Hinman

The Hinman Foundation’s mission is to preserve the culture and heritage of Buddhism through community development and cultural preservation projects that reflect the spirit of the Buddha’s teachings. The foundation provides grants to various Buddhist communities to improve the quality of life, strengthen sustainable initiative, and enhance access to Buddhist teachings and spaces of practice. Currently, the Hinman Foundation has projects in Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), India, Mongolia, Nepal, Tibet and the United States.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Bhutan

Since 2009, the Hinman Foundation has provided several grants to support the restoration of the historic Buddhist temple in Shangkar, Bhutan. The Hinman Foundation also supports the Bhutan Nuns Foundation which was established to provide Bhutanese women with improved living conditions and access to education to promost socio-economic development.

hinman bhutan

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Burma

The Hinman Foundation launched an online campaign to help raise funds for one of their partners in Burma to help buy a rice milling machine for a Buddhist monastic school to help the school feed itself and generate income for ongoing school costs. Since 2011, the Hinman Foundation has made grants directly to monasteries and nunneries to help support education and community development and alleviate poverty.

hinman burma

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

India

The Hinman Foundation has supported the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center since 2004 in its construction of a stupa, a place of worship that contains Buddhist relics, in Shravasti, India. The stupid is a representation of the Buddha and a permanent offering bringing merit to the world, “The Miracle Stupa is intended to last a thousand years, radiating the energy of love and compassion to all beings.” The Hinman Foundation also helped build the Orygen Samye Chokhor Ling Nunnery in Sarnath, India. The nunnery is a manifestation f the Venerable Khenpo’s commitment to providing equal access to education for both women and men.

hinman india

 

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Mongolia

In 2007, the Hinman Foundation made a grant to the Foundation for the Perservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a non-profit organization established in 1999 to help the resurgence of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia. The FPMT provides integrated education to help students achieve the highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. In an effort to share information about traditional Mongolian artists, the Hinman Foundation supported a grant to enable the curation of a photo exhibit, Mongol Visions: Winged Horses and Shamanic Skies – Contemporary Masters from the Land of Chinggis Khaan, held at Tibet House in New York in 2011.

hinman mongolia

 

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Nepal 

he Hinman Foundation helped support the creation and publication of unique historical documentation of the Tibetan refugee situation in Nepal. Caught in Nepal: Tibetan Refugees Photographing Tibetan Refugees is a photography book that documents the daily lives of Tibetan refugees in Nepal. It is both a historical document and cultural commentary. The photographs were taken exclusively by the refugees.

The project began in 2009 as a collaboration between the Foundation and the author and activist Mikel Dunham, when ten inexpensive digital cameras were given to refugees in Nepal. None of the recipients had ever owned cameras and only three exhibited any knowledge or experience with photographic equipment. They were empowered to use these cameras to capture the reality of their lives in Nepal. This includes lack of legal status, denial of the right to own property or business, inability to register births or marriages, and inadequate education.

hinman nepal

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Tibet

The Foundation began working with the Samye Monastery in 2006. The Monastery serves as a place of practice and education. The architectural design of this space has strong roots and symbolism in the practice of Buddhism, and its preservation has a symbolic as well as practical value for Vajrayana Buddhism. The project included replacing molded, rotten, and broken pillars that provided structural support to both the core of the monastery and the inner chapels. The chapels are used for both meditation and as a sacred place for pilgrims to make offerings, making this reconstruction a critical priority for the community.

hinman tibet

 

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The United States

The Hinman Foundation is committed to supporting the manifestation and sharing of traditional Buddhist culture in the United States. It seeks to support initiatives to provide space for meditative practice, cultural exchange and engagement, and meaningful dialogue about Buddhist principles.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If you are interested in learning even more about the Hinman Foundation you can visit http://www.hinmanfoundation.org

hinman_logo_tag_2

Kiva Logo

 

Microfinance is a financial service to low-income individuals or to those that do not have typical banking service to provide them with small loans. It is based on the idea that these individuals are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty with a little help and support.

“We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. ” -Kiva.org

How Kiva Works, Simplified
1. The borrower meets with a Field Partner and asks for a loan
2. The Field Partner disburses a loan
3. The field Partner uploads the loan request to Kiva and it is reviewed, then published on Kiva.org
4. Kiva lends the loan request and sends the funds to the Field Partner
5. The borrower makes repayments and the Field Partner sends funds owe to Kiva. Kiva repays the lenders.
6. The Lenders can make another loan, donate to Kiva, or withdraw the money to their PayPal account

“70% of all lenders choose to make another loan!”

As of now, the total amount of money that has been lent through Kiva is over $350 Million. There are over a million Kiva users, and Kiva Field Partners are located in 66 countries around the world.

 

To learn more about Kiva you can visit http://www.Kiva.org

Since we are the NonProfit Monitor, I wanted to start having weekly blogs on various nonprofits throughout the nation. Whether they be education, environment or disaster aid organizations, there will be a variety to read about!

Image

Children Beyond Our Borders (CBOB) is an international nonprofit that was founded by a young group of students in 2003 at the University of Florida to work with underprivileged and internally displaced children in Latin America. These students were a part of the Colombian Student Association and felt the need to give back to their homeland, thus, out of the community service committee they started this nonprofit to use Education as an Empowerment tool “to help cultivate a world of Peace, Justice, and Equal Opportunity” to help alleviate the pains from the internal strife in Colombia.

CBOB has now grown to be internationally recognized 501(c)(3) organization and has two major programs. These programs are the Nuevos Horizontes program and the I AM CBOB Scholarship. Nuevos Horizontes is an e-mentoring and vocational program that seeks to help at-risk youth gain important entrepreneurial skills that they can transfer to their chosen career paths. “Our students have learned to break boundaries and push themselves toward goals they once thought unreachable.” The I AM CBOB Scholarships consists of applicants that have completed the Nuevos Horizontes program and are pursuing a college education. If chosen, these scholarship recipients receive an all-expense paid college education. The funds go towards tuition, transportation, food, books, etc. The scholars have many personal stories to share that illustrate what has led them to their pursuance of higher education.

Currently, CBOB has begun a new campaign called “What does Education mean to you?”. This campaign seeks to find the value of education towards all individuals, whether you be a teacher, student, entrepreneur, scientist, etc. CBOB wants to know how YOU value education. To see more about this photo campaign and what people have been saying, click HERE.

If you’re interested in learning more about CBOB, participating in the photo campaign, or supporting the Nuevos Horizontes and I AM CBOB Scholarship programs, you can click the embedded links above or visit http://www.chbob.org.

Image

Stay tuned for many more inspirational nonprofits! Have a lovely Tuesday.

In recent presidential debates, the topic of unemployment came up quite a bit and for good reason. However, is the task of creating jobs limited to the public and private sector? What about the nonprofit sector? A Nonprofit is an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals and missions rather than using revenues for profits or dividends. Nonprofits usually have goals that are oriented towards public service and the well-being of a specific cause. But can organizations that do not make profits be sustainable? The answer thus far has been yes, to date there are roughly 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. If you’re unsure if you know about any nonprofits, I can assure you that you know at least one. Well-known nonprofits include Habitat for Humanity, Girls Scouts, Amnesty International, the NRA, and Red Cross.

According to CNN, the nonprofit sector employs about 1 in 10 Americans and has become the third largest labor force behind retail trade and manufacturing. In the past decade, the nonprofit sector has grown at an average rate of 2% while the for-profit sector has shrunk by about 0.6%. Some reasons for this may be that nonprofits are resilient, but also that unlike for profit organizations, nonprofits can be more flexible and also sustain some type of government funding. Nonprofits are great for all types of people with varying skills because like any other big corporation, nonprofits need managers, human resource professionals, graphic designers, educators, social workers, grant writers, volunteers, accountants, and many more positions, and more times than not nonprofits are looking for dedication and passion. With this variety of job positions, it is no wonder that nonprofits are able to employ so many people. A study conducted by John Hopkins University concluded that the reason why nonprofits have registered a higher employment rate is because these organizations are active in a variety of fields; this sector encompasses all fields ranging from health to education to the environment.

The lingering questions then must be, how do employees get paid? It is true that nonprofits don’t earn any money at the end of a fiscal year, but this is because this money is spent on the organization’s programs as well as its employees. Nonprofits gain funding in many ways such as federal and local grants, donations, foundation funding, fundraising events, and in some cases nonprofits create and sell a product such as the Livestrong bracelets. So if you are currently seeking employment, or know someone who is, maybe consider the endless list of nonprofits in the United States today. You can both gain networking, experience, skills you may not have considered before, and most important something you are happy to dedicate yourself to.

Hurricane Sandy has been one of the largest storms that has hit the Northern East Coast in years. While many were prepared for the storm, many people were not prepared for what the storm would leave. Sandy was at first classified as a tropical storm when it made its way up the East Coast from the Caribbean. However, when reaching the northern East Coast, Sandy because a dangerous storm that spanned almost 1,000 miles. In some states where the weather was colder, Sandy created even larger snowstorms and covered areas with up to 2 feet of snow. In other areas such as New York and New Jersey, rains flooded the area, taking out power lines, trees, and even filling the New York Subway system. In the DMV area, major transportation was shut down and schools cancelled. This hurricane that landed in late October also had its effects on the Presidential election that was to come on November 6. Many campaigns were cancelled as areas were put under evacuation and warning and President Obama took a short hiatus to deal with the storm.

It has been a little over two weeks since the storm, and where has this left the country?

Today many organizations have created relief efforts for those affected by Sandy. The Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation (HSRF) is a non 501(c)3 Non Profit that was founded on October 30, 2012 by victims for the victims. The HSRF are people of the communities hit by the hurricane who saw that they themselves and their neighbors needed help. Thus, they provided resources to local shelters in the area and volunteered to clean up debris and rebuild their own communities. Another organization called Hope for New York was founded with the mission “to provide volunteer and financial resources to organizations serving the poor and marginalized of New York City. Today, they have created a relief effort for those in New York City by helping to channel volunteers who want to donate their time and give them opportunities within the local areas to help clean up, donate, etc. The American Red Cross is currently created a fund to gain financial donation to provide shelter, food, emotional support, and other assistance to victims of the storm. Along with the organizations listed above, there have been many more that are currently assisting in efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief and it is a wonderful thing to see people reaching out and helping others in need.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

-Anne Frank

(MFAN) In an attempt to address the age-old deficiencies in the US government’s record of foreign aid, Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) has called on his fellow representatives to look past their political differences to rewrite the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. Berman, who is a Ranking Member in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, revealed such sentiments in a post to the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network blog on July 25.

“In this tight budget environment, one thing that can unite Democrats and Republicans is a commitment to make our foreign assistance programs more efficient and more effective” he notes in the entry.  “We may have differing views on how much aid to provide and to which countries, but we should all agree to deliver aid in a way that reaches the intended beneficiaries and achieves its desired objectives,” he continues. While Berman admits that certain steps to improve the system have taken place including President Obama’s recent issuance of the Policy Directive on Global Development and the implementation of the Administrator Shah’s “USAID Forward” reform agenda, he emphasizes that the current act is outdated and unfitting for the country’s current political situation.

Berman explains, “It’s an architecture developed during the Cold War to address the problems of the 20th century. Furthermore, “All too often, new laws have been written to circumvent it entirely, exacerbating the problems of fragmentation, duplication, and lack of coordination.”

In light of this, the Congressman revealed in the post that he plans to release a discussion draft of his rewrite in September that should serve as a catalyst for change to the Act. “Although foreign assistance accounts for less than 1 percent of our national budget, we must insist that every penny is used wisely,” he concludes.

(Bloomberg) In an unforeseen announcement last week, the Internal Revenue Service stated that it has officially halted any consideration of enforcing gift taxes on large contributions made to nonprofit political advocacy groups. The decision came as a shock to many as reports of an initial probe surfaced just last May when IRS officials sent letters to five specific donors notifying them that their contributions to such groups were subject to federal gift taxes of up to 35%.

News of the potential tax had set off a flurry of speculation that the IRS might be cracking down on what has become an increasingly popular form of campaign advertisement funding.  In fact, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, nonprofit groups, many of them 501(c)4s, disclosed nearly $300 million in spending on the 2010 midterm election campaigns.

Although advocacy nonprofits have existed for years, Derek Willis explains in his blog for the New York Times that they have been greater investigated since the Supreme Court decided in 2010 to lower barriers to corporate spending on political campaigns following the Citizens United case. In fact, “The I.R.S. clarified the applicability of the gift tax to contributions to such groups in a 1982 ruling, but media reports and tax experts have noted that enforcement has been rare,” and after the case in late 2010, the agency announced that it would give 501(c)(4) groups greater scrutiny in the future,” he continues.

Some have questioned the timing of the gift tax proposition as the 2012 presidential election looms and speculated whether its sudden consideration is due to pressure from the White House. Kelly Philip Erb for Forbes importantly emphasizes in her blog, “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the majority of those dollars appear to have been directed to organizations supporting candidates who ultimately won seats in 2010.”  She continues, “And that makes a number of folks, including key Congressional officials, wonder whether the investigation into those contributions was politically motivated.”

While entirely denying such accusations, IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, Steven T. Miller, hinted in a memo on the agency’s website that while suspended, the investigation has not been fully terminated and may continue at a later time. He cautions, however, that “this is a difficult area with significant legal, administrative and policy implications with respect to which we have little enforcement history.”