Your donations to the Annual Fund directly support DRBU’s educational operations. Gifts go to support academic programs, enrich student life, and meet pressing needs and core priorities of the University. For the 2023-24 academic year, our fundraising goal is $1,200,000 USD.

What Does Your Donation to the Annual Fund Support?

  • Students: Gifts support academic programs, enrich student life, and meet pressing needs. The fund covers a range of budget items both in and outside the classroom.
  • Faculty: DRBU faculty agree to work for a fraction of what they could earn elsewhere. Faculty salaries nevertheless remain one of the largest line items on the DRBU annual budget. By investing in DRBU’s faculty, you help define the University’s spirit, advance scholarship, and attract additional high-quality hires.
  • Building and Renovating the Campus: DRBU is carrying out major renovation and construction activities on its campus at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB). Once completed, the projects will add critically needed classroom, office, library, meditation, and meeting space, as well as introduce aesthetic focal points to the campus.
  • Sustaining and Growing DRBU: DRBU is juggling two major tasks: providing a high-quality education to existing students and planning for significant expansion of its student body, faculty, and campus facilities. In short, the University must give full energy to the present while keeping an eye on the future.

Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you happen to work for an employer that offers gift matching, we encourage you to use it to double or even triple your gift. You can now find DRBU on Benevity, a gift-matching platform that many employers use. If you have any questions regarding how to support DRBU, please contact us at

Ways to Make a Gift

Make a Gift Online

Visit our online portal to make a one-time or recurring donation to DRBU.

Gifts by Mail

Please send a check or money order (payable to “DRBU” with the memo “Donation”) to the address below:

Dharma Realm Buddhist University
Attn: Office of Development
1991 Virtue Way
Ukiah, California, 95482

Gifts by Wire Transfer

Please contact the Office of Development at

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

This type of giving program offers immediate, highly favorable tax benefits as well as a flexible way to support DRBU and your other favorite charities in the years to come.

Employer Matching Gifts

Double or even triple your gift to DRBU. Ask your employer whether it’s one of the many companies that match gifts made to nonprofit organizations. Some offer this benefit even after an employee retires. Contact your human resources office to find out more and to obtain the proper gift-matching forms.

IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are age 70 1/2 or older, you can make tax-free gifts from a traditional IRA account directly to DRBU, up to a maximum of $100,000. This can help you satisfy your minimum required distribution. For more information, please consult your financial adviser. If you’d prefer your IRA administrator to use wire transfer or direct deposit instead of sending a check, please contact the Office of Development at (707) 621-7000 ext.1 or for routing details.

Create Your Own Named Contribution

Please email us at if you are interested in creating a Named Scholarship, or contributing to the Campus Renewal and Renovation Fund, or our Endowment Fund.