Insight Meditation Society

The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, was founded in 1975 by a small group of young meditation teachers and dedicated staff who opened a retreat center in an old but stately mansion.

Armed with minimal resources and less than ideal operational knowledge, yet passionate about the Buddha's teachings, they set about creating an environment where the dharma could flourish and take root in the West. Over its 35-year history, Insight Meditation Society has become a spiritual home to thousands of practitioners, and is now regarded as one of the Western world's most respected centers for learning and deepening meditation practice.

Insight Meditation Society hired Pathway Associates to conduct a capital campaign feasibility study to test its ability to raise funds for an expansion and renovation to its Center. Once the study results demonstrated that Insight Meditation Society could indeed count on the generosity of its community, Pathway Associates provided campaign counsel. The proposed campaign goal of $2.35 million was the largest fundraising goal in Insight Meditation Society's history. It would take cultural shifts as well as broadening of the development program in order to succeed. Today, the buildings are complete and well-loved by practitioners.

"It's been a team effort and I am grateful for your gifts and guidance throughout this successful effort. It is truly a privilege to serve in an organization that inspires the generosity of so many people over all these years."

Bob Agoglia, Executive Director
Insight Mediation Society

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