Contributions: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the significance of making financial offerings in Buddhism?
How can I make financial contributions?
How will my contributions be used?
Are my contributions tax deductible?
Where can I get more information?
How do I enroll SGI-USA in my Employer's Matching Gift Program?

What is the significance of making financial offerings in Buddhism?

Many of the letters Nichiren Daishonin wrote to his believers begin with expressions of gratitude for their sincere offerings. He praises them for their support of his activities to share the humanistic teachings of Buddhism. Because SGI-USA is an organization that promotes Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism, making sincere offerings to support SGI-USA is a profoundly significant and important act. These offerings support the activities of SGI-USA members and efforts to share the values and practice of Nichiren Buddhism in communities across the country. Making financial contributions is a cause to help to lay the foundation for a more peaceful world while increasing each contributor's own happiness and good fortune.

As Nichiren Daishonin writes:

Still greater are the benefits arising from ten or twenty contributions, or from five years, ten years, or a lifetime of contributions. They are even beyond the measure of the Buddha's wisdom...When one encounters this sutra, one will overflow with happiness and shed tears of joy. It seems impossible to repay one's debt to Shakyamuni. But by your frequent offerings to me deep in this mountain you will repay the merciful kindness of both the Lotus Sutra and Shakyamuni Buddha. (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 1026–27)

If you would like to learn more about the spirit of contributions, please go to Study Materials.

How can I make financial contributions?

SGI-USA provides various opportunities to make contributions. Participation is entirely voluntarily.

  • Sustaining Contributions. Contributors can enroll online, by phone or by using the brochure to set up automatic credit or debit card deductions scheduled to be made in monthly or quarterly installments. Individuals can also mail checks to:   SGI-USA Plaza, 606 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401.
  • May Commemorative Contributions can be made from April 28th through June 4th. Members may choose to make contributions during this time to commemorate both the founding of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism, April 28th, and Soka Gakkai Day, May 3rd.
  • General contributions can be made by mail or online at https://portal.sgi-usa.org/portal or any time you visit your local SGI-USA Buddhist center.

Financial contributions can be made in these ways:

  • In person: Cash, Check, Money Order
  • By mail: Check, Money Order, Credit Card
  • Online: Credit Card, Debit Card. Click: https://portal.sgi-usa.org
  • Gifts of Stock: Please Call: 855-SGI-2030 / 855-744-2030 M-F, 9am-5pm PST or Email: contributions@sgi-usa.org for more information.

    Please make checks payable to SGI-USA. Thank you!

Contribution Mailing Address by Territory:

East, Central & West Territory Mailing Address
SGI-USA
606 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Attn: Accounting

All contributions are tax deductible, as allowed by law.

How will my contributions be used?

The SGI-USA is an independent, religious non-profit organization. For that reason, the contributions we receive from members and friends are vital to support our kosen-rufu activities. They allow us to operate and staff our current centers and to open or renovate new Buddhist Centers across the country while setting aside a portion of these funds to invest for the future. In the past few years, your contributions have enabled us to further build and strengthen our SGI-USA network of peace, provide improved services and support to our members, and helped us to make new friends in communities across the United States.

For more detailed information about how contributions are utilized, please click on the following: 


Are my contributions tax deductible?

Yes. The Soka Gakkai International-USA is a religious, non-profit organization, recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, all contributions are tax-deductible, as allowed by law.

Where can I get more information?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our toll-free number at 855-SGI-2030 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm PST) or email us at contributions@sgi-usa.org.

How do I enroll SGI-USA in my Employer's Matching Gift Program?

Some companies offer Matching Gift Programs which may match or even double your contribution to SGI-USA.  Ask your employer if your company has a Matching Gift program.

Click here to view a list of some companies with matching gift programs.

Please note:  SGI-USA is registered as a 501(c)3, "charitable", non-profit organization with the Internal Revenue Service.

Every corporation has its own forms and procedures to enroll in its corporate matching gift program. It may have specific guidelines about the types of organizations that will qualify for a matching gift. Therefore, please check with your Benefits or Human Resources Department. If your employer requires a contact at SGI-USA for the registration process, please provide the following information:

Adin Strauss 
Chief Financial Officer
Soka Gakkai International-USA
606 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

For more information, please email us at contributions@sgi-usa.org or call us toll-free at 855-SGI-2030.

Thank you very much.