Endowment

An endowment gift is a special opportunity to build a strong future for Tibetan nuns living in exile in northern India.

No matter what the future of Tibet holds, you can help these dedicated and courageous women to preserve their culture and spiritual traditions. Endowment gifts make a secure future and expanded opportunities possible.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we have already established several endowment funds that you can contribute to, or if you wish, you could start your own fund with a specific purpose.

We ask that, if you are starting your own fund, that the minimum gift is $5000. Your gift will be invested for the long term, and the annual interest from your gift is distributed according to the terms you have established.

Benefits of an Endowment Gift to the Tibetan Nuns Project

  • You delight in the joy of giving.
  • An endowment gift is visionary and is a statement of hope and compassion.
  • It creates and meaningful legacy for you and your family.
  • An endowment gift is an act of faith in the future of the nuns and their path in the world.
  • You can name an endowment as a memorial legacy.
  • You receive a charitable donation receipt for the full amount.

Here is a list of our current endowment funds that you may contribute any amount to or you can start your own with a gift of $5000 or more:

1. Tibetan Nuns Project General Endowment Fund

This endowment fund allows the Tibetan Nuns Project to allocated funds wherever the need is greatest. Among other things, this fund will allow the Tibetan Nuns Project to expand and improve educational and self-sufficiency programs, update and increase educational and source materials for existing nunneries, and assist with special training programs and new programs.

2. Nuns’ Comprehensive Study Program Fund – Dolma Ling Nunnery

This endowment will support a nun at Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute through her full course of study. Her educational program will include traditional Buddhist philosophy and debate as well as modern courses in Tibetan language, English, basic mathematics, computer skills, and basic medical training. The nuns also receive training in the ritual arts such as the making of sand mandalas and butter sculptures.

Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute is unique because it is the first institute of its kind dedicated to higher Buddhist studies for ordained women, supporting all Tibetan Buddhist traditions – Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug. Nuns who complete their studies often take teaching-training courses and serve as educators in the nunneries and throughout the Tibetan-exile community.

3. Nuns Comprehensive Study Program Fund – Shugsep Nunnery

This endowment will support a nun at Shugsep Nunnery and Institute through her full course of study, including courses in Buddhist philosophy, debate, Tibetan language and English. Shugsep nuns follow the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and have a rich history of illustrious female practitioners in Tibet. A special practice of the Shugsep nuns is the Chöd ritual, which focuses on severing worldly attachments by imagining satisfying the needs of all living beings by offering up oneself. Nuns who have completed their academic careers at Shugsep Nunnery are now teaching Buddhist philosophy, doing administrative work for the nunnery and devoting themselves to learning English and the ritual arts.

4. Teacher Salaries Endowment Fund

An endowment to support 10 teachers’ salaries for remote nunneries that are starting education programs for their nuns and for additional teachers as needed.

5. Jang Gonchoe Endowment Fund

An endowment in support of the annual inter-nunnery debate, the Jang Gonchoe, would support the participation each year of 185 nuns from multiple nunneries to attend the month-long debating session. This includes transportation, housing and food costs. Mastery of debate is essential for the nuns’ education and necessary for them to become leaders and teachers in the Buddhist tradition.

How you can make a gift:

1. Cash, check or credit card gifts
Cash gifts may be made by through our online donation page, or by phone at 1-206-652-8901 or by mailing a check payable to the Tibetan Nuns Project to this address: Tibetan Nuns Project, 815 Seattle Boulevard South, Suite 216, Seattle, WA 98134 USA. Whether you give online, by phone or by check, please indicate the specific fund or funds you wish to contribute to.

2. Gifts of Stock or Securities
Donating appreciated securities to the Tibetan Nuns Project is easy. If your securities are held “in street name” with your broker, you can send your broker a letter of authorization to transfer (not sell) shares of specific stock(s) to the Tibetan Nuns Project main brokerage account. Your instructions should specify your account number, the date by which you wish to complete the gift transfer, the name and number of shares you would like to donate and the purpose of your gift (e.g. General Endowment Fund, etc.). Please contact us for our broker information by calling 1-206-652-8901 or emailing info@tnp.org.

3. Legacy Gifts
A gift in your will can transform the lives of the nuns and help further the mission of the Tibetan Nuns Project. A bequest gift can be a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or the entire “residue” of your property. Ask your lawyer to include a provision in your Will to make a gift to the Tibetan Nuns Project Endowment Funds (please specify the type of Fund). We suggest the following language for your Will:
“I [name] of [city, state] give, devise, and bequeath to the Tibetan Nuns Project, a not-for-profit organization (tax ID #68-0327175), [specific amount, percentage of estate, or property description] for [purpose].”
For more on legacy gifts, see our Legacies of Compassion information and booklet.

4. A Gift of Life Insurance or Retirement Assets
You can name the Tibetan Nuns Project as the beneficiary of a portion or all of a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or IRA, and designate your gift to support any of the Tibetan Nuns Project Endowment Funds. Such a gift may allow you to provide a larger contribution than you may otherwise feel capable of making at any given time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 206-652-8901 or email us at info@tnp.org.

Gifts to the Tibetan Nuns Project are tax deductible in the United States. Canadian donors can receive a tax receipt for their gifts to the TIbetan Nuns Project by giving via our Tibetan Nuns Project Giving Group at the Chimp Foundation. Chimp Foundation also accepts gifts of publicly traded securities to support the Tibetan Nuns Project. Contact Chimp Foundation at 1-877-531-0580.