Liquid Spark Foundation, Inc. was formally registered as a North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation in February 2018. We applied for 501C3 status in April 2018 and received it in May 2018! We were created specifically to offer a tax-deductible way for USA citizens to sponsor young Tibetan women students to attend college from poor Tibetan areas within China. Founder Julie Thorner started Liquid Spark Foundation after three years of volunteer marketing consulting on responsible tourism to Tibetan and Chinese entrepreneurs. When her Tibetan tourism colleague – Tsering Tso (now a Director on our non-profit board) mentioned the need to help sponsor young Tibetans to go to college – Julie wanted to help. She learned that the cost of college in China is a fraction of what we pay here in the USA, at approximately US $1000 per year! She privately sponsored a young Tibetan woman from a large nomadic family to finish her last 2 years of Traditional Tibetan Medical School training in Chengdu, China from fall 2015 to spring 2017 when her family fell on hard times and couldn’t afford to keep her in school.
Tsering Tso is a bridge-builder in her home region of Amdo, eastern Tibet and knows of many young Tibetans wanting to go to college who cannot afford to go. Liquid Spark Foundation is one channel to help connect USA-based sponsors to Tibetan students using a formal non-profit structure.
Please refer to our Become A Sponsor to learn more about our Education Sponsorship Program and our nascent Dhamo Nunnery Support Program.