Becoming a Member

Mindful Families of Durham is a cooperative community. All of its members participate in leading the opening ceremony, working with the children, and taking on other responsibilities. Each member is expected to donate a pledged amount in order to contribute to the group's expenses. 

For more information on membership, please contact MFD Board President Sammy Banawan through this contact form.

Interested families are welcome to visit up to 4 times to see if the group is right for them. Following this, families can become MFD members by:

  1. Enrolling their children in the Sati School

  2. Pledging an annual membership donation (prorated based on month joining in year). This financial support primarily covers the cost of the Sati School teachers and rent. (More below)

Member Expectations

Members are needed to serve in volunteer capacities and on the MFD board.

Membership confers the right to vote in annual board elections each January.

Membership Dues

MFD is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are tax-deductible.

Families are asked to make an annual membership donation of between $540 and $720 a year, which primarily helps pay for the teachers and rent. However, any family is welcome to participate in the community, regardless of what they can donate.

Annual Tax-Deductible Family Membership Donation

Sponsorship Level:

$720/year ($60/month). This donation level covers what we pay our teachers, supports those families in need of scholarship and provides funding for rent, classroom supplies, and operational costs.

Sustaining Level:

$540/year ($45/month). This donation level funds the majority of BFD’s operating costs, primarily going toward teacher pay and rent.

Sending Your Donation:

Please make checks payable to Mindful Families of Durham and send to:


PO BOX 152

DURHAM NC 27702-0152