Nathan Yip Foundation Presents: Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufman of the Yonder Mountain String Band, Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon, Joe Lessard of Head for the Hills, and Jonny Miller of Lonesome Days
Thu, April 18, 2019
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmOphelia's Electric Soapbox
This event is 21 and over
Friends of Nathan Yip & The Future Arts Foundation
7th Annual Nate's Night Concert
Adam Aijala, Ben Kaufmann
of Yonder Mountain String Band
Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon
Joe Lessard of Head for the Hills
Jonny Miller of Lonesome Days
Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 9:00pm
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th St, Denver, CO 80202
The Nathan Yip Foundation was founded in 2002 by Denver residents Jimmy and Linda Yip, after they tragically lost their only child, Nathan, in an automobile accident. Nathan, 19 years old, was a freshman at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
As a high school student, Nathan was involved in many philanthropic projects and was vice president of Future Givers, a group started in 2000 by Kent Denver High School students. The organization’s mission was to encourage young people early in their lives to begin helping others through philanthropic efforts.
Nathan traveled the world with his parents. Many times while visiting the more remote areas of China, Nathan was overwhelmed by the poverty and lack of educational opportunities for so many young people. It was during these trips that Nathan and his father spoke of starting a foundation to fund educational opportunities for impoverished children worldwide. It was their thought that by providing educational opportunities, they could begin to end the cycle of poverty that exists in so many rural areas. The family made a promise that when Nathan finished college, they would work together to establish this foundation.
Following Nathan’s untimely death, Jimmy and Linda have dedicated their lives to making Nathan’s dream his legacy. It is their hope that the Nathan Yip Foundation will build upon Nathan’s legacy and bring positive energy and fulfillment from their most tragic loss.
• Since its inception, the Nathan Yip Foundation has raised over $3 million to give children a better life through education. Some project examples include:
• In China, the Foundation has built and continuously supports seven schools, two orphanages, one dormitory and two cafeterias. Every other year a gala is held in Shanghai and much of the money for the capital projects in China is raised by the people of Shanghai. We still ask local supporters to help us provide sponsorships/scholarships to the children at the schools and/or orphanages.
The Nathan Yip Foundation, inspired by the life of Nathan Yip, transforms the lives of underserved children through long-term, direct educational programs, with an emphasis in remote areas of China.
• In Mexico, we’ve built a dormitory for students in Ligui, Baja Mexico and provide continuous support for an orphanage in Juarez, Mexico.
• In Africa, we support The Kibera School for Girls in Africa’s largest slum and a dormitory for girls in rural Tanzania.
• In Denver, the Foundation has created Nate’s Pass at a local Denver high school for qualified students on that rely on public transportation to get to and from school. We also work with Book Trust to underwrite the purchase of new books for elementary school students.
In 2015, the Nathan Yip Foundation provided over $171,000 in grant awards to programs and projects that provide educational services to at-risk youth.
Nathan Yip Foundation partnered with nice 501(c)3 organizations that empower vulnerable youth through education, six are right here in Colorado. Colorado-based Reading Partners Colorado, George Washington High School Patriot Pairs Mentors and Forward Steps all benefit students here in our home state. Edge of Seven is building schools in earthquake-ravaged Nepal; Funzeleo is providing STEM education in Tanzania, and S.O.U.L. Foundation is sponsoring primary and secondary students in Uganda.
In addition, NYF provided a grant to Wings of Hope to build a library in Cambodia; a grant to Working Boys Center to create and implement a technical education curriculum in Ecuador; a grant to Heshima Kenya to have refugee girls and young women participate in the Girls’ Empowerment Program in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO, 80202