Giving Back

Supporting our greater community.

In 2017 Dharma Donated Over $100,000 to Nonprofits

Helping those in need is a founding tenet at Dharma.

We are totally committed to sustainable practices, partners and supporting our greater community by generously giving back where it counts. Since 2008, we have donated a percentage of our profits every year, supporting charitable organizations that serve the greater good.

We generally select nonprofit organizations from five main categories:

  1. Social change/social justice
  2. Education
  3. Environment
  4. Health and Welfare
  5. Animal Welfare

2017 Recipients

AFSP – Out of the Darkness: Walks to support suicide prevention.
Amazon Watch: Protecting the rainforest and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin.
Beyond Limits Therapeutic Riding: Therapeutic horseback riding.
California Narcotic Officers’ Association: “For better narcotic enforcement.”
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center: Education in natural and farming ecosystems.
Climate Ride: Charitable biking and hiking events to raise awareness and support sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes.
Conscious Capitalism of the Bay Area: Provides infrastructure for the development of the CCI movement on the ground in local areas.
David Brower Center: We’re a home for the environmental movement.
Drug Policy Institute: A resource and a voice for those seeking innovative solutions to the global drug problem.
East West Bookshop: Resources for conscious living with books, products and programs on spiritual traditions and insights from around the world.
Fairbanks Youth Advocates: Facilitating life transitions for at-risk youth.
Green America: Promoting ethical consumerism.
International Campaign for Tibet: Promotes human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet.
International Institute of the Bay Area: Provides high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services.
Mid City Zen: Meditation center.
Muttville: Rescue and shelter for senior dogs.
Pachamama Alliance: Advocate for indigenous rights and the rights of nature.
Ride High Foundation: Nepal earthquake relief.
San Francisco Baykeeper: Protecting the San Francisco Bay.
Sanghapala Foundation: Supporting Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, a Theravadin Buddhist monastery of the Thai Forest Tradition.
Saranaloka Foundation: Supporting Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, a training monastery for women to ordain as Buddhist nuns.
Special Olympics Northern California: Social services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation: Offering college scholarships for the surviving children of fallen Special Operations Forces.
Spirit Rock Center: Meditation center in California.
This Able Veteran: Providing trained service dogs along with an intensive Trauma Resiliency program for veterans suffering from PTSD.
Veteran’s Path: Support returning veterans in their transition home.

Top Picks from the Dharma Team

In 2014 we started something new. Each member of our team got to pick one or more recipients that was near and dear to their hearts, for a total donation of $5,000 per employee. Here are the 2016 selections:

Charity Water: Bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. (Diann’s pick)
Coalition on Homelessness: Advocacy and social justice organization that focuses on creating long-term solutions to homelessness and poverty. (Heidi’s pick)
Contemplative Outreach: A spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. (Heidi’s pick)
Girls Inc.: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. (Trace’s pick)
Kara: Compassionate grief support for children, teens, families and adults. (Nick’s pick)
Memphis Recovery Center: A non-profit providing help for adolescents and adults dealing with substance abuse problems and co-occurring mental health issues. (Nick’s pick)
Muttville: Changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and creating better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice. (Ron’s pick)
Oasis for Girls: Partnering with girls and young women of color from under-resourced communities in SF to help them cultivate the skills, knowledge, and confidence to discover their dreams and build strong futures. (Anthony’s pick)
Pesticide Action Network: Organization working to reduce the use of hazardous pesticides world wide. (Trace’s pick)
Saranaloka Foundation: Supports Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, a training monastery for women to ordain as Buddhist nuns, located in Placerville, CA (Cyndia’s pick)
SF Food Bank: Helping the hungry in the Bay area. (Anthony’s pick)
Smiles for Saige Foundation: Raising funds in order to generate more amusement and delight in the world. (Derek’s pick)
The Humane Society of the U.S.: The nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. (Diann’s pick)
The Innocence Project: Exonerating the wrongly convicted through DNA testing, and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices. (Trace’s pick)
Voices Project: Shaping and influencing culture through the training, promotion and support of leaders of color. (Heidi’s pick)

Qualifications to be considered for a year-end donation.

Organization must be a certified 501(c)3 listed on Guidestar.
Nonprofit must have a national scope of service and minimum of $500,000 in annual operating budget.
Applicants can send requests to