We are currently in our annual Membership Pledge Drive. If you wish to make your Pledge, please visit our

Membership Pledge page

(or read on if you wish to make a general donation)


THANK YOU – Your kind donation helps to maintain and operate our temple along with its many programs. These are just a few of the areas supported by donations: weekly Family Services, Buddhist Study classes, community outreach programs, Dharma School, temple maintenance and our ‘Legacy Garden’. Please visit our Guide to Financial Giving page for additional information. You can also visit our Temple history and Legacy Garden pages to find out more about MBT’s history and the story of our Japanese ‘Legacy Garden’. All donations will receive a charitable donation letter at the email address or mailing address you provide. If you have any questions about donating to our temple, you can email us at office@mbtchicago.org or call 312.943.7801. We thank you for your generosity.


New Electronic Payments: If your bank supports the Zelle® payment system (most large banks do), MBT can now electronically accept direct payments from you. This is a secure method of direct money transfer and does not incur any fees. Or you can use your PayPal® account. See instructions below.

via your bank with Zelle®

Check with your bank for their Zelle® payment directions from your online account

  • Setup your Zelle® payment using our donation email address: giving@mbtchicago.org
  • Remember to tell us how to direct your donation in the memo field (see categories below)
  • This is a secure bank to bank transfer and the best part is there are no fees charged!

with a Credit Card via PayPal®

Click the “Donate” button and you’ll be transferred to PayPal® to complete the payment with a credit card.

  • PayPal® will automatically deduct 2.9% of the amount donated as a processing fee
  • Remember to tell us how to direct your donation in the memo field (see categories below)

Note: If you set up a “recurring” payment (either through your bank or PayPal®) you are responsible for managing (changing or stopping) the recurring payment process.


If you prefer to donate by check please make it payable to Midwest Buddhist Temple and mail to:

Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W. Menomonee St.
Chicago, IL 60614

On the memo line of your check please let us know the purpose of your donation (from the categories above). Also, remember to provide your contact information so we can send you a letter acknowledging your kind gift.

Some Categories for Donations

  • Annual Pledge for Membership
  • Memorial (remember to provide the name of your loved one)
  • A particular Buddhist Holiday
  • MBT Legacy Garden (maintenance)
  • Nokotsudo (maintaining the columbarium)
  • Eitaikyo (maintaining the altar)
  • Flowers (for the altar)
  • Dharma School (for educational programs)
  • Bulletin (supporting the monthly newsletter)
  • The Kono Fund (for Buddhist ministerial education)