Social Services Fund

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The Social Services Fund, established to support Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization, focuses efforts primarily in India, Nepal, Tibet and Mongolia. Funds help children, the elderly, sick, and very poor through grants for schools, health clinics, soup kitchens, elderly homes, and more.

It is good for FPMT to benefit extensively sentient beings by offering various social services, such as those that bring loving kindness and peace to youth using Universal Education methods, religious interfaith activities which bring peace and happiness and extensively benefit others by spreading Dharma.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Social Services Fund Offers Support in Many Areas

Students of Sambhota Tibetan School Cauvery Valley Project, Bylakuppe, India.

Support for Children

The fund focuses on grants that support children in Nepal, India, and Mongolia that are of Tibetan, Nepali, Sherpa, and Indian heritage. Grants help poor schools in these countries and support hostels, and Tibetan refugee communities. Investing in education through schools is one way we can help break the cycle of poverty in disadvantaged areas. Since 2012, grants have been offered to seven schools providing education to over 1500 children.


The fund provides grants for health clinics in India and Mongolia, as well as offering grants hospices,  in other parts of the world. In the past the fund supported the building of an eye hospital in Tibet and provided medical aid after the Nepal earthquake in 2015.

Some of the elders of Rabgayling Tibetan Family Welfare Association, in Hunsur, India.Helping the Elderly, Refugees and Destitute

Dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those in need, particularly in India and Mongolia. With a compassionate approach, we offer grants to support projects that serve vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, the sick, and those who are extremely poor. Our grants are aimed to fund initiatives that can make an impact in local communities. This includes providing help for vital resources like health clinics, soup kitchens and for old age homes supporting elderly Tibetan refugees in India. Since 2015, the fund has offered grants to seven homes for the elderly which provide accommodation for approximately 400 elders.

Aid being provided by Sangha from Kopan Monastery just after the Nepal Earthquake in 2015.Environmental Disasters

The fund sponsors ongoing pujas, practices, and prayers to pacify the elements and protect those harmed by disasters of earth, wind, fire, and water.

The fund also provided over $2.14 million in grants for immediate relief and later rebuilding efforts after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. This was due to the kindness and generosity of so many—please rejoice! Grants were sent for basic necessities needed for survival such as food, water, tents, bedding, and medical aid to many who lost everything in remote regions. Later on, grants were given to rebuild a number of monasteries and nunneries.

Caring for Animals

Support the saving lives of animals, as well as food, shelter and medical care. The Animal Liberation Fund is also part of the activities of the Social Services Fund and you can learn more and donate directly to the Animal Liberation Fund.

————— Social Services Fund News & Updates

Rejoicing in the Support Offered to Seven Elder Homes in India in 2024

Social Services | June 14, 2024 -
Since 2016, FPMT’s Social Services Fund has been offering essential support to Tibetan refugees living in elderly homes in India and Nepal. This support includes food, medical care, and upgrades to the elderly homes. In 2024, we granted US$141,834 to … Read more »


Residents of Doeguling Elderly Home during a recent visit from His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin.

Offer your compassionate support


The Social Services Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. All donations made to the fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(C)(3) to the extent allowed by law.

For larger donations, wire transfers, or check donations, contact FPMT Donor Services.
For questions about the Social Services Fund activities, please contact the Charitable Projects Coordinator.