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Planned Giving

Creating a sustainable future for our community.

Legacy Gifts

You can support Great Tree's future  by including us in your estate planning. Giving in this way leaves a wonderful and valuable legacy for future generations, and helps Great Tree develop a foundation for sustainable programs for years to come. It’s easier than you think, and may also provide excellent benefits for you and/or your family at tax time.


Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to leave a legacy for Great Tree. Your gift can be arranged to meet your financial and estate planning goals and will provide lasting support, making the dharma available for generations to come. You may choose to designate your gift toward a specific project or purpose or leave it unrestricted so that Great Tree might apply it toward areas of greatest need.

Different from discretionary income donations, planned giving is a way to express generosity and receive the joy of making a difference by supporting Great Tree now and in the future. Reflecting on your priorities, and some overall financial and estate planning, enables you to leave a legacy that will help the dharma to flourish. Such planning gives you the confidence that the Dharma will be cared for well into the future, helping to build a sustainable community, and the satisfaction of upholding the practice, the teachings and residents.

Charitable income and estate tax deductions may also provide means of maximizing your ability to support the dharma and other commitments. Redirecting all or a portion of your estate that would otherwise go to taxes enables you to make a larger gift than might otherwise be possible, while still providing for your family.  Great Tree also benefits from a reliable source of income. Most importantly, those who “journey to the temple” in search of solace benefit from our array of practices, programs and teachings.

Your legacy gift to support Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple can be arranged through the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina who provides estate planning and hosts our Great Tree Dana Fund. If you would like to include Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple in your estate planning, or if you have already done so, please contact us.


We gratefully acknowledge those helping to ensure our sustainability for coming generations by including Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple in their estate plans.

Great Tree Zen Women’s Temple is a 501(C)3 religious organization registered with

the State of North Carolina and donations are tax deductible as defined by law. 


Deep Appreciation

   - Katagiri,  Roshi

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