Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota

A nonprofit organization

$4,884 raised by 54 donors

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Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM)

Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM) is a registered non-profit organization under 501 (c) (3). TAFM was formed in 1992 to aid in the resettlement of Tibetan immigrants to the state of Minnesota. The Congress under the Immigration Act of 1990 granted one thousand immigrant visas to Tibetans living in India and Nepal. With the help of a group of volunteers and American host families, 160 Tibetans were settled in the Twin Cities area in 1992-93. Over the years, with gradual re-unification of family members, the Twin Cities’ Tibetan American population increased many fold to approximately three thousand. Minnesota now has the second largest Tibetan American community in the United States. Most of the Tibetans reside in and around the areas of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Tibetan new arrivals to Minnesota under the “immigrant” status are not eligible for any public assistance funds. In fact, prospective Tibetan immigrants have to prove their self sufficiency prior to setting foot in the United States. Since their first arrival in the state of Minnesota in 1992, Tibetans have worked hard against all odds to build a thriving and exemplary community that place strong emphasis on self reliance and education.


Mission Statement:

TAFM is committed to preserving and promoting the rich Tibetan cultural and spiritual heritage under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  


Tibetan Language School • Traditional Music and Dance Lesson • Sports and Youth Development • Spiritual Services • Social Services • Student Mentorship and Tutoring• Scholarships • Guest Speakers • Health Education • Free Tax Filing Assistance • Events and Functions

Future Programs:

With the continuing relocation and increasing Tibetan population in the Twin Cities, TAFM is actively looking for a larger space. TAFM estimates a budget of $2.3 million to find a new center that will provide for the following:

1. Enough classrooms for the Tibetan Culture School.
2. Media center for students.
3. Recreation facility (basketball) for youth.
4. Enough capacity to accommodate 500 people for larger events.
5. Enable services for senior citizens.

How can you help us? 

  • Becoming a member by contributing only $50 a year.
  • Making donations
  • Volunteering

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Organization name

Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota

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Arts & Culture




(651) 917-9556

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