Against The Stream
Buddhist Meditation Society Sit-A-Thon
September 11, 2011
10am – 6pm
Q. Do I have to register
A. It would help us if you preregistered here, but it’s not mandatory. You can download
the form and begin to gather donations without any preregistration with Against
the Stream. Just bring your completed form and donations on Sept 11. You
will be registered when you check in to sit. But,
Q. Do I have to raise a
A. No, any amount you raise is appreciated. It is
beneficial to set a fundraising goal, however. If your goal is $100, you can
ask 10 friends to donate $10 each, and so on. Don’t set a limit on what you can
do. If you raise $150, you will receive a t-shirt. If you raise
$250, you will receive a hoodie. If you raise $500, you will receive a t-shirt and a hoodie and a copy of Meditate and
Q. Do I have to sit for
the entire day?
A. No, if you collect a set amount for participating, you
can sit as many or as few sessions as is feasible for you. You can even sit in
the morning and come back in the afternoon.
Q. Will I be credited if
people donate on line?
A. Yes, anyone can sponsor you by visiting our Sit-a-Thon
page on the Against the Stream website and following the prompts to donate.
They will be given the option to fill in your name so you will receive credit.
This amount will be added to your total.
Q. Do you accept cash?
A. We do accept cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, MC,
Amex and Discover). Make check payable to Against the Stream.
Q. Is sponsorship
all donations are tax-deductible. If people donate by check or credit card, their
receipt can be used for tax purposes.
Q. Can I raise money if
I’m a volunteer?
A. Absolutely. If you volunteer for the day you get
credit for sitting. Don’t let volunteering keep you from raising funds. You can
also volunteer for part of the day and sit for part of the day.
Q. How do I get
A. Tell everyone
you know and ask for a small contribution. Put it on your Facebook page and
link to our event. Tweet about it. Email all your friends.
Q. Can anyone
participate in the Sit-A-Thon?
A. Yes, you don’t have to be a regular meditator to
participate in the Sit-A-Thon. Maybe you’ve never even been to Against the
Stream. All are welcome.
Q. Can I form a team?
A. You can form a team if you like. Let us know and we’ll list you on our program. Along with raising money for the
center, we want this to be a great experience for you. Get your friends to be
part of a team and they can get sponsors as well. You can all meditate
Q. What is the schedule
for the day?
begins at 10. Each session will last 40 minutes with 20 minutes to stretch and
have time for new people to check in. The
last meditation period will begin at 5.
Snacks will be available throughout the day.
Q. What do I get for
A. We want to thank you for your support in this
fundraiser so if you can raise $150, we will give you a t-shirt. If
you raise $250, you will receive a hoodie. If you raise $500, you will get a
t-shirt, a hoodie, and a copy of the DVD, Meditate
Q. Do you accept
Matching Gift forms?
A. Yes. Against the Stream is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and
therefore eligible to receive Matching Grants. Ask your sponsors if their
employers participate in this type of program. There is a place to indicate
Matching Grant amounts on your sponsor form.