Thank you for caring about the work we’re doing!

As Mind & Life Institute co-founder Francisco Varela once said, “It’s not so easy to express the core of what we’re trying to do in the sea of noise. So we just have to keep our standards and continue the work.” We invite you to join us in continuing the work, by making a charitable contribution. This work is needed now perhaps more than ever, and with your partnership we will continue to alleviate suffering and promote human flourishing.

Your generosity enables us to provide the vital resources and opportunities needed—that aren’t available elsewhere—to foster rigorous research and to educate, support, and inspire the most innovative thinkers and doers in the field. Our work bridges the sciences, humanities, and professional realms, providing the foundation for research to reach real lives.

For more information, contact Heather Cochrane, Director of Philanthropy, at (434) 962-0053 or hcochrane@mindandlife.org

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Mind & Life Donor Benefits

$1,000—$14,999: Advocate

  • Invitation to regional Mind & Life events in your area
  • Invitation to special events and receptions on a space-available basis
  • Receive two mailed insider update communications from the President annually
  • Recognition in Mind & Life print and digital programs throughout the year

$15,000—$49,999: Change-Maker

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Special invitations to select Mind & Life public and private programs with reserved seating and invitation to special receptions on a space-available basis
  • Invitation to Mind & Life regional events featuring thought leaders and contemplative practitioners

$50,000—$99,999: Patron

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Invitation to Mind & Life programs and events with priority seating and benefits

$100,000 and up: Vision Partner

All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Participation in annual President’s Roundtable, bringing together the Mind & Life board, Steering Council, and Vision Partners to share insights and wisdom in strategic discussions about Mind & Life’s direction and work
  • Invitation to host or participate in Mind & Life event in your area, featuring members of the Mind & Life community in dialogue with the President
  • Invitation to all MLI events and special receptions with priority seating and benefits

In addition to online giving, you can support Mind & Life in the following ways:

Send a check to:
Mind & Life Institute
210 Ridge McIntire Rd
Suite 325
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Attention: Heather Cochrane

Wire Transfer or Stock Transfer:
Mind & Life Institute  accepts large gifts by wire or by stock transfer. Please contact philanthropy@mindandlife.org for wire/stock transfer instructions.

Planned Giving:
Sustaining donors ensure the Mind & Life Institute’s continued financial health and sustainability. Your three-year commitment is the best way to ensure that your partnership has the most impact. Please consider making your gift a Sustaining Gift.

For more information about making a planned gift, such as a trust or various forms of bequest, please contact Heather Cochrane at (434) 962-0053, or by writing to philanthropy@mindandlife.org.


The Mind & Life Institute operates as a nonprofit organization thanks to the charitable contributions of individuals, foundations and sponsors. Charitable contributions are the source of more than 90% of Mind & Life’s budget. As careful stewards of the funds entrusted to the institute, Mind & Life undergoes a third-party audit every year and complies with all regulations governing non-profits in the United States. The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code, EIN #77-0284767.