The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford has helped to establish the university as a leading center for the study of Buddhism, but much remains to be done to develop Stanford’s resources to their full potential. HCBSS actively seeks community and foundation contributions to this development. If you or your oganization would like to support Buddhist Studies at Stanford and the academic and public programs of HCBSS, please consider a gift.
Contributions to HCBSS may take the form of one-time expendable gifts, annual pledges, or endowments. Endowment gifts provide naming opportunities for specific programs. Matching funds may be available for certain types of endowment gift through the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Contributions to HCBSS may range from general support for Buddhist Studies at Stanford to sponsorship of particular activities and programs. HCBSS is currently seeking support in particular for the following targets.
An endowed professorship is a high academic honor bestowed upon distinguished scholars. Endowed professorships in Buddhist Studies expand the university's senior faculty and course offerings in the field and ensure that Buddhism is always taught at Stanford. Gifts for a professorship provide the opportunity to name the endowed chair.
Graduate students represent the next generation of scholars, who will advance research and train future students in Buddhist studies. Endowed doctoral fellowships enable the university to attract the most promising students to our Buddhist Studies program and ensure that funding will always be available for the advanced study of Buddhism at Stanford. Endowment gifts provide a naming opportunity and may qualify for matching funds from the Hewlett Challenge.
Dissertation fellowships provide support for doctoral students in the final year of the program, during which they complete the writing and defense of the thesis. Endowed dissertation fellowships free doctoral students from the need for employment, thus ensuring that they can devote full time to their studies.
Postdoctoral fellowship appointments enable young scholars to pursue one or more years of research and teaching before embarking on a professorial career. Endowed postdoctoral fellowships enable the university to support new scholarship while expanding its curriculum in Buddhist Studies and enlivening its community of scholars.
HCBSS event programs supplement the Buddhist Studies curriculum by bringing visitors from around the world to Stanford for academic and public events, including lectures and colloquia, workshops and seminars, symposia and conferences.
Planning a gift
If you are considering a gift to HCBSS, we encourage you to consult with us. The staff can assist you in defining the gift's purposes and can introduce you to officers of the School of Humanities and Sciences for advice on terms and conditions. Contact Executive Director Dr. Irene Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 736-1301.
How to give
Smaller contributions of expendable funds may be made by check directly to HCBSS:
Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
450 Jane Stanford Way
Building 70, Room 71F
Stanford, CA 94305-2165
Attn: Irene Lin
Larger contributions of expendable funds, annual pledges, and endowment gifts should be made to the School of Humanities and Sciences, designated for the HCBSS gift target.
Ways to Give
Check payable to "Stanford University." Include a letter of intent designating the gift for the "Ho Center for Buddhist Studies" and indicating any desired target of the gift.
P.O. BOX 20466
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: Credit card contributions may be made by calling Stanford's Office of Development, at 866-543-0243 (international: call 650-724-0627).
Online: Stanford's Office of Development provides an online form for credit card gifts to the university. To designate HCBSS as the recipient, choose "School of Humanities and Sciences," then "Dept or Program," and specify "Ho Center for Buddhist Studies" under Special Instructions.
Stanford links for information on giving: