Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Nobelity Project

  • Austin, TX
  • www.nobelity.org

Mission Statement

The Nobelity Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit documenting stories of hope and progress that support community action projects around the world. In schools, on film, and in action The Nobelity Project is a place to explore global issues and discover ways to effect positive change.

Nobelity On Screen: Collaborating with Nobel laureates and other inspiring leaders, we make enlightening and motivating films to raise awareness on global issues and move people to action.

Nobelity In Schools: Engaging students with the issues that will affect their futures and the futures of all the world’s children, and providing service opportunities to show that local acts have global impact.

Nobelity In Action: Working with project partners from Texas to Nepal to improve conditions in the areas of education, health, and the environment. We believe that by improving conditions in one community you improve the state of the global community, and by working together we tilt the world towards peace.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Nobelity In Schools
  3. Documentaries and Short Films, Big Changes
  4. Kenya Schools Fund
Service Areas

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International

In addition to providing films and a research website on global issues, we have recently completed construction of Mahiga Hope High School, a secondary school in rural Kenya. Currently with over 250 students, this school will serve 350 when fully enrolled.  We are also supporting 17 additional public schools with long term infrastructure projects--clean water systems, science labs, classrooms, and lending libraries through our Kenya Schools Fund. Tree-planting programs in Kenya, Mexico and Texas are underway.

ruling year

2006

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Christy Pipkin

Keywords

Self-reported

peace, global health, science, education, nobel prize, international, volunteer

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EIN

20-3795033

 Number

3101738880

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Film, Video (A31)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

International Studies (V35)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Collaborating with Nobel laureates and other inspiring leaders, we make
enlightening and motivating films that bring people awareness and move
them to action.   Our work with students connects them to the issues that will effect their futures and teaches that local acts have global impact.  And our partnerships with communities in need around the globe creates long lasting change in the health and education of their children.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

1. The Nobelity in Schools program provides DVDs of the film NOBELITY and other teacher resources to classrooms free of charge. 2. Educational website provides streaming video library of Nobel Laureates from our films, as well as opportunities for deeper study and to get involved in community service projects. 3. Currently in production on ONE PEACE AT A TIME-a feature film highlighting individuals and organizations creating solutions to world problems. This film will be released in 2008 and included in our In Schools program. 4. Power and water system for St Joseph's Mahiga School-Kenya. Partnering schools and indivuduals in the US to provide this rural school with basic needs from power to computers.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Nobelity In Schools

In class video and website materials for high schools exploring global issues and promoting social action.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

Documentaries and Short Films, Big Changes

A film series profiling action organizations with high impact on global development and relief concerns. Includes feature documentaries Nobelity, One Peace At A Time, and Building Hope.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 4

Kenya Schools Fund

Funded construction of Mahiga Hope High School-the first secondary school to serve the area. Seeking support for technology, library, arts, and athletic programs and some student tuition. Projects now support 17 schools in rural Kenya.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$200,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Nobelity Project tells stories of hope and progress that support action and education projects around the world. We partner with communities on innovative solutions to local challenges addressing critical education, conservation and health issues. By sharing their inspiring stories we amplify our impact and engage compassionate, informed supporters to secure resources for lasting success.

    We reach this goal by:
    Building Classrooms (and more)
    Partnering with communities to bring classrooms, clean water, health support, information centers, and student scholarships to those in need. Currently investing in student success in Kenya, Honduras, and the US.

    Building Competence
    Providing libraries, computers, arts and athletic support, study materials and books at our community partner schools.

    Building Community
    We connect people around the world through inspiring stories that inspire action. By collaborating with Nobel laureates and other community leaders, we make enlightening and motivating films that present potential solutions. We provide education and service opportunities to illustrate that every act has global impact, and to underscore the importance of global citizenship.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We:

    identify and fund projects with high levels of community engagement and long term potential for sustained success.

    select projects based on specific criteria, including how we can tell the story to inspire other to engage in solutions.

    mobilize communities to set and reach their own goals.

    collaborate with specialized partners on the project initiatives of education, conservation, and health.

    create high quality media to document the projects and profile inspiring individuals.

    maintain diverse global projects to ignite interest from a broad spectrum of supporters.

    develop and provide educational media to schools free of charge.

    share our programs through film screenings, fundraisers, and ways to directly participate (book drives, tree planting) that engage with people of all ages.

    capture and share compelling images to connect us to each other and the world in which we live.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    One of our strengths is that people feel personally connected to the work they are making possible. We accomplish this through visual storytelling, filmmaking, program tracking and reporting, educational outreach and an active social media presence that turns “projects" into “people" and “others" into “us".

    Other core assets include:

    Hands-on program management by skilled staff and partner organizations

    Creative vision and skill in media production including award-winning documentaries, short films, and educational products

    Streamlined operations and efficient processes allowing for flexibility in adjusting to project and donor needs

    Dedicated and diverse board and staff that bring high level of professional experience to management team

    Productive partnerships at community and foundation levels

    Strong fiscal support and transparency

    Strong relationships with celebrities, Nobel Laureates, musicians, filmmakers to help raise awareness and funds

    Successful event producers, including the annual Feed the Peace Awards
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We use flexible outcome reporting measurements that include:

    Good project documentation through feature and short films

    New media production and distribution of films, books, educational products

    Positive press reviews

    Project completion rate (currently 100%)

    Project expansion and replication

    Secondary gains: i.e. clean water system improves girl's hygiene

    Measurements of those served

    High program services ratio

    Measured increase in number of partners

    Measured increase in number of donors

    Constituent testimonials from board, donors, target populations, students

    Financial health and robust fundraising
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The success of our film work and partner projects in the last 5 years has exceeded expectations. What started as a single film to share the insights of Nobel Laureates has grown into an extensive education and action effort benefiting thousands of school children in the US and other communities around the world. Our projects are models for sustained success and inspire hope and action on pressing global issues. Investing in these communities and telling their stories of progress has built an inspired and compassionate force for good that supports our work.
    Our key program accomplishments are:

    Nobelity On Screen:
    1. Feature Documentaries
    a. NOBELITY - Conversations with 9 Nobel Laureates
    b. ONE PEACE AT A TIME-a look at specific ways to support universal rights for all children.
    c. BUILDING HOPE-The story of building Mahiga Hope High School in rural Kenya and the need for universal secondary education
    2. Short films/ BIG CHANGES:
    a. Over 25 short documentaries on global issues and those working to address them.
    b. The Laureate Library: additional materials with the Nobel laureates in our films.

    Nobelity In Schools: Supporting teachers nationwide to engage students with the issues that will affect their futures and the futures of all the world's children. Classroom materials and service learning opportunities are available to schools free of charge. These include:
    a. Replant the Park-a reforestation education and action program replanting 250,000 trees in fire ravaged Bastrop State Park. Connecting this effort to the global Billion Tree Campaign in honor of Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai.
    b. The Nobelity Webquest—online research tool exploring key issues of change making
    c. All feature films with teaching guidelines
    d. Enhanced media curriculum for use in Ethics, Social Studies and Environmental Science

    Nobelity In Action: Working with project partners from Texas to Nepal to improve conditions in the areas of community education, health, and the environment. Current projects include:
    a. Kenya Schools Fund- building classrooms, libraries, science labs, sports facilities, and clean water systems at schools throughout rural Kenya serving over 10,000 students and their families. We also support scholarship funds for deserving teachers and students.
    b. Roatan Bookmobile--Mobile library serving 18 elementary schools with literacy focused teaching staff and materials.
    c. Eyesight restoration and health clinic in partnership with the Seva Foundation now serving thousands of needlessly blind in Nepal.
    d. 1000 Books for Hope- Book drives that have collected and delivered over 40,000 books for our participating libraries.
    e. Over 500,000 trees planted in Kenya, Mexico, and Bastrop Texas to date.

    As we set our goals for the next phase we are working on how to keep supporters informed on the impact of their support. We need to tell our own story as well as we tell others.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

In addition to providing films and a research website on global issues, we have recently completed construction of Mahiga Hope High School, a secondary school in rural Kenya. Currently with over 250 students, this school will serve 350 when fully enrolled.  We are also supporting 17 additional public schools with long term infrastructure projects--clean water systems, science labs, classrooms, and lending libraries through our Kenya Schools Fund. Tree-planting programs in Kenya, Mexico and Texas are underway.

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The Nobelity Project
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Executive Director

Ms. Christy Pipkin

BIO

Founder Turk Pipkin is the director of the Nobelity Project’s three feature documentaries about global problems and solutions. The latest film, Building Hope, tells the story of The Nobelity Project’s partnership with a rural Kenyan community to build the area’s first high school. His many film festival awards include Best Directing (My Hero Fest) and the White Lotus Humanitarian Award (Macao). The Nobelity Project is commited to Turk’s vision that documentary films are powerful tools for change: presenting critical issues, raising important questions, and illustrating potential solutions.
A popular Huffington Post blogger, Turk is also the author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, including the NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, co-authored with Willie Nelson. Turk and Christy received the Inspire Humanitarian Award from the UN Austin Chapter.

As the Executive Director, Christy Ellinger Pipkin works to bring the non-profit’s initiatives to fruition— creating motivating documentaries and short films, helming educational outreach in the US and abroad, and maintaining oversight on development projects around the world. She believes that by improving conditions in one community you improve the state of the global community, and by working together we tilt the world towards peace. Christy received the 2013 International Women’s Day Humanitarian Award from Ten Thousand Villages.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"For the first time in history, humankind has the knowledge and ability
to overcome challenges related to health, nutrition, water, education
and other issues that stand in the way of a more peaceful and
sustainable world. We believe that the path to peace begins with a single step and that each step is of significance. By telling the stories of people who are making a difference, we illustrate that if we have the will, we are the way."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms Joey Martin

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Term: Nov 2011 - Nov 2013

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?