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.



COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives and especially our temples. Since we are not able to hold services, many temples have experienced a downturn in donations and may find that they are in need of assistance in order to maintain temple facilities and or programs.  The committee, with approval from the National Board, has established a temporary loan program to assist temples that are experiencing financial difficulties.  We are offering a loan of $5000, for five years at 1% interest. The interest will be forgiven if the loan is paid on or prior to the maturity date.

PLEASE make use of this program if it will help your temple. Remember, our temples’ goals are ultimately the same as the purpose of the Social Welfare Committee: to aid those suffering from deprivations of basic human needs, with the goal to help sustain or attain a way of life which promotes mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

In addition, our regular grant program is still available. Information and grant applications are available on the BCA website under the Donate tab. Please contact Celeste Sterrett with questions regarding the grant or the loan program at

Download the FAQs here  and the Application form here.


BCA Social Welfare Fund Recipients 2019-2020 (as of 1/31/20):

Open Heart Kitchen of Livermore, CA
  • Children’s weekend bag lunch program
North Valley Community Foundation Campfire Relief Fund
  • Disaster relief for the wild fire victims of the Camp Fire devastation
Direct Relief
  • Disaster relief for the Bahamas victims of Hurricane Dorian
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Disaster Relief Fund
  • Disaster relief for the Soushinji and Hongaku-ji temples and their members affected by Typhoon Faxai

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 October 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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