As grantees of the Lenz Foundation, Dawn Mountain’s staff was offered training in the Soul of Money program created exclusively for grantees. Here is what they reported:
We are proud and humbled to let you know what your $2,500 gift to Dawn Mountain, which brought with it the brilliant year of Soul of Money training, has done for our shared vision and mission. You have helped us open new doors for our work, which is much like your work, translating and transmitting Buddhist principles and practices in ways harmonious with the people we serve in Houston and beyond.
This is what we did with the Soul of Money training: We used your gift toward starting a Spirit in Art program. Last November, we invited Prof. Robert A. Thurman to initiate the program. Dawn Mountain partnered with the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in Houston to present two talks by him.
Approximately four hundred people attended Dr. Thurman’s talks-thereby learning about Buddhism, about Dawn Mountain, and greatly increasing our visibility in Houston. The Museum also invited me to give my own two talks on the theme of Spirit in Art last March. Again, about 400 people attended, and Dawn Mountain’s name became more familiar to a very significant sector of the Houston community; a core, well educated demographic that is both new and receptive to Buddhist learning. Fliers for these talks went out to 11,000 households.
This was an extremely effective use of funds, getting us wide exposure, letting the community know about meditation and our work in Houston to present a rich set of possibilities for the community.
The Soul of Money training has proven to be a boon beyond boons and completely transformed us at many levels. What a brilliant idea to offer this to your grantees.