The following information is design to help you
with your outreach efforts. Below are proven ideas and techniques the Buddhist Fellowship has used to successfully promote
itself since 2001.
need to do outreach? Without some outreach efforts your sangha will remain static and overtime shrink and vanish. The
idea is just to let the public know that you exist. We are sure there are many people in your area who are looking for exactly
what you are providing: a caring, open and safe spiritual environment. However,
unless they can discover that you exist they will never find their spiritual home.
THE SIX OUTREACH STEPS
We suggest that you implement to the best of your
ability the following steps.
1. Word of Mouth:
the best way to conduct outreach is to inform friends, family, etc about your Fellowship. Also, gently encourage your sangha
members and friends to spread the word. These days, you will be pleasantly surprised on how many people will be interested
in what you have to offer; the interest in Buddhism and Shin Buddhism is growing.
flyers: put up your Sangha flyers everywhere. Don’t hesitant! This is the meat and potatoes of outreach. Your sangha
will not grow without them.The more you have them up the more people will go
on your site and your sangha meetings. Don’t forget to put them up on a regular basis because they tend to get torn
down and/or run out of tear offs.
3. MEETUP>COM: A great
place to let potential members know that your Fellowship exist is to participate in Meetup.com. We found over and over again
that Meetup.com is one of the best places to connect with others interested in Buddhism and looking for a Buddhist group to
practice with. Google Meetup.com and join but unlike Myspace it will cost your $45 for 3 months
but it is well worth it and can help your organization grow. Go for the 3 month offer instead of the 1 month. It takes time.
Starting up and maintaining a Fellowship takes patience.
Place your sangha in MySpace Groups sections. That’s were the people are and you must go where they are. First get a
MySpace account USING your Sangha Name; for example: First Name: Sarnia Buddhist Fellowship, Last Name: Sarnia
Buddhist Fellowship. It then takes a week to set up a Group account. Given all that, we found that Meetup.com is a much
better place to invest your time and get results. That is not to say that you should not go on MySpace. You should be in all
areas were people connect online.
Place Public Announcements via e-mail to local newspapers. Newspapers are always looking for news. Your sangha meeting is
good news. Place it in the |”Religion” section; and even better, it’s FREE! Here is an example of the BFF
Seminar/Talks Section from February 1 thru July 4, 2007
Buddhist Faith Fellowship: Sundays,
Beliefs, Practices and Experiences.Includes sacred chants and sitting meditation. Memorial Chapel, High St., WesleyanUniversity, Middletown, Ct. (860) 850-2078. visit www.bffct.net.free.
Directories: Place your sangha information, URL, e-mail etc. on local and national Buddhist and spiritual directories.
The more directories you are in the more hits will get and also you increase the chances that you’ll get on the top
of the first page in a search.
The BFF has placed you all in the Buddhanet.net directory which is and international one based in Australia.
Also, some you are already listed on DharmaWeb and All things Spiritual sites. Please check first before placing your information in a directory.
Gaia should also get into Activist and Environment Directories. Buddha Gaia needs to get on more directories in order
to expand its activities. Below is a list of great directories to place BG.
Below are a few directories to put your sangha
information. Click the links and place your information.I recommend that you
take the time and do this, it will be worth it. I recommend that you list your sangha in ALL or as many of these directories