Shedrub Development Fund

“A thousand candles can be lit from a single candle…” – The Buddha


Shedrub Development Fund (SDF) was established by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche in 2005. The purpose of SDF is to support the activities of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery by providing funding for monasteries, nunneries, retreat centers, education and sustainable projects, related to these activities, around the world.

Since its founding, SDF has supported over 30 projects providing over $5 million in funding for a wide range of projects. From building and restoring monasteries to supporting retreat centers, study programs and social work projects, SDF works in partnership with local organizations to bring about meaningful and sustainable change in support of dharma activities.

A five-person Board of Directors oversees the management of the Fund. The current officers are:

  • Tom Lesser, President
  • Andreas Doctor, Treasurer
  • Gregory Whiteside, Secretary
  • Kathleen Morris, Member
  • Carrie Sengelman, Member

The Fund further maintains an Advisory Board to provide guidance on the growth, management and use of the Fund and to help promote its purposes to a wider audience. Its current members are:

  • Richard C. Blum
  • Richard Gere
  • Dr. Daniel Goleman

The legal representative and incorporator of the Fund is:

Tom Lesser
c/o Lesser, Newman, Souweine & Nasser
39 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

As a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, all donations made to SDF are tax-deductible in the US.

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