THE TRIDENT FUND
Supporting the Mandala for Self-realizing Beings
What is the Trident Fund and Why is it Important?
The Trident Fund is a vessel for sustaining and nurturing the activities of Jaya Kula, its teacher and students. Donors to the Trident Fund pledge to make a substantial annual contribution for three years.
The three-year pledges of Trident Fund donors give Jaya Kula the ability to plan and act on longer-term, community-building initiatives. Trident Fund donors also ensure that we are able, as a Mandala of practitioners, to skillfully respond to changing circumstances. We can take a big step, or wait for the “ripe” time to act, knowing that we have the enduring support of our community.
Trident Fund donors are the most important factor in creating the strong financial foundation we need to achieve our mission: hosting a collaborative, sustainable, supportive mandala of people who are committed to becoming living examples of the human potential to embody wisdom, skill, compassion, tenderness, devotion and spontaneity.
Major Accomplishments of the Trident Fund: 2013 – 2016
In just three years, Trident Fund donors have touched the lives and supported the sadhana of every person in our Mandala by substantially contributing to realizing the following major goals:
- Applying for and receiving our official non-profit 501(c)3 designation;
- Establishing and dramatically increasing the availability of low-income options for all workshops and discounted rates for retreats and yatras;
- Purchasing the equipment that facilitates the live-stream teachings on both the East and West Coasts;
- Making the move to our new Maine center, Matrika House;
- Paying for our first commercial rental space in Portland, Oregon
- Increasing Shambhavi’s monthly stipend so she could quit her second job;
- Hiring a part-time administrative assistant and a part-time assistant for Shambhavi;
- Making it possible for Shambhavi to travel to teach;
- Taking over Jaya Kula Press and publishing Shambhavi’s first book of poetry;
- Paying for the new Jaya Kula website;
- Establishing a health care emergency fund for Mandala members;
- Establishing an organizational reserve fund for emergencies and future special projects; and
- Training the Board of Directors to hone the skills they need to guide Jaya Kula.
Activities: Creation, Maintenance and Destruction
During the next three years, the Trident Fund will continue to support activities that sustain Jaya Kula and will also embark on funding new projects to manifest our longer-term vision.
CREATION: Accomplishing bold new projects
- Making Jaya Kula Press* an official project of Jaya Kula. (2016 – DONE!)
- Participating in the purchase of land in Maine so that we can achieve the vision laid out by Shambhavi for creating a permanent teaching space and more sustainable householder community. The Trident Fund will be absolutely critical in determining whether or not we will be able to sustain the costs of owning property.
- Making it possible for Shambhavi to undertake a longer personal retreat (2017)
- Investing in the long-term preservation and dissemination of Shambhavi’s teachings on audio and video (2018)
MAINTENANCE: Holding the crucible for teacher and students
- Contributing to rental expenses and hosting costs, East and West.
- Supporting Shambhavi to have the time to write and publish more books by employing the Webster (Assistant for all things website and Internet).
- Contributing to Shambhavi’s monthly stipend.
DESTRUCTION: Destroying obstacles to students getting teachings
- Sending Shambhavi to Portland, Oregon to teach.
- Investing in new and improved live-stream infrastructure and collaboration tools.
- Providing discounted teaching rates for lower income students attending teachings, retreats and yatras.
- Providing financial assistance with airfare for lower income students flying to Portland, Maine for teachings.
Participation in The Trident Fund
- Each contributor to the Trident Fund makes a substantial annual donation for a period of three years.
- Annual contributions are due in the fourth quarter of each year (October 1 – December 31).
- A semi-annual contribution option is available if that would make it easier for you to participate. Semi-annual contributions of half of the pledge amount are made by June 30 and December 31 of each year.
Levels of Participation
Oddiyana – $2000 or higher annually
Oddiyana is the home of dakinis, the subtle wisdom beings who transmit teachings into the human realm.
Kailash – $1000 to $1999 annually
Mt. Kailash is the Himalayan home of Lord Shiva.
Kashi – $500 to $999 annually
Kashi is the ancient name for Varanasi, Lord Shiva’s city of light.
How we thank you for being a donor to the Trident Fund
Every single member of our Mandala benefits from the generosity of Trident Fund donors. Whenever someone enjoys a live-stream teaching, is able to come to a teaching because there is a low-income option, or benefits from Shambhavi being able to devote all of her time to Jaya Kula without working a second job, they are saying “Thank you!”
However, we do honor Trident Fund donors in a few special ways.
- You will be the first to receive our annual reports detailing Jaya Kula activities and how your contribution is helping to bring the teachings to more people.
- You will be invited to an annual Trident Fund event with Shambhavi in Portland, Oregon.
- We will occasionally send you an inspiring and funny gift!
Please join us in stepping up to the next level of serving our community, our teacher and everyone. You can start right now!
To join the Trident Fund, please contact Santosha Beber, our Board member in charge of the Trident Fund. Santosha will answer your questions and concerns and can set up a face-to-face meeting with you.
To join the Trident Fund, your donation must be $500 or above. If you want to give a one-time, or smaller donation, please visit our Giving page. THANK YOU!