Work as Practice

Once a year, a six person, mixed team of volunteers contact our donors by telephone from our offices in London. We make sure that these donors are happy with the work we are doing and explore whether they would be willing to give additional support to help us reach more people. 

Lasting six weeks, the appeal is non-residential, which means the team work and practice together in the afternoon and early evenings before returning to their own homes each night and weekend. 

These telephone appeal provides a fantastic opportunity to give something back to those in need, while connecting with other volunteers and donors.

What's it like on a Karuna telephone appeal?

Get an insight into what goes on during a Karuna telephone appeal. Thanks to everyone involved in the 2016 campaign.

Challenging themselves over 6 weeks, these volunteers were able to connect with Karuna donors - and each other - in a telephone campaign. As a team, they raised over £20,000 in new regular yearly income.  

If you don’t feel a telephone appeal is for you but feel committed to our cause maybe you would consider taking part in a Door to Door Appeal?

Find out about the financial support we offer and other frequently asked questions

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In six weeks I have been propelled from the meditation cushion onto a whole new level of buddhist practice in my daily life.


Telephone Appeals 2019

10th June - 19th July

Calling existing and former Karuna donors as a part of a Buddhist team, you will develop communication skills whilst raising donations for India! Based in the Karuna office in north London, non- residential, Monday to Friday, 3pm – 9.30pm.


Would you like to speak to Sanghamani about doing a phone appeal?

I’m Sanghamani and I lead the Telephone campaigns. They’re a fantastic opportunity because they create such a tangible sense of team. There’s something about working alongside each other in this way, night after night that supports the journey of connection needed to speak with our wonderful supporters. Please do get in touch if you’re interested and I can answer your questions.


All the essential need to know information

Financial Support

he support package is intended to ensure that volunteering for a Karuna appeal does not upset your finances. There are two support packages listed below to illustrate what is possible, although some people take less or nothing and others are welcome to discuss an increase. There is also a retreat allowance.

There are obviously costs incurred in running an Appeal (mainly the community house rent and the trainers' support) which we try to keep as low as possible so that more of the money raised can go to India. However there is the saying, “it costs money to make money” and given that the average fundraiser will in six weeks raise standing orders worth £270 per month, which over five years is £16,200, Karuna is able to cost effectively provide a basic support package to fundraisers so as to make it possible for them to do an Appeal.


Up to £250 per week to cover rent and bills incurred ‘back home’ while on the Appeal and travel to and from the Appeal. This includes a £70 per week allowance (from which one makes a contribution to the Appeal food kitty).


Up to £600 towards a return flight to the UK, internal UK travel to and from the Appeal, £70 per week (from which one makes a contribution to the food kitty).


On completion of an Appeal there is a 7 day retreat allowance (max £280) for use in any UK Triratna retreat centre.


Looking through the telescope of worldwide media at the bigger picture and asking ‘Can we really eradicate poverty?’, may lead to feeling overwhelmed and without any significant influence, which in turn can lead to feeling defeated or cynical. However, turning the telescope around we see the children in the kindergarten and hostel, and the grandmother in the women’s literacy class. To them these projects are making a real and lasting difference. In changing one life you are also changing the whole world for that person.

This is a concern for a lot of people coming on Appeal and responses to it are explored through the training. Asking for money can bring up issues around our own worth and fears of rejection. Within the context of having built up some rapport with the householder and having given them a booklet to read about Karuna, you will learn how to mention money in such a way as to give the householder a free choice.


If your question is not answered here, please get in touch.

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