January 2020
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Dear iBme Community, 

Our End of Year campaign was a huge success. With your support, we are more than 70% towards our teen scholarship goal for 2020! Together, we raised $526,018 that will go towards the increasing scholarship need from teens and their families in communities all across the country. 

Year after year we are challenged with making our retreats accessible for teens of all income levels to attend, and each year this need is met by hundreds of donors - intent on keeping our radical vision for the world alive. 

Here’s what some of our 2019 donors had to say:

“I believe in this work. Wish I could give more!!”

“So happy to support the work of IBME in whatever way I can.”

“Thanks to ALL of you at iBme for everything you do. What better way to spend your working lives than lighting a spark of awareness in these teenagers!?”

“I am taken with the mission of your work. Thank you.”

Because of your support

We are inspired by your testimonies and determined to maintain our commitment to equity. Read about our vision for a gift economy to support all teens to attend retreat. Together we’re creating a world where young leaders are prepared to respond to the mounting challenges of their time with focus, resilience, and compassion for themselves, their communities, and the global environment.

While we are celebrating the success we’ve had so far, we want to be transparent with our community and share that we still have $207,402 left to raise in order to ensure that all teens are able to access the kind of transformative experience iBme offers, independent of their financial circumstances. For the first time ever, we are not sure we will be able to live the value of not turning away teens for lack of funds, which is a great source of sorrow within the organization. We may need to make this extremely difficult decision, based on the amount of scholarship dollars we can raise in the next 4 months. If you would like to be notified if a teen requests a scholarship in your region that we cannot meet, please email 

Interested in supporting our Grassroots campaign? On April 1 we’ll kick off our annual Commit to Sit month-long meditation challenge. Look out for emails in mid-March with more info!


All our best,

Amanda, Arielle, Jessica, Sarah, & Tom 


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