Annual Report 2019
Caring for the heartbeat of the organization
We prioritized streamlining our processes, taking care of our planet, and creating a culture of collaboration. We rejoice in all of these highlights and so much more!
When we add up all our practice together, it’s amazing to see how our impact grows.
Our Wise Heart Youth Programs continue to be a great success in bringing Dharma to younger generations!
These retreats covered mindfulness, mind training, compassion cultivation, concentration, stages of the path to enlightenment, nature of mind, cultivating emotional balance, Buddhist tantra, and Mahamudra.
This is the equivalent of 132 individuals doing a week-long private retreat.
Practitioners in our group and private retreats help to imbue this land with their dedicated practice.
We helped many beings experience 106,320 hours in the beautiful redwood forest.
Here are some of the many special beings who helped serve the center and make the magic happen in 2019. With deepest bows to you!
“Something deeply healing happens when I am able to slow down and connect with the elements of nature and the sanity of mind. I feel grateful to take this healthiness back into the world for others.”Jenny H. Sharing from experience in Private Retreat
“Vajrapani is my happy place. It grounds me, inspires me, and I always learn new tools that help me to be a better human.” Mario C. sharing from experience on Cultivating Emotional Balance retreat
“One of the most transformative and meaningful experiences of my adult life!”Rebecca O. sharing from experience on New Year Vajrasattva Purification retreat
“Gratitude does not begin to express how I feel after spending a week on solo retreat here. More like ‘awe’. Everywhere I looked, every detail, from the cabin arrangement to meal delivery service, I saw signs of love and support for my practice. Not a thing overlooked anything.” Alex sharing from experience on Private Retreat
“Deeply peaceful. grounding, and restorative. Stepping away from the hecticness of daily life into something deeper.” Laura L. sharing from experience on Private Retreat
“You (Vajrapani) have the spirit of Lama.” Adele H. in response to a monthly Vajrapani newsletter
The Executive Director is responsible for managing and supervising the finances of Vajrapani Institute, as directed by its Board of Directors.
During 2019, Vajrapani Institute invested $72,670 in building, infrastructure, and land improvements and $142,083 in the continuation of the Prayer Wheel project.
Board Designated Net Assets at December 31, 2019 consist of an operating reserve fund ($220,627) and general funds designated for the Prayer Wheel Project ($261,105). Net Assets with donor restrictions at December 31, 2019 consist of donor restricted funds for the Wisdom Culture Legacy Fund ($50,363).
Support, Revenue, and Expenses
Vajrapani Institute receives revenue and support primarily through donor contributions and retreat revenue. Retreat revenue consists of FPMT retreats, individual private retreats, and group facility rentals. For the year ended December 31, 2019, total revenue and support was $1,287,569, consisting of retreat revenue of $522,957, donor contributions of $724,176, and other support of $40,436.
For the year ended December 31, 2019, total operating expenses were $672,525, other expenses, net were $92,889, resulting in an increase in net assets of $522,155.