From the Executive Director:
Many Ways to Support Northwest Dharma

Written by: George Draffan

For more than 25 years, the Northwest Dharma Association has supported Buddhist teachings and community. More than 100 people have served on the board of directors, each bringing their own experience and insight and energy. Many more volunteers have answered the mail, responded to phone calls, written and edited and produced the Northwest Dharma News, built and maintained a complex website, and organized community events.

NW Dharma Association Executive Director George Draffan

NW Dharma Association Executive Director George Draffan

As the dharma plants deep roots in North America, it has drawn from the rich variety of Buddhist traditions. As the dharma flourishes in all its diversity, the work of the association has also grown.

Reflecting ancient Buddhist traditions, we rely on the goodwill, generosity and collective wisdom of our member groups, and of the community of practitioners and volunteers.

To be a sustainable, reliable umbrella of support for the region’s Buddhist communities, we need your sustained support.

The Northwest Dharma News, the website, and our other programs are freely available to all, but it takes resources and labor to make these happen.

Membership in NWDA is available to every Buddhist group in the region, but we need regular contributions from our members to sustain our work.

Our growth and the need for adequate funding means we are beginning to invite major donors and foundations to support the association’s work. But we will always be a regional, community-based organization.

We rely on you — our readers, our member groups, and our generous supporters — who wish to see the dharma truly flourish, and be of service to all sanghas and all beings.

Donations of any size, one-time or recurring, can be made here:

Information about other ways of giving, including bequests and gifts of stock, can be found here:

About the Author: George Draffan
George Draffan is a Seattle-based Buddhist practitioner, who teaches Buddhist meditation and Taoist energy practices. A long-time volunteer for the Northwest Dharma Association, he previously served as president from 2001 to 2005.