Finances

Open Sky is still 100% volunteer-based.  Unfortunately, the expenses of operating a center are still in real dollars!

Our income from current members dues is about $700 per month.  As you can see, we need more money to support our efforts.  Fortunately many kind and generous people have contributed to providing some cash reserves.  We are a frugal group and will make the very most of your generous donations.

In general our monthly expenses and budget are as follows:

Rent $1,350

Utilities $200

Flowers, cleaning supplies, lamp oil, tea and snacks for classes and events $100

Supplies, misc other $20

Occasional paid marketing $80

Banners, pictures, space upgrades $50

Total Monthly Expenses: ~ $1,800

Course fees:

  • Shambhala Online charges for classes such as the In Everyday Life Series and Basic Goodness Series.
  • Teacher honorarium for various programs.
  • Heart gifts to local teachers.

We try to recover these through program fees, but it doesn’t always happen. 

Expenses for what we would like to do, but need additional funds outside of budget:

Meditation Cushion sets $100 each (ongoing replacements and additions)

4 Dignities full wall banners $1,600

More extensive marketing

Nominal pay for graphic design, promotion, printed materials, etc

Nominal pay for a center assistant