Financial Contributions FAQ

What is the significance of offerings in Buddhism?
How can I make financial contributions?
Are my contributions tax-deductible?
How will my contributions be used?
What is the difference between the May Commemorative Contribution Activity and the Sustaining Contribution Program?
What are SGI-USA's financial oversight practices?
How do I enroll SGI-USA in my Employer's Matching Gift Program?
Who can I contact for information on Estate Planning?
Where can I get more information?


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 teach and propagate the humanistic teachings of Buddhism, which enable all people to attain enlightenment without distinction. Making sincere offerings to support the SGI-USA, likewise, is a profoundly significant and important act, because it enables us to continue to spread the revolutionary teachings of Nichiren Buddhism in our communities and society. It is a cause that will help not only help lay the foundation for the peace and prosperity of the world, but also build our personal good fortune and happiness.

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 28th through June 3rd. 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. Click: https://portal.sgi-usa.org/portal

    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 community centers and to open or renovate new castles of kosen-rufu 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.

Please visit How Your Contributions are Making a Difference AND A Financial Overview From the CEO for more information.

What is the difference between the May Commemorative Contribution Activity and the Sustaining Contribution Program?

Two Important Ways To Contribute:

May Commemorative Contribution Activity:
For over 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 May 3rd inaugurations of President Toda and President Ikeda, and in commemoration of 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 both the contributor and for SGI-USA to plan and budget.

All contributions received by SGI-USA, whether received as part of the May Contribution activity or the Sustaining Contribution program, are used in a similar way 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 community centers and to open or renovate new facilities across the country, while setting aside a portion of these funds to invest for the future. Contributions enable us to further build and strengthen our SGI-USA network of peace, provide improved services to our members, and help us to make new friends in communities across the United States. 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 review SGI-USA's financial statements, operations and internal controls, and approve policies with respect to these areas.

Members of the Board of Directors bring a variety of professional expertise to their fiduciary responsibilities and are long-term SGI-USA members. 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 integrity and experience in 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 feel free to contact our toll-free number at 866-501-3220 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm PST) or email us at contributions@sgi-usa.org.