Leave a Legacy

Dharma Lamp Circle

Support San Francisco Zen Center now and in the future through a variety of giving options.

Join our Dharma Lamp Circle and leave a legacy that will help sustain and continue dharma teachings and practice for the benefit of generations to come.

Legacy gifts benefit both the donor and San Francisco Zen Center. The advantages to the donor are many—tax benefits, recognition and the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to uphold the legacy left by Suzuki Roshi. Such gifts benefit the community by providing a reliable and steady flow of income, allowing for solid investments in practice centers and programming for years to come.

San Francisco Zen Center is registered as a religious public charity. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For questions and assistance regarding leaving a legacy, please contact Shoko Hollingsworth, Development Director, at (415) 244-5753 or shoko.hollingsworth@sfzc.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is legacy giving?

Legacy giving is a term that covers all kinds of structured or deferred charitable gifts such as bequests (gifts from a person’s will), trusts and gifts of retirement benefits. These gifts benefit the three temples and the donor, while creating a legacy that will last for generations. Read more...

Appreciated Assets

The tax laws of the United States are structured so that donors are encouraged to give as generously as possible to their favorite charitable organizations. Gifts of assets that have increased in value since their purchase can bring benefits to the donor.


By including San Francisco Zen Center in their will, a donor can ensure that their generosity will continue in perpetuity. The organization is committed to the best possible use for these gifts, in fulfilling the mission to make accessible and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha, as determined by the spiritual leadership and Board of Directors.

Life Insurance

Life insurance is a very under-used asset in charitable giving yet its flexibility makes it possible for virtually anyone to make a meaningful gift.

Retirement Assets

Donors may find that gifts of retirement assets can save heirs undue tax burdens, while allowing them to accomplish their charitable objectives. Unlike when bequeathing to individual heirs, bequests of retirement plan assets to San Francisco Zen Center are not subject to income taxes on the assets. This allows donors to make a larger gift and possibly save other nontaxable assets for donation to heirs.