AIDS/LifeCycle, supporting the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGTB Center in battling AIDS and caring for those who are HIV infected
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, enhancing the quality of life for burn survivors and promoting burn prevention education
Becoming Independent, supporting individuals with developmental disabilities to become valuable and successful employees in the community
Ceres Community Project, creating health for people, communities, and the planet through love, healing food and empowering the next generation
Community Matters, waking up the courage of students and adults to create schools that are safe, welcoming, and inclusive
FISH of Santa Rosa, offering a caring bridge, keeping families from living in hunger and without shelter
Mentor Me, empowering youth in need to achieve their highest potential by matching them with an adult mentor
Redwood Credit Union Wild Fire Relief, supporting fire relief efforts and the victims of the 2016 Lake County fire
Santa Rosa Children's Chorus, helping musically oriented boys and girls experience the challenges, training, and the joy of belonging to a chorus of performing excellence
Sloan House Women’s Shelter, providing a home and six-month broad-scope program in Santa Rosa for women to create a better life
The Living Room, Sonoma County’s only daytime drop-in center for homeless and at-risk of being homeless women and children
Villages in Partnership, creating partnerships with people in villages in Malawi, Africa to bring about life-changing development for both sides of the partnership
Nonprofit Partner Program of the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
The Nonprofit Partner Program is an outreach program of the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa. Each year since 2004 twelve nonprofit partners have been selected from nominations submitted byindividuals in our Spiritual Communitywho are either associated with a nonprofit or have benefited from the services of a nonprofit. Nonprofits may not nominate themselves. Nominations are received in the fall of each year.
A committee meets to review the nominations, vet them to make sure they have a nonprofit tax ID number, and to ensure that the mission of the nonprofit is harmonious with the values and teachings of the Center for Spiritual Living. From the nominations, twelve are selected, and each nonprofit is assigned a month of the year. During their assigned month, representatives of the nonprofit are invited to make a 2-minute presentation during all three of our Sunday morning services, and also to staff a table in our Social Hall with information about their work and volunteer opportunities.
Each month, the Center for Spiritual Living sends a check to each of our 12 nonprofit partners. One-quarter of our annual 10% tithe money is set aside for ourNonprofit Partner Program.
The benefits of the program include connecting the individual givers of our community with programs in theworld that resonate with our Center’s teaching, as well as continuing education for our community about ongoing good work being done in the world, and the opportunities to volunteer for these organizations. Rather than duplicate the workalready conducted by these organizations, we align ourselves with them and support their efforts in the world.
The Nonprofit Program selection process is not compelled by need, but by resonance with the teaching of our Center. In other words, we do not select organizations because they are underfunded, but because they are doing work in the world that leads to individual empowerment, expressions of compassion,sharing of resources where needed, the support of art and aesthetics, as well as other ideals expressed in the Global Vision of Centers for Spiritual Living.
Our nonprofit partners become a second family to us. We are connected spiritually with others who are doing good work in the world. We are truly living our principle of circulation and know this when our partners testify to the work they do as a result of our contributions. We are deeply grateful to our wonderful community for supporting our center and these wonderful organizations.
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Of the contributions we receive, the vast majority come from people who share their annual giving plan by completing a Giving Intention Card.
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The monthly themes for 2014 are also the titles of the recommended companion books. They are listed below along with the monthly affirmations.
January 2014 - The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer
Whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are true, and whatsoever things are lovely, I think on these things, so that they grow and increase in my own Life.
February 2014 - The Power of Meditation by Edward Viljoen
The real me, the inward “I,” is an inseparable part of the Whole. It is through my recognition of this that the outer becomes as the inner and my wholeness is revealed.
March 2014 - The Power of You by Chris Michaels
I consciously take my place as the creator of my own world. I am the guardian of my own fate. I cooperate with Spirit in letting the ideas of wholeness flow through me with joyful expectancy.
April 2014 - The Healing Power of Humor by Allen Klein
I am conscious of the Spirit of Joy within me. I contemplate Its eternal being within me and I grow in likeness of Its beautiful expression.
May 2014 - The Power of Awareness by Neville Goddard
I abandon myself to the realization of my unity with the Whole. I identify my mind with the spirit of Wholeness. I am aware of my unity with all that is.
June 2014 - The Power of Forgiveness
I live in the spirit of that which I wish to become. I focus on my spiritual heritage. I feel myself to be whole, happy, and well.
July 2014 - The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci
I rejoice that kindness is my true nature and that my experiences in life reflect this nature more and more each day.
August 2014 - The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
I perceive the good which is in my own consciousness. I rejoice at this perception. I dwell upon it in my mind, for I know that this is the way to increase my awareness of good.
September 2014 - The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
I am in harmony with this present moment. The One Life expresses Itself through me. I am at peace here and now.
October 2014 - The Power of Personal Storytelling by Jack Maguire
Spirit is flowing through me in a unique and creative way. The Original Artist is doing something new through me every day. I do not imitate others. I celebrate my individuality.
November 2014 - The Power of Receiving by Amanda Owen
I am one with the infinite and perfect Spirit. I open my body, mind, and soul to the inflow of this Divine Presence. My life is an expression of this Spirit.
December 2014 - The Power of Giving by Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon
I accept the fullness of life. My days are filled with opportunities to share my joy. I am alive with the power of giving.
Last Updated: Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:51
Here’s how we’ve done for 2013:
• Goal: to receive Giving Plan Cards totaling $825,000 in Regular Contributions. We received $791,660.
• Goal: to receive Giving Plan Cards totaling $60,000 for our Renovation Fund to continue the ongoing renewal of our spiritual home. We received $66,580.
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The Giving Intention Team selected the following 12 nonprofit organizations from nominations submitted by people from our Center who are either closely connected to the agencies or who have benefited from their services.
Bal Ashram, a safe home in Varanasi, India, for orphaned and abandoned children; aspires to raise heart-centered citizens with a sense of responsibility for themselves and the global community
CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates, trained volunteers, appointed by judges, who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
Children’s Village of Sonoma County, providing a safe, stable, nurturing home for siblings who are foster children—rather than splitting them up—in a home life that will not be terminated.
Earle Baum Center, a regional center serving people with sight loss from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border; focuses on independent living skills, orientation and mobility, and assistive technology services.
Food for Thought, a grassroots organization dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Sonoma County.
Khmer Child Foundation, empowering the lives of Cambodian children through education and quality of life assistance, ongoing fresh water wells projects, medical/hygiene assistance, and agricultural and life skills training.
The Launching Pad, a unique young adult ministry in Berkeley offering classes and workshops on Science of Mind principles with a leadership team comprised of young adults under the direction of Rev. Linda Reppond.
Mary Isaak Center, an emergency shelter, whose goal is to eliminate homelessness in our community; 30% of the participants leaving the shelter go into permanent housing.
PDI Surgery Center, the only nonprofit pediatric dental surgery center in the United States, providing a vital resource for children in urgent need of dental surgery in and beyond the North Bay.
Positive Images, providing support and advocacy to Sonoma County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth and young adults, and educating the greater community.
Russian River Empowerment Center, a mental health and wellness drop-in center that provides a safe and supportive haven for those who want to transcend serious and persistent mental illness.
WillMar Family Grief and Healing Center, providing support for children and teens dealing with the loss of loved ones or living with a family member suffering from a life-changing illness or injury.
Last Updated: Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:40