Financial Contributions FAQ

What is the significance of offerings in Buddhism?
How can I make financial contributions?
How will my contributions be used?
What is the difference between May Contribution and Sustaining Contribution?
What are SGI-USA's financial oversight practices?

For more Information: Contact our toll-free number at 866-501-3220 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm PST) or email us at contributions@sgi-usa.org.

What is the significance of offerings in Buddhism?

Many of the letters Nichiren Daishonin wrote to his believers begin with expressions of gratitude for their sincere offerings. He praises them for their support of his activities to share the humanistic teachings of Buddhism. Making sincere offerings to further the work of the SGI-USA is also a profoundly significant and important act, because it supports the activities of SGI-USA members and our efforts to share the values and practice of Nichiren Buddhism in our communities. It is a cause to help to build a more peaceful world, in which every personís life is viewed as precious, while increasing our own happiness and good fortune as well.

As Nichiren Daishonin writes:

Still greater are the benefits arising from ten or twenty contributions, or from five years, ten years, or a lifetime of contributions. They are even beyond the measure of the Buddha's wisdom...When one encounters this sutra, one will overflow with happiness and shed tears of joy. It seems impossible to repay one's debt to Shakyamuni. But by your frequent offerings to me deep in this mountain you will repay the merciful kindness of both the Lotus Sutra and Shakyamuni Buddha. (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, pp. 1026–27)


If you would like to learn more about the spirit of contributions, please go to Encouragement/Study Resources.

How can I make financial contributions?

SGI-USA provides various opportunities to make contributions. Participation is entirely voluntary.

Contributions can be made during the May Commemorative Contribution activity from April 26th through June 1st. Members may choose to make contributions during this time to commemorate both the founding of Nichiren Buddhism, on April 28, and Soka Gakkai Day, on May 3.

Sustaining contributions can be made in monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or once-yearly installments.

General contributions can be made online at https://portal.sgi-usa.org/portal, or any time you visit your local SGI-USA community/activity center.

Financial contributions can be made in these ways:

  • In person: Cash, Check, Money Order
  • By mail: Check, Money Order, Credit Card
  • Online: Credit Card, Debit Card. Click: https://portal.sgi-usa.org/portal
  • Regarding Gifts of Stock: Please Call: 866-501-3220 855-SGI-2030 / 855-744-2030 M-F, 9am-5pm PST or Email: contributions@sgi-usa.org for more information.


  • Please make checks payable to SGI-USA. Thank you!

    Mailing Address:
    West Territory
    SGI-USA
    606 Wilshire Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Attn: Accounting

    Central Territory
    SGI-USA Central Territory Office
    C/O Chicago Culture Center
    1455 S. Wabash Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60605-9430

    East Territory
    SGI-USA
    New York Culture Center
    7 East 15th Street
    New York, NY 10211-0456


Are my contributions tax-deductible?

Yes. The Soka Gakkai International-USA is a nonprofit organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and listed in IRS Publication 78. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

How will my contributions be used?

The SGI-USA is an independent, religious nonprofit organization. For that reason, the contributions we receive from members and friends are vital to support our kosen-rufu activities. They allow us to operate and staff our current centers and to open or renovate new Buddhist Centers across the country while setting aside a portion of these funds to invest for the future. In the past few years, your contributions have enabled us to further build and strengthen our SGI-USA network of peace, provide improved services and support to our members, and helped us to make new friends in communities across the United States.

For more detailed information about how contributions are utilized, please click on the following:
A Financial Overview from the CFO
How Your Contributions Are Making a Difference

What is the difference between May Contribution and Sustaining Contribution?

Two Important Ways To Contribute:

May Commemorative Contribution Activity:
For more than two decades, SGI-USA members have used this historically significant time of year to challenge their limitations and transform their lives by making a special offering in honor of the Soka Gakkai's May 3rd inaugurations of presidents Toda (1951) and Ikeda (1960), and to commemorate April 28, 1253, the day Nichiren Daishonin first chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

Sustaining Contribution:
SGI-USA's Sustaining Contribution program offers a way for individuals to support SGI-USA's kosen-rufu movement with one or more scheduled payments over the course of the year, making it helpful for the contributor and for SGI-USA to plan for the future.

All contributions received by SGI-USA, whether received as part of the May Contribution activity or the Sustaining Contribution program, are used to support the faith and practice of SGI-USA members and provide vital support to advance kosen-rufu. Contributions allow us to operate and staff our current centers and to open and/or renovate facilities across the country, while setting aside a portion of these funds to invest for the sake of the future. Contributions enable us to further build and strengthen our SGI-USA network of peace and provide improved services to our members. For more detailed information, please visit our website at SGI-USA.org/Financial Contributions.

What are SGI-USA's financial oversight practices?

The SGI-USA's nonprofit corporation's Board of Directors reviews SGI-USA's financial statements, operations and internal controls, and approves policies with respect to these areas.

The Board of Directors comprises long-term SGI-USA members who bring a variety of professional expertise to their fiduciary responsibilities. Directors receive no compensation for their service on the Board. (Please visit the Board of Directors page for more information on individual Board Members.)

In addition, an independent audit of SGI-USA's business affairs is conducted annually to test compliance with restrictions and intent of members' donations. Moss-Adams LLP, a leading accounting and auditing firm with a sterling reputation for auditing not-for-profit organizations, currently serves as the auditor of the SGI-USA.

Where can I get more information?

If you have any further questions, please call our toll-free number at 866-501-3220 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm PST) or email us at contributions@sgi-usa.org.