Through compassionate giving and service, The Sogan Foundation aspires to bring hope and opportunity to those most in need.

Welcome to the online home of The Sogan Foundation, a humanitarian non-profit foundation. TSF was founded in 2004 in the Bay Area of northern California by Ven. Sogan Rinpoche with the support of his students and friends in the local community and around the world.

TSF's projects are concerned with addressing the roots of poverty and the harms that so often attend it, including poor health, lack of education, degradation of the natural environment and a community sense of isolation and disempowerment.

Kunsel Kyetsal school, 2008

Kunsel Kyetsal School

A new school facility for native Tibetan teenagers who need a modern education to sustain hope for a brighter future for themselves and their communities
In 2004, in partnership with local officials and community leaders, The Sogan Foundation (TSF) began work on establishing The Tibetan Institute for Science and Technology (now called Kunsel Kyetsal) in response to a critical lack of educational opportunities for Tibetan teenagers in Golok. At that time there was only one Tibetan high school for all of Golok's 135,000 inhabitants, and it was poorly furnished and in dilapidated condition.

Local leaders envisioned a spacious new building – with fully equipped, modern classrooms – where secondary school students could receive training in the sciences and information technologies in their native Tibetan language. They approached Golok native Sogan Rinpoche with their plan and in response Rinpoche started The Sogan Foundation in 2004.

Kunsel Kyetsal, the science and technology school facility in Golok was TSF's first project. The building was completed in 2007 and since then has welcomed a new class of students every fall. To learn more about Kunsel Kyetsal and see photos of construction, the festive inauguration in 2007 and its hardworking students and teachers, click

Bayan water project, 2010

Bayan Water Project

Clean, accessible drinking water for Tibetans living in a new settlement for retired nomads near the monastery on Bayan Mountain
In keeping with a centuries-old tradition of caring for elderly nomads in Golok, in 2007 a small settlement for older Tibetan men and women was established near Bayan Monastery. In 2008 The Sogan Foundation agreed to fund construction of a simple water system for the fledgling Bayan senior community.

Before the new water system was installed, residents had to fill buckets with water from an unprotected spring some distance away, and haul it back along narrow dirt paths to their homes. The hike was difficult even in summer and in the icy Tibetan winters it could be treacherous.

Within a few years several dozen simple homes had been constructed. Here elderly Tibetans can leave behind the rigorous nomadic way of life and settle for the remainder of their days with the companionship of life-long friends and family and caring monks nearby to offer support.

To find out more about the Bayan senior community and how support from TSF has made their lives safer and healthier, click
Besides funding our own projects, The Sogan Foundation supports initiatives of other humanitarian organizations

In March, 2012 TSF gave $1,000 to The Sarnath International Nyingma Institute in support of its mission to serve as a bridge of goodness between East and West.

On 12/24/13 we donated $1,000 to
The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, the first Tibetan college for the exile Tibetan community in India. Its prime mission is to inspire Tibetan students to learn Tibetan language and culture as they continue to pursue further studies. The college which is located near the city of Bangalore offers a broad curriculum including science, arts, counseling and computer and information technology.

pictured below: The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education

The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education
When calamity strikes, TSF joins the international community in providing aid to those who are suffering

On April 14, 2010 a massive earthquake struck Kyigudo County (Chinese: Yushu), a sparsely inhabited region whose population is mostly Tibetan. The TSF board targeted a grant specifically for the purpose of supplying two large, insulated tents for community use. An in-depth report about the situation in Kyigudo can be found here.

Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, brought devastation to regions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines in November, 2013. Hundreds of lives were lost and survivors endured desperate conditions including lack of food, water, medical care and shelter.

The Sogan Foundation donated $1,000 to support relief efforts on behalf of those so deeply affected by this tragedy.
Ven. Sogan Rinpoche
For more about Ven. Sogan Rinpoche and his Buddhist teachings, see the website of the California dharma group, Tupten Osel Choling.
Computer lab, Kunsel Kyetsal
Visit the galleries for more images of our activities and see pictures of the Golok region of Tibet where the first two TSF projects are located.
Sogan Rinpoche in Tibet, 2012
2010-2012 TSF UPDATES
To see a series of posts and photos about TSF projects, events, our supporters and friends around the world go here.
Quake survivors in Yushu, Tibet
Survivors persevere in the face of enormous challenges. Read more about the ongoing process of recovery in Yushu here.
The mountain shown in the photo at the top of the page is Amnye Machen, one of four main holy mountains in Tibet. It is located in Golok and rises to a height of 20,605 feet (6,282 meters).