The BCA Social Welfare Fund was established to aid those suffering from deprivations of basic human needs. Our goal is to help others sustain or attain a way of life which promotes mental, physical and spiritual well-being. We accept applications for assistance from non-profit organizations, and also initiate efforts for disaster relief.

In 2018, the Fund awarded grants to the following:

  • Northern California Wildfire Disaster Relief Fund

  • Rohingya Refugee Relief to assist the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Fund

  • Central California Food Bank to help fight hunger by providing fresh produce through their Neighborhood Market & Mobile Pantry programs.

  • Project Beauty Share of Spokane, WA, to expand its distribution program of hygiene and cosmetic products to women & families overcoming abuse, homelessness and poverty.

  • Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii to assist with its disaster relief efforts for the victims of flooding in Kauai and volcanic activity on the island of Hawaii.

  • Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-Ha to assist with its disaster relief efforts with flooding and landslides in the Western region of Japan.

Support the Social Welfare Fund

BCA member assessments do not contribute to the Social Welfare Fund, which is maintained by the compassionate dana of BCA members and friends. Together we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of many.

Make an offering today through Kindful  in three easy steps:


1. Enter your donation amount.

2. Create a Recurring Transaction to contribute each week, month, or on a schedule of your choice. One-time donations are also available.

3. Complete credit card details and submit.

To donate by check, download the printable donation form here.

Please contact us at or 415-776-5600 x311 with any questions.

Apply or Refer an Organization for Assistance

Recipient must be a nonprofit organization that is tax exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3), including a church or temple, community group with 501(c)(3) organization serving as its fiscal agent, or nonprofit organization, temple or church outside of the U.S. that supports the purpose of providing aid to those suffering from deprivation of basic human needs.

Projects must support purpose of the Fund to aid those suffering from deprivation of basic human needs.

Funds will not be granted to the following:

  • Individuals

  • Fundraising events

  • Endowments

  • Political campaigns or lobbying

  • To supplement the general operating expenses of the organization or salaries

Each application will be carefully reviewed by the Social Welfare Committee, whose membership is made up of BCA Directors-at-Large.

Download your application  for the next review cycle, due on April 1, 2020.

Submit application materials to:

Buddhist Churches of America
Attn: Social Welfare Committee
1710 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

If e-mailing your application , include all scanned documents/attachments and submit to: with SUBJECT LINE: SOCIAL WELFARE APPLICATION

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