3 Types of Members
Together We Can Be Stronger
individuals or groups
Individuals or groups who want the benefit of connecting in an organization with those of similar beliefs, yet might have their own nonprofit status or do not wish to have financial affiliation with TOLIS. They are not required to provide annual reports to the TOLIS. Networked members can be in a networked group and also be an individual who has joined TOLIS as a member directly. When an individual joins as an individual that membership status with TOLIS is primary. When a person chooses to individually become a networked member they are not under the umbrella of our 501(c)(3). They are able to access all the benefits for regular membership, yet are not required to give an annual accounting of funds as is required with affiliation.
Under our Umbrella
Full programs or solitary practitioners of the association, and thus fall under the umbrella of the 501(c)(3) and can use the benefits of our tax exemption. This means that they have to provide reports annually and agree to comply with the federal and state requirements regarding nonprofit churches.
Affiliated Solitary Practitioners
A True Church of One
When an individual decides to affiliate with us they are considered to be a solitary practitioner in community, thus a church with one member, which is an honorable path in many Nature-Centered traditions. As part of their affiliation they must be ordained ministers as they will be serving in the capacity of minister, even though they might not be Called to teach or lead groups. This ordination can be completed by TOLIS or another comparable certificate and will be considered on an individual basis.
Benefits of Membership
We Can Grow Together
Partner with Us
Help Us Take Off!
We are currently organizing the TOLIS and envision special membership discount rates on events and areas membership will open on the website to access recorded Teachings, trainings, podcasts, etc. Member benefits will be developed as we add programs, trainings and certifications over time as we organize and grow.
Nature-Centered Interfaith Council
Connect with other Leaders
Once we have enough people and/or groups together we will establish a Council that will meet regularly and will become a major part of the work of the TOLIS. This will be a place where other TOLIS leaders can join to create programs together and/or let each other know what we are each doing. The Council will also then send representation to regular board meetings.
Make a Donation
Become a Member or Supporter
Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Tree of Life Interfaith Sanctuary an even better support in our community than it already is whether you join as a member or not. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support or membership, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions either here or email directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept donations through PayPal or our GoFundMe. Continue reading for more information about how to join.
Joining TOLIS in our Association
Here at Tree of Life Interfaith Sanctuary, we’re committed to connecting solitaires and circles in an association in order to further achieve our collective causes. Only just now beginning, we’re creating a system to support our community members in a variety of ways. One of these visions is the founding of an Interfaith Nature Centered Council once we have enough members/member groups signed up.
To Become A Member:
At any time of the year the applicant (individual or group) submits the membership form (which we're in the process of linking to website) or signs in the membership book and submits a donation (dues equivalent to $10) as the membership fee. Ongoing contribution will be required annually as well (dues equivalent to $10). By completing the application and submitting the donation the applicant affirms that they are in agreement with the principles, responsibilities, and beliefs set forth in the Tree of Life Interfaith Sanctuary Bylaws.
Right now the process is to go to PayPal (link at top of page) and donate $10 or more. This will trigger the Main Sanctuary Servant to contact you with membership options and to send the membership form if you desire to join. If you just want to donate and not join, please do and consider the correspondence a big THANK YOU for your help. No formal membership is ever required. There is also a tab for membership "fine print" at the top of page for ethics and discipline, etc.
We intend to measure our success not by monetary or membership size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our efforts. Just imagine what we can achieve together and consider either joining or donating to the cause today!