Donate and Participate

Participation Ethos

The knowledge imparted at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, being the knowledge of the Rishis, is sacred. And Vedanta being the knowledge that solves the human problem, it frees an individual from samsara, a life of becoming.

Accordingly, one cannot put a price on it, and this is the reason that there are no fees for Vedanta classes at the Gurukulam. There are also no other conditions for access to the knowledge. It is available for anyone who is interested—for the asking.

Those who have a value for this knowledge, and those who have benefitted from it, are naturally inclined to ensure that it continues to flow, which includes preserving the Gurukulam, the infrastructure that supports it.

Thus, the Gurukulam has been developed and is being supported almost entirely by the donations of these people who have imbibed the spirit of loka-anugraha, furthering the welfare of the people. Most of the expenses of running the Gurukulam are paid for by generous contributions and Gurudakshina, offerings to the teachers at the conclusion of courses.

And the entire campus with all its facilities, including the new lecture hall complex, was developed because of the contributions of people who benefited from teaching.   

There are nominal fees as required by IRS regulations for course registrations and lodging, which help offset the operating expenses of the Gurukulam.

Be a Volunteer

The flourishing of the Gurukulam is due in large part to the dedicated help of many volunteers. If you would like to contribute your time and/or skill in the following areas, please contact suddhatma@gmail.com

  • Children’s Program
  • Bookstore
  • General Office Work
  • Library
  • Fundraising
  • Media Archiving
  • Photo Digitization Project
  • Publications
  • Kitchen
  • Grounds
  • Maintenance
  • New Year’s Day Abhisekham Sponsorship
  • Phone
  • Tree
  • Anniversary Function

Types of Donation

Patron Membership

To cover annual operating expenses, including meals, utilities, and maintenance, the Gurukulam requires funds equivalent to at least four Gift For a Day (GFD) sponsorships every day. In order to secure a committed source of these funds, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam offers a Family Patron Membership program. Participating families in the Patron membership program make an annual pledge of $2000 (which equals four GFD sponsorships).

Just as in the GFD program, participating families in the Patron membership program can choose any four days during the year to have abhisekam performed to Lord Dakshinamurti. If the family cannot be present, the prasadam will be sent to them. The names of patrons will be acknowledged at the Gurukulam. Patron Membership gifts are tax-deductible.

As a token of appreciation for their contribution, the Gurukulam offers to patrons complimentary Bhagavadgita Home Study Course material and attendance at one of the annual Patron’s Day Retreats.

To participate in the Patron Membership program, click on below donation button or contact suddhatma@gmail.com or shubhaganga@gmail.com or call 570.992.2339 ext. 1-241.

Gift for a Day

The Gift for a Day Program (GFD) provides the Gurukulam with vital ongoing support. Your gift of $500 for the day of your choice helps to cover a part of that day’s operating expenses, including meals, utilities, and maintenance.

You can choose one or more special days, such as a Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, Memorial (shraddham), or a Religious Holiday.

On the day(s) you have chosen, an Abhisekam will be performed to Lord Dakshinamurti. If you cannot be present, the prasadam will be sent to you. Your participation in this program will be acknowledged at the Gurukulam and in its newsletter. Gift For Day donations is tax-deductible.

To participate in the Gift for a Day Program, click on below donation button or contact shubhaganga@gmail.com or write the Gurukulam with the details of the dates and the occasion along with your gift.

Endowment Fund

Pujya Swamiji established an endowment fund in (year?) for the operating expenses of the Gurukulam. Because of Swamiji’s foresight and the generosity of people who value the programs offered, this fund safeguards the availability of this knowledge for generations to come.

Capital Donation

The development of the Gurukulam facilities has been ongoing since the beginning, due to growing participation in the Gurukulam programs. With the recent completion of the new lecture hall and kitchen-dining complex, the facility is complete. As more and more people discover the blessings of the teachings imparted by our Acharyas, the need for expansion of the facilities will continue. The Capital Fund ensures that this need can be met in a timely manner. 

Additional Donation Opportunities

General Donation

Besides the Gift for a Day and Family Patron Membership programs, the Gurukulam depends on General Donations to meet its annual operating expenses. General donations are also tax-deductible and are deeply appreciated by the Gurukulam.

General Donation Form

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Donation Total: $2,000.00 One Time

Matching Gifts
Any gift you give to the Gurukulam in terms of Gift For a Day, Patron Membership, or General Donations can bring additional benefits to the Gurukulam through matching donations made by your company. Please check with your company to see if it has a Matching Gift program. If you need information on companies that already provide matching gifts to the Gurukulam or if you need supporting documents to encourage your company to include the Gurukulam on its list, please contact suddhatma@gmail.com.

Gifts of Life Insurance, Stocks & Bonds, and Property

There are many ways of using Gifts of Life Insurance such as donating a paid-up policy, donating a policy that is not yet paid-up and undertaking to pay the premium, or taking out a new policy. In all these modes of giving, you would name Arsha Vidya Gurukulam as the beneficiary and owner of the policy.

Appreciated stocks and bonds can also be donated to the Gurukulam.

Both the Gifts of Life Insurance and Gifts of Stocks & Bonds offer tax advantages. The staff at the Fund Raising Office at the Gurukulam would be pleased to work with you and/or your advisor in assisting you with your Gifts of Life Insurance & Stocks and Bonds. Please contact avpoffice@gmail.com or call 570.992.2339 ext. 1-217.

Gifts of Property

The Gurukulam can benefit from receiving Gifts of Property such as:

  • Real estate
  • Automobiles in working condition manufactured within the past 8 years or with mileage less than 100,000.
  • Computer hardware – PCs (In working condition with Window 10 or better s/w)
  • Computer software – Latest editions of office, publishing, and graphics ware Maintenance Equipment

Gifts of Property items may also be tax-deductible for the fair market value of the property. The Fund Raising Office at the Gurukulam would be pleased to assist you in your Gifts of Property. If you have any Gifts of Property to donate to the Gurukulam, please contact suddhatma@gmail.com.

Anniversary Souvenir Page Sponsorship or Advertisement

We thank all of you who have supported the Gurukulam over these years and invite you again to support this year’s souvenir fund-raising effort.

The anniversary souvenir contains articles on Vedanta by Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda, Sri Swami Viditatmananda and Sri Swami Tattvavidananda.

Sponsorships and advertisements in the souvenir underwrite the expenses of the anniversary celebration and are vital fund-raising sources for the Gurukulam.

Sponsorship is a tax-deductible contribution that directly supports the production of the souvenir booklet. At the bottom of a page of text, the sponsor(s) of that page are given credit for their support. You may sponsor a full, half, quarter, or eighth page.

You may advertise your business or offer a message from your family or study group. We use your camera-ready ad or design with your information. Advertisements are not tax-deductible.