credits thrown in, we may not see any more revenue than we do now.

    Could an organization that is more focused on membership growth than short term fundraising be a long term solution?

  4. Wondering, if the letter from President for Annual donation goes only to 8,000 members or all Friends and Participants of Shambhala programs? How the local centers cultivate relationship with members and friends and use them to attract new members and friends.

    Also there needs to be more robust, affordable, creative and relevant programs at the community level applicable to personal social health and well being and sangha capacity for assimilating mindfulness in innovative ways.

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