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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 education challenges, and to share their inspiring stories.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 35 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, it has been a great honor to assist The Nobelity Project and the founders, Christy and Turk Pipkin in the impactful and varied work that TNP is involved in around the world. Education and connecting people globally through education has been a main focus of TNP and seeing the empowerment in the faces of those whose communities have benefited AND those who have donated and volunteered, is an amazing example of how working together globally and locally make a difference in so many lives. TNP also assists other non-profits doing important work around the world, by making award-winning films which help those groups fund-raise and gain visibility for their projects. Schools, libraries, clean water systems, tree planting and incredible documentary films, these and many other projects have been accomplished in less than ten years because of the integrity of TNP and the founders, and their dedication to efficient use of funds, and hands-on community volunteers working together to accomplish life-changing goals, in the US and abroad.


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Donor

Rating: 5

The Nobelity Project & its remarkable staff & Board work tirelessly to spread friendship and hope across oceans, and right here at home whether it is building schools, planting tress or providing clean water. I have seen firsthand the impact they have made on entire communities. You can see it in the faces of the children who run gleefully to Turk and Christy because they see two caring people who believe in them & their future. We share a common belief that we are all connected, and that if you help one person, you save a world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited the Nobelity Project's school projects in Kenya and was deeply affected by seeing the positive impact on the lives of local children and their families. Nobelity is very efficient in use of donated funds, does a great job of partnering with other non profits to achieve the greatest impact and takes a caring and personal approach to all of its projects. Through all of its varied activities, the Nobelity project shows how we can all be involved in making change happen 'One Peace at a Time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Nobelity Foundation does a lot of things right, and their approach of bringing projects to life through documentary films is definitely unique, but there are two things that really stand out for me. One is fact that the founders and leaders really want people to get directly involved and see for themselves the impact that Nobelity and its volunteers have. Nobelity encourages and facilitates visiting their projects and meeting the people who benefit from them. That had a big impact on me, and gives me a greater sense of involvement and connection. More non-profits ought to think this way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a social worker (and a Board Member) and have worked in non-profit agencies for over 30 yrs., and I can say that Nobelity is truly unique and quite incredible. It's reach goes from Austin to Bastrop to Kenya to Costa Rica, and on and on. They have found the secret(s) to really successful high impact local and global non-profit work! The staff is small and highly talented (think, Turk and Christy Pipkin!). They leverage their work on many levels through their incredibly artistic and poignant films (Nobelity) to the partnerships they've developed in Kenya to build schools and develop clean water, to providing rebult donated wheelchairs in Costa Rica. They have successfully raised money for their work from their friends, famililes, musician, celebrities, middle schoolers and people who are new to, "giving to a cause." Since they are small and so "hands on" the vast majority of what they raise goes directly to serving their local and global initiatives. Their message, their work and their films will have an everlasting impact.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I completely believe in and support the work of The Nobelity Project. I was fortunate to see firsthand the change their work is making in the lives of Kenyans. I took part in a trip to visit the schools they are supporting with new buildings, libraries, clean running water systems, equipment and books.. the list goes on and on! These folks are making a difference in the world and I am honored to be associated with Turk and Christy Pipkin. Their film work is what drew me in initially and their commitment and love for what they are doing is what motivates me to keep donating and encouraging others to give. Turk and Christy (and wonderful support staff) are making a lasting impact on the world, I have seen it in the smiles of the children who are getting a better education and life because of this work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became a donor after meeting the founders and watching the amazing movies they made of their work around the world benefiting children and education. I was also very impressed with the extremely low amount of money they spend to run the organization, which I believe should be an important criteria for all donors.

The impact this organization has had on the lives of so many is truly inspirational. Not only have they done significant work in Kenya, but also right here in Texas and in other cities around the U.S. Christy and Turk Pipkin are wonderful role models for making a difference in so many ways.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Turk and Christy Pipkin have created an amazing educational and action non-profit called the Nobelity Project. They have worked in the US and abroad on educational outreach and other development projects, collaborating with Nobel laureates and other key leaders around the globe. They developed the Nobelity in Schools program working with teachers to engage their students with key issues of global importance as they face the future. I am a teacher, and learned about their work after seeing the films they have produced (Nobelity, One Peace At A Time, Building Hope). I began working with my students to raise funds for supplies for a new school the Nobelity Project was building in Kenya. (Their Kenya Schools Fund is being used to build fully equipped schools in rural areas, and includes bringing clean water systems to these areas). The Nobelity Project inspired my students (and me) to take action, as we all realized that the only way to bring about change is to get up and do something, no matter how small that "something" might be. If we all take small steps, we make a difference along the path to change. My students were inspired to make a short film, including original lyrics and music, with messages of simple acts they could do (as kids who cannot yet vote) to make a difference in the world. The ripple effect of the Nobelity Project was huge. One of my students created a powerful independent study project on water use that raised awareness about conservation to new heights among students and faculty alike. My students raised money to buy books for the new Mahiga Hope school in Kenya by selling twin sets of friendship bracelets they had made; the buyer kept one and the other was sent to a new friend in Kenya. The students were inspired to get to know the kids in Kenya, and wrote letters telling about games they played, books they liked, and about family and school life. In return, we received letters that explained the culture of Kenya, and learned that we are not so different in our hopes, dreams, and goals in life. Global connections such as those provided by the Nobelity Project made it possible to learn about another culture and build relationships - it is this level of understanding across cultures that hopefully brings about more tolerance as we find we are more the same than we are different; my students gained a sense of self on a global scale, and I hope that understanding will carry with them for the rest of their lives. The Nobelity Project works tirelessly on projects here in the States as well as overseas, and are a living example of an organization set to bring about global change, One Peace At A Time!! I have been moved by their full-time dedication to making a difference in the world, inspiring others to do the same, and know that I will continue to try to set an example for my students and family as I continue to look for ways to help our global community. I rate the non-profit Nobelity Project "Five Stars."