Professional Development: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama considers the education of the upcoming generation of Tibetans to be the highest priority for the Tibetan community in exile. In 2013 alone, TTF supported 52 Tibetans in their pursuit of higher education. Funding in this area, which is facilitated and overseen by TTF, amounts to roughly $530,000 annually. Since 1988, TTF has provided scholarships to over 400 Tibetan students pursuing higher studies in the US.
Sponsorships: In 2013, over $180,000 was provided in funding to 33 educational institutions in exile, including refugee schools and monasteries. Over the past 15 years, TTF has granted over $4 million in aid to educational institutions serving the exile community.
Tibetan Education Project: TTF has worked diligently to strengthen the educational system within the Tibetan exile community, partnering on programs such as the CTA’s Tibetan Education Project. This project works to improve the quality of educational opportunities for students at Tibetan schools, increase student access to higher education and professional degree programs and strengthen the management and development of the Tibetan educational system. In 2013, the Tibetan Education Project received $1 million in funding.
Protection and Improved Health and Livelihoods: TTF has overseen and implemented countless programs for vulnerable Tibetan refugees living in the 54 settlements in India and Nepal. Programs in health care, sanitation, economic development, among others, received a total of $2,539,248 in funding last year.
Shoton Festival Celebration 2014
Shoton is a popular Tibetan traditional festival that traces its origins all the way back to the 11th century when, following the footsteps of the Buddhist Master Atisha, Tibetan monks decided to spend their summer in an ascetic retreat sequestered within their monasteries. When their period of meditation ended, families flocked to the monasteries to offer their best homemade yoghurt to the monks. This was how the annual Shoton (meaning ‘Yoghurt Festival’) took root in Tibet. Not long after, during the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama who was a Lhamo (Tibetan Opera) enthusiast, the festival incorporated opera performances into its activities, adding the element of entertainment to its religious celebrations. The Lhamo performances soon became a significant feature, attracting performers and large audiences from around Tibet to compete and partake in the festivities for several days.
Therefore in the spirit of this tradition, The Tibet Fund and Lotus Music & Dance are delighted to invite you to a Global Gathering celebrating the Shoton Festival at 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at Washington Irving High School Auditorium. There will be a diverse range of entertainments featuring Tibetan, Nepali, Polynesian, Kathak and Flamenco Dances. We hope you will join us for an afternoon of enjoyable entertainment, food and festivities.
Your Support is most appreciated!
The story of The Tibet Fund is the story of the Tibetan people’s perseverance and resourcefulness through decades of upheaval and exile. Founded in 1981, the Tibet Fund (TTF) is a non-profit organization that works to address the health, educational, economic, cultural and community development needs of the Tibetan refugee community in India and Nepal. In the years prior to The Tibet Fund’s founding, humanitarian assistance was declining and it seemed as though the international community had forgotten about Tibet and the hardships incurred by its Chinese occupation. It was within this context that TTF was set up in New York. Since then, TTF has worked closely with the US Department of State, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), and many other individuals and foundations to implement aid programs for the thousands of marginalized Tibetans living in refugee settlements scattered across India, Nepal and Bhutan.
It is The Tibet Fund’s mission to ensure that Tibetan culture and identity remain a vibrant part of our global heritage. Out of concern for the long-term sustainability of the exile community, TTF has established a wide range of vitally important programs and services that have had a tremendous impact on individual Tibetans.
The Tibet Fund continues to strive to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Tibetan refugees living in settlements across India, Nepal and elsewhere. Every year, more Tibetans are forced into exile, and every year the need for assistance becomes greater. Our success, and the present and future wellbeing of the Tibetan exile community, largely depends on your continued generosity and support. We remain extremely grateful for your support and request your continued support by making a gift of any amount to enable us to perform better and to continue assisting Tibetan refugees. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As such, your gifts are tax-deductible.
The Tibet Fund Endowment Matching Grant Campaign: Your Generosity Makes a Difference!
The Tibet Fund endowment is born from a desire to bring long term sustainability to the organization, allowing us to serve the Tibetan community more effectively in the future. Contributions to the endowment fund will be matched, doubling the impact of each donation. Our fundraising goal is $3 million and we have made a modest start by raising $69,000 at our 4th Annual Tibet Fund Gala on October 17, 2013. Please join the campaign to strengthen our organization and bring a sustainable future to the Tibetan community in exile. A contribution of any amount can make a difference.
Friends of The Tibet Fund: A Sustaining Partner
We invite you to join “Friends of The Tibet Fund” and become a part of our organization. The Tibet Fund supports the Tibetan community in exile, located primarily in India and Nepal, with its programs and services. As one of the “Friends of The Tibet Fund” your ongoing contributions will help to provide a sustainable future to those we serve. You could also become a Sustaining Partner of the Tibet Fund or a Leadership Donor.
The Tibet Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As such, your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extend allowed by law.
2014 Three Day Summer Retreat Program Do-Ngak Kun-Phen Ling (DNKL), Redding, CT
The Tibet Fund, in collaboration with Online Tibetan Education (OTE) is organizing a three-day summer retreat program from August 7 to 10, 2014 at Do-Ngak Kun-Phen Ling (DNKL) in Redding, CT for Tibetan youths 18 and over, residing in North America. This three-day program aims to provide young Tibetans, born or raised in the west to focus on Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language.
The Tibet Fund is seeking to raise $250,000 to fully fund the Professional Scholarship Program. His Holiness the Dalai Lama considers the education of the upcoming generation of Tibetans to be the highest priority of the exile community. He has said that the future of the Tibetan people depends upon well-educated community leaders who safeguard the traditional values of Tibet while integrating the knowledge and skills to be gained in modern education. It is with this in mind that the Tibet Fund began the PSP in 2009.
The Professional Scholarship Program provides scholarships to Tibetan refugee students living in India, Nepal and Bhutan, who are working towards professional degrees in the fields of healthcare, engineering, science and community development. The goal of the program is to enhance the human resources present within the Tibetan exile community. By helping young Tibetans to pursue professional degrees and serve their community, the program hopes to significantly impact the Tibetan people’s welfare and long-term sustainability. The PSP will enable the Tibetan community in exile to become more self-sufficient and will contribute to the overall cohesiveness of the settlements, thereby contributing to the survival of Tibetan culture and identity.
The Tibet Fund currently has $200,000 earmarked for the Professional Scholarship Program, which would be exhausted in five years without additional support.
In order to raise additional funds for the program, The Tibet Fund hopes to invest its current funds into an Indian time deposit Rupee account in Dharamsala, where the current interest rate stands at roughly 9.25%. If this account held $400,000, the yearly interest from the combined funds would be enough to pay for the scholarship of 40 professional students per year. This would allow 400 students to complete their professional education in the next ten years without drawing money from the principle amount held in the account. Thus, with help from donors and the community, we are aiming to raise $250,000 in order to continue the work of the PSP for the next ten years. Click here to find out more…
Mario Cantone, comedian, screenwriter, star of Broadway, The View and Sex in the City, lends his time, friendship and star power to The Tibet Fund to help raise funds for our Professional Scholarship Program.