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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Film & Video, International, International Studies, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: In Kenya, Latin America and the U.S., our education and film partnerships build critical school infrastructure, support literacy and scholarship, and promote conservation and community service. Together we are bridging the gaps to help these communities shape a brighter future for their children and children everywhere. The Nobelity Project : Inspiring Stories, Inspired Actions

Results: 3 feature documentaries, 50 short films, over 30 community school projects in Kenya, and countless screenings of our films in US schools. Our goals for 2015 include 10 new preschools for Kenyan communities, sponsoring Kenya students to attend college, support of literacy learning in Roatan Honduras, 50,000 trees planted in fire-ravaged areas of Texas and deforested lands in Kenya, providing free service learning opportunities and lesson plans for teachers , and many more chances to tell the stories of people around the world doing good work.

Target demographics: partner communities carry out innovative solutions to local challenges, and to share their inspiring stories.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 30 community partners impacting thousands of young people and their families

Geographic areas served: Kenya, Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador, Nepal and the US

Programs: Nobelity In Action--supporting environmental, health, and education initiatives helping communities bridge the gap in funding and implementation. Nobelity In Schools--engaging US students in issues that effect their futures and providing service opportunities that prove the local acts have global impacts. Nobelity On Screen--producing short and feature length documentary films that raise people's awareness on these issues and move them to action.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mia E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Nobelity Project is a great way to get involved in supporting Education for All!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Nobelity Project as a volunteer and board member for over five years. All of my experiences with them have been extraordinary. The imagination, determination and hard work of the two founders is exceptional. The organization exceed in stewardship of funds, partnerships and community involvement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Nobelity Project is a great local organization with a strong following in Austin, but has a surprisingly broad reach. While their focus is on education, I think part of the appeal for supporters is the variation of programs in Kenya, Mexico, Honduras and here in the US. Whether you want to help provide access to clean water, help students succeed around the globe, or focus on conservation efforts - there's a NOBEL cause to get behind ;p
They work hard, throw really fun events and heed most any proposition that comes their way so long as it fits within their mission of bridging gaps towards a greater good. The folks at Nobelity prove local acts can have a global impact! It's amazing what one little nonprofit can do.

6 Hawk M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've actually heard directly from some of the people affected by the work they do in Kenya and they could not be more positive about the efforts of The Nobelity Project. That led to me becoming a donor and recently I helped them raise money for their Bikes and Books project by riding almost 750 miles across Texas. Very impressive organization

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching Nobelity grow from the roots up made a big impression on me - Austinites choosing a cause, one worlds away, finding their path, and succeeding in making an impact. Thank you, Nobelity, for inspiring a young volunteer.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Gen Y type, it is great to find an organization that addresses important issues in a way that is relevant and applicable. Powerful film coverage brings these topics into clear focus and makes it easier to understand the human stories involved.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We used The Nobelity Project film and educational materials while I was in model UN in high school. It gave us great context to discuss issues that effect us as a global population. I love that they are telling positive stories about meeting the challenges that face us all. It gives me hope.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It has been wonderful to watch the Nobelity Project grow over the years from Turk Pipkin's film Nobelity where he interviewed Nobel Prize winners to becoming hands on by building Mihaga Hope the first secondary school in a remote area of Kenya. Students who would never have had the chance are now attending college. The Nobelity Project has now helped many communities in Kenya build a school and the water systems necessary to support a school. Great work!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Nobelity Project is making a positive change globally and in the Austin area. Working for children in other areas of the world is creating positive change and connecting people in a deep, meaningful way. Their educational outreach program is incredible. Students in the US learn about social action and global competencies and participate in service lhttp://greatnonprofits.org/organizations/reviews/nobelity-project/#r_id-229698--user_id-293347earning. The students are able to understand and act on global issues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I led a group of young girls group who fundraised during each school year to earn money to travel and work at threatened habitat sites around the country for several weeks each summer. Nobelity most generously let these girls show one of their films as a fundraiser, which brought in 150 people and about $1,000 for these girls' work. Christy also came and talked about the work in a most accessible way. Nobelity is a wonderful example of a true grass roots movement - giving credence to the statement that just a few individuals can make a huge difference in the world. Thanks Nobelity for all the good work you do!

3 Melissa238

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working directly with the Founders on The Nobelity Project, and can tell you that these folks are the real deal.

Whether it be through their film making, the work that they do to build schools and help provide water for communities in Africa, or their initiative to "Replant the Park" after a devastating forest fire in Bastrop, Texas--Turk and Christy work tirelessly to help others and make a positive difference in the world.

The Nobelity documentaries and accompanying educational materials provide learner-directed opportunities for people of all ages to get smart, get involved, have fun, and change the world!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that connects people around the world to learn about and implement solutions to critical problems like education, water, the environment and healthcare. They have a large online video library, feature films and partner projects to build schools, libraries and water systems and bookmobiles.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What started out as Documentary to educate people about world issues in layman terms, “The Nobelity Project” has turned into a tireless passion to further educate children giving them opportunities never available prior to this wonderful organization. The founders, Christy and Turk Pipkin, have dedicated their lives to better the world for those who are less fortunate. Having had opportunities to visit first hand many of the schools that they have built, it is truly impressive to see a dream come true.
With collaboration of other worthy organizations Nobelity’s impact has also spread to the US. It is truly inspiring to watch and be associated with such a wonderful organization. The future is bright as they continue to spread their passion of caring and reach out across the globe to those in need.

2 Carly10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with the Nobelity Project my senior year of high school. I was taking an Independent Study class, in which I had to work closely with an individual in the industry of my choice, when Christy Pipkin's (Nobelity's co-founder) information was passed my way.
I went in for the interview and instantly felt drawn to the mission and overall culture that the Nobelity team upholds. I'll never forget that day--the natural light from the windows led me up the old wooden stairs of an office building off Congress Avenue. The Beatles were softly playing on the radio when I reached the top, only to be enthusiastically greeted by the team. That afternoon, we discussed all the work that Nobelity team does day in and day out--and that was it. I knew I was going to be part of something that makes a difference in the lives of so many people.
My love for this organization has only grown over time. It's been five years since that internship, and I still would jump on any opportunity to volunteer, donate, participate--anything, really--that Turk and Christy may need. They are amazing people, with nothing but heart, working tirelessly to see their mission through.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most incredibly nonprofit I've ever worked with. They help so many children around the globe attain the education they deserve. Their work ethic always astounds me, and the impact they continue to produce is immeasurable.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm the Founder of The Miracle Foundation, a non-profit that revolutionizes the way orphanages are run, funded and managed worldwide, starting in India. Because of that, I've had the opportunity to work hand in hand with the Nobelity Project for more than 5 years. I have been inspired by the stories they tell through film and our organization has benefitted tremendously because they featured us in their documentary, "One Peace at a Time."

I've had the distinct pleasure of getting to know the Founders very well and can personally attest to their hard work (they're some of the hardest working people I know), their ethics and their persistent and successful goal of giving a voice to people who cannot get a platform to tell their own stories.
The Nobelity Project is one of the most powerful mediums I've seen for giving a voice to the voiceless by giving them a platform to tell their story.

I've seen Nobelity documentaries inform school children of complex global issues we face today and give them ways that they can participate in solving these problems. They truly do connect hands, hearts and minds and, through story telling and hard work, inspire the hero in us all.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing non profit that I have been involved with. Because of my involvement with Nobelity Project I have not only helped their various projects but have been inspired to follow my own dreams and donate to other causes. They do a great job with their resources. The documentaries inspire me and others to take action both with them and in other ways where we live. I am grateful to be a part of the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed to get to work with on the Nobelity Project's 1000 Books for Hope project, which collected over 14,000 books for schools in Kenya. The Nobelity Project is an extrodinary organization that has positively impacted so many lives, both locally and internationally . Turk and Christy have huge hearts and it shows in the work that they do, and their support of other non-profitts. It has been such a blessing to know Turk and Christy and to be involved in The Nobelity Project . A very special organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Nobelity Project has provided key support to Seva Foudation's work in two ways. A professional video called "Let There Be Sight" about our work in Nepal funded and produced by the Nobelity Project has generated tremendous visibility for our work to prevent blindness and restore sight. The Nobelity Project is also a generous donor to Seva, having provided the seed funding to to build a new eye clinic in a remote Himalayan community in Nepal. Partnerships like this between two like-minded humanitarian organizations demonstrate the power of collaboration towards a common goal. We are grateful for their support and friendship.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have partnered with the Nobelity Project on several school/water projects in Kenya, and collaborating with them has been a highlight of our work there. They are truly experts in providing quality and realistic support for Kenyans, and they work with communities, not for them. They have a genuine appreciation for the quality and sustainability of their projects, and they carry out aid that is making a realistic long-term impact. Turk and Christy and their amazing staff operate with integrity and efficiency, and it is clear that they have a true passion for changing lives. We are proud and honored to know them and work with them.