Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Tibetan Nuns Project

  • Seattle, WA
  • http://www.tnp.org

Mission Statement

The Tibetan Nuns Project was founded in 1987 to provide education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet and Himalayan regions of India. The Project provides facilities and programs to educate, empower, and improve the status of ordained Tibetan women.
The Tibetan Nuns Project is dedicated to:
* Improving standards of food, sanitation, medical care, and education in Tibetan nunneries
* Working towards future self-sufficiency through educational and training opportunities
* Training nuns to take leadership and service roles within their communities
* Improving the level and status of ordained Buddhist women
* Assisting recently arrived refugee nuns from Tibet
* Continuing to establish further facilities for Buddhist nuns

Main Programs

  1. Sponsorship
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Tibetan Nuns Project was established three decades ago to support nuns escaping from Tibet in search of religious and educational freedom.  Today, the Tibetan Nuns Project provides facilities and programs to educate, empower, and improve the overall status of ordained Tibetan women. Through the generosity of supporters from around the world, the Tibetan Nuns Project supports and educates over 700 Tibetan nuns living in northern India.

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mrs. Rinchen Khando Choegyal

Keywords

Self-reported

Tibet, Buddhism, India, women, education, refugee, human rights, international, Tibetan Buddhist nuns

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EIN

68-0327175

 Number

5662850095

Physical Address

815 Seattle Blvd. S #216

Seattle, WA 98134

Also Known As

TNP

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Rights (R24)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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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The Tibetan Nuns Project supports the basic livelihood and education of refugee nuns from all lineages of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Over the past three decades, the Tibetan Nuns Project has built two new nunneries and developed programs and projects that serve as models for the monastic community. The Project provides education in traditional values and philosophy, as well as the essential skills and knowledge needed to function in the modern world. The project works to establish a role for ordained women as teachers and leaders comparable to that of monks.

Three major accomplishments of the Tibetan Nuns Project are:

1. OPENING ACCESS TO THE HIGHEST DEGREES OF THEIR RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS TO NUNS
2. PROVIDING SHELTER, FOOD, EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE TO OVER 700 NUNS
3. SPONSORING AN ANNUAL MONTH-LONG INTERNUNNERY DEBATE SESSION THAT BRINGS TOGETHER HUNDREDS OF NUNS FROM MULTIPLE NUNNERIES IN INDIA AND NEPAL

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

Sponsorship

The Tibetan Nuns Project is based in the Dharamsala region of northern India. Our sponsorship program supports over 700 nuns from all religious orders of Tibetan Buddhism in eight different nunneries. We also support nuns living on their own and retreat and provide special educational assistance to small nunneries in different parts of the Himalayan region. We have established Dolma Ling, a nonsectarian nunnery and educational institute, and Shugsep Nunnery for women practicing a special Nyingma lineage tradition.

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. To provide equality of access to education for the nuns so that they can receive the highest degrees, equivalent to a PhD, and become teachers and leaders in their communities.
    2. To continue to grow and provide stable funding to the annual inter-nunnery debate, the Jang Gonchoe, the month-long event at which over 200 nuns from India and nepal take part and which is now a core part of their monastic education.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Tibetan Nuns Project was established three decades ago to support nuns escaping from Tibet in search of religious and educational freedom.  Today, the Tibetan Nuns Project provides facilities and programs to educate, empower, and improve the overall status of ordained Tibetan women. Through the generosity of supporters from around the world, the Tibetan Nuns Project supports and educates over 700 Tibetan nuns living in northern India.

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Tibetan Nuns Project
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31

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Operations

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Tibetan Nuns Project

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Rinchen Khando Choegyal

BIO

Mrs. Rinchen Khando Choegyal is Minister of Education in the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in India and TNP Director. She was the first president of the Tibetan Women's Association and has also served as Minister of Heath and Home in the Tibetan Government. Born in Tibet, she fled to India in 1959. She is married to Ngari Rinpoche, youngest brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Elizabeth Napper Ph.D.

Tibetan Nuns Project

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity