THE AMITABHA FOUNDATION INC

Aptos, CA   |  amitabhafoundation.us

Mission

The mission of the Amitabha Foundation is to establish and maintain an organization through which interested individuals can promote the survival and prosperity of Tibetan culture; provide humanitarian relief to Tibetans worldwide; learn about Tibetan art, language, philosophy and rituals; and study and practice Tibetan Buddhism.

Ruling year info

1988

President

Mr. Roy Robinson

Main address

P.O. Box 2572

Aptos, CA 95001 USA

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EIN

95-4111288

NTEE code info

Buddhist (X50)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Tibetan Refugee Sponsorship

Sponsoring the education and support of Tibetan children, disabled adults and elders.

Population(s) Served

Support for a rural clinic, health care staff and community health educators; distribution of clean birthing kits in Rima, Tibet

Population(s) Served

Buddhist Temple and Retreat Center

Population(s) Served

Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, South India

Population(s) Served

Buddhist retreat center and temple in Bodhgaya, India

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of mothers who took daily multivitamins/folic acid in the month prior to pregnancy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Safe Childbirth in Tibet

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Prenatal vitamins are given to all pregnant women as part of our Clean Birthing Kits, used for home deliveries and to prepare women for hospital birth. 100-150 women each year receive vitamins.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Amitabha Foundation's goals are (1) to promote the survival and prosperity of Tibetan people and culture by providing humanitarian relief to Tibetans worldwide; and (2) to provide opportunities to learn about Tibetan art, language, philosophy, and to study and practice Tibetan Buddhism.

We have two main strategies to meet our goals.

(1) To promote the survival and prosperity of Tibetan people and culture we raise and distribute funds to families and individuals for education, general support, and earthquake relief and repair. We also raise funds for the construction and maintenance of monasteries, temples and retreat centers in Nepal, India and Tibet.

(2) To provide opportunities to learn about Tibetan art, language, philosophy, and to study and practice Tibetan Buddhism, we maintain a center in Rochester, New York and sponsor teachings by Tibetan lamas in locations around the USA.

We have a mailing list using of over 3,600 students interested in Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism and the teaching lineage of our founder, His Eminence Chöje Ayang Rinpoche, which we use to disseminate information about teaching schedules and to raise funds for our projects. We also raise funds using various social media platforms, including GlobalGiving, Facebook, AmazonSmile, as well as our two websites, amitabhafoundation.us and ayangrinpoche.org.

A group of students from the Amitabha Foundation and related professional organizations travels to Tibet annually to provide resources and training to health care providers at our clinic.

We host teachings, retreats, discussion groups and other activities to introduce students and provide opportunities for them to practice Tibetan Buddhism.

Our annual evaluations in Tibet indicate a steady decline in maternal and infant mortality since we began working in the area in 2004. We have trained 25 Community Health Educators, who provide safe home childbirth messages to families; as well as 2 clinic doctors and a clinic midwife who provide daily health care to a village of approximately 10,000 nomad residents.

We raised funds to sponsor the construction of several retreat cottages and the purchase of statues and ritual objects for the Amitabha Foundation temple and retreat center in Nepal, which was consecrated in 2013. Since then we have raised significant funds to repair the temple damage caused by the Earthquake in 2014 and to provide humanitarian relief to Tibetans and Nepali impacted by that disaster.

We have found sponsors and helped with the education and support of nearly 100 Tibetan refugees living in India, Nepal and Bhutan since our sponsorship program began in 1995.

Financials

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Operations

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THE AMITABHA FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 9/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ayang Rinpoche

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • 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? No