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Nobelity Project

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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 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

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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."