Each year, we run several door-to-door fundraising appeals. Our volunteers fundraise in a city for six weeks, giving people they meet the chance to learn more about Karuna’s work in India and Nepal. If they feel moved, they will be asked to support with a regular gift.
Unlike other charities, Karuna’s fundraising approach is motivated by Buddhist ethics. We do not pressure people into giving. Instead, we give time and space to people, allowing them to make a considered, conscious choice to donate.
During an appeal, our volunteers live in shared accomodation, eating and meditating together 5 days a week and receiving training from professional fundraising team leaders. The structure and atmosphere of an Appeal is a combination of Team-Based Right Livelihood, community living and retreat conditions with a programme of practice underpinned by a Buddhist perspective.
What happens on an Appeal?
In the summer of 2014, a team of women spent six weeks knocking on doors in Manchester, UK to raise money for Karuna, helping some of the poorest people in India and Nepal.
By working with their own obstacles to better develop openness and responsivity, they were able to encourage hundreds of new donors to give regularly to Karuna, creating benefit for thousands of people in South Asia – all while changing themselves in a positive way in the process.
If you don’t feel you are able to give this level of commitment at this time then maybe you would consider volunteering for one of Telephone Appeals?
Find out about the financial support we offer and other frequently asked questions.
This has been the most significant developmental experience since my ordination 27 years ago! I’ve experienced interconnectedness like never before.– rupacitta
Stories From the Doors
Residential Appeal Dates
23rd June – 6th August, London
8th Sept – 22nd Oct, London
Why I love appeals. I love the appeals simply because it connects me to where I come from and it pushes me to think how I can be an agent for social change in the world. Doing appeals have changed me so much last few years than anything else.
Favourite Project: Karuna Hostels
Next to my village in India, there is a hostel for disadvantaged children which I have seen in action since I was a boy. It was one of the first places that I realised how much you can truly help others. Whenever I visit this project, I feel tremendous gratitude and love for Karuna.
Why I Love Karuna Appeals. I love witnessing people go through the journey of authentically meeting themselves in relationship to others and allowing themselves to be transformed by this. When the gap between self and other is lessened anything is possible! Appeals create perfect conditions to transform self and World.
Favourite Project: The Pardhi Hostel
I remember meeting some of the people who ran the hostel. Hearing their stories of discrimination moved me deeply. This community have experienced generations of extreme prejudice; deemed “criminals” from birth, they live with daily caste injustice. To know that Karuna help provide these children a safe and holistic educational environment to help break the cycle of extreme poverty and disempowerment helps me feel that the work I do makes a real difference. The project leaders had such a passion and fire for their work, it was inspiring!
Would you like to speak to us about doing an appeal?
THE NUTS & BOLTS
All the essential need to know information
Karuna provides a realistic support package to residents of the UK and Ireland. This is designed to cover your basic living expenditure. We also offer a similar support package to overseas volunteers.
UK AND IRELAND PACKAGE
Up to £250 per week to cover rent and bills whilst on the appeal.
On completion of the appeal, we offer a 7-day retreat allowance (up to £250) for use in any Triratna retreat centre.
If your question is not answered here, please get in touch.