Implementing Partner Organizations
The Bridge Fund is currently managing and implementing a 5 year integrated development program to preserve cultural heritage and improve sustainable livelihoods in ethnic Tibetan communities in China. This program is operated through The Bridge Fund and its partners
The Smithsonian Institution (SI), established in 1846 for the increase and diffusion of knowledge, is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States Government. The vision of the SI is to shape the future by preserving our heritage, discover new knowledge, and share our resources with the world. This is achieved by working across art, history, culture, science, and education in more than 130 countries around the world. The Bridge Fund is working with the SI’s Office of International Relations (OIR), which serves as the central point for institution-wide advice, insight, analysis, and coordination of all international activities of the institution. SI is actively involved in implementing high level programs that promote the protection of Tibetan culture and identity at the national and global level. Their programs enable local Tibetan communities to use their cultural heritage as a tool in their economic development.
Aid to Artisans (ATA) creates opportunities for low-income artisans around the world to build profitable businesses inspired by handmade traditions. ATA offers access to new markets, business training, eco-effective processes and design innovation through a network of partners to promote sustainable growth and community well-being. ATA has spent 40 years creating economic opportunities for over 100,000 artisans in more than 110 countries where their livelihoods, communities and craft traditions are at risk.
ATA provides target services and support to Artisan communities in The Bridge Fund focal areas to improve quality of artisan crafts and handwork, improve environmental and social standards in workshops and support the development and growth of artisan businesses to increase economic opportunities for Tibetan artisans.
UNESCO is an international organization with a long history of working in China. China is one of UNESCO’s 193 member states, and joined UNESCO at its inception in 1946. In China, UNESCO also provides technical assistance on site restoration, culturally appropriate community development projects, and works with ethnic minorities to preserve their cultural traditions. UNESCO is actively involved with The Bridge Fund in preserving traditional Tibetan arts that are at risk of being lost, through the implementation of innovative media projects that permanently record important cultural traditions, including the collection and recording of traditional music. UNESCO is also leading a cultural mapping program with The Bridge Fund, with the objective to increase the capacity of Tibetans in preserving their heritage.
GoodWeave aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry and to replicate its market-based approach in other sectors. GoodWeave currently operates in six countries – the weaving communities of Afghanistan, India, and Nepal, and in the consumer countries of Germany, the UK and the United States. By building both the supply and demand for child-labor-free rugs, GoodWeave has catalyzed a profound shift in the marketplace.
GoodWeave is currently running a program with The Bridge Fund, which has the anticipated outcomes to to establish a standard for socially and environmentally sustainable textile production in China; production of export-ready certified rugs from the Tibetan Plateau; increased sales of Tibetan rugs in key export markets (including Asia, Europe and US); and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and improved working conditions for Tibetan nomadic communities.
The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise of the Aspen Institute (AI) was launched as a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Aspen Institute. The Alliance is a collaborative effort of artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, foundations, government and multilateral agencies, and individuals working to support the full potential of artisan enterprise around the world. The Alliance leverages the collective strength of its members to break down barriers commonly faced in the artisan sector. The Alliance’s community of members and partners envisions a world in which artisans are fully integrated into global commerce and where increasing revenues flow to artisan producers in communities in need of economic opportunity. The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise of AI is currently working with The Bridge Fund and other partners to identify and match artisan enterprises with market opportunities, including participation in both regional and international fairs and markets, with members in their network, and with other companies that are working with artisans.
TBF has built strong partnerships with the following organizations:
Right Livelihood Fund
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
TBF is a member of:
International Network for Engaged Buddhists, INEB