Sponsorship Programmes FAQ


What is sponsorship?

We have two different sponsorship programmes. Both require a regular donation usually through a standing order or an online direct debit.

Our main programme provides support, education and care for an individual (child, elder, nun or little monk). Your gift will be used to support their education or care.

We also run a community programme (silent sponsorship) where your regular gift will be used for vital resources such as classroom materials, teaching staff, food, medicine, care givers, electricity and clean water.

What will I receive as a sponsor?

As a sponsor you will receive Tibet Relief Fund’s sponsorship welcome pack, a mini-biography of your sponsored individual, subscription to Tibet Matters (our biannual magazine), and a minimum of one update a year from your child, little monk, nun or elder. If you sponsor an elder, your letter will be written on your elder’s behalf by their carer as the majority of elders have little to no understanding of English.

How long should I commit to sponsoring for?

In the best interests of the Tibetan communities we support, we ask you to commit to your sponsorship for a minimum of two to three years, but ideally, for the entirety of a child or little monk’s schooling so as not to disrupt their education. If you choose to sponsor an elder, we ask you to consider sponsoring for the remainder of their life so they can live out the rest of their days comfortably and without worry.

Our sponsors have found it incredibly rewarding to sponsor for a number of years to see how their sponsorship contribution has really impacted the quality of their sponsored individual’s life. However if your circumstances change you can cancel your sponsorship at any time.

What will I receive as a silent sponsor?

As a silent sponsor you will receive Tibet Relief Fund’s silent sponsorship welcome pack, subscription to Tibet Matters (our biannual magazine), and a yearly update from the community you have chosen to support.

Can I send my sponsored child, little monk, nun or elder a letter?

If you’d like to write to your sponsored child, little monk, nun or elder you are more than welcome to do so. We ask that you send your letter (unsealed)to our office and we will forward to the agency where your sponsored individual lives.

To comply with our child protection policy and ensure all letters sent and received are appropriate for both parties, all correspondence received at our office will be opened by our Sponsorship Coordinator before being forwarded. The safeguarding of our sponsored children, little monks, elders and sponsors is of course our utmost priority.

Please send your letter to:
Sponsorship Coordinator
Tibet Relief Fund
99 Kentish Town Road

Handy Tips! It’s really helpful to us if you include your supporter number, which can be found on all letters from us at the top, right-hand side of the page. In addition, please refrain from sending monetary gifts, email addresses, social media accounts and any other personal information. Thank you!

Can I send a monetary gift?

We welcome donations with instructions as to how you want this distributed to one of our Tibetan communities. However, to promote fairness, we ask that sponsors refrain from sending personal monetary gifts to their sponsored individual, as unfortunately, a great many children, little monks and elders do not have sponsors, so they miss out. It is more inclusive if gifts can be sent to a school or care home for treats that everyone can enjoy.

To ensure we allocate your sponsorship gift correctly be sure to include your supporter number, which again, can be found on all of your letters from us at the top, right-hand side of the page.

How will I know when it’s time for me to renew my sponsorship?

If you pay your sponsorship through direct debit, standing order or PayPal subscription your payments will be ongoing until you decide to change them. If you pay by another payment method such as cheque, credit card or bank transfer, we will send you a sponsorship renewal reminder a month before your renewal date is due. Or you can easily renew your sponsorship at time by visiting www.tibetrelieffund.co.uk/renew

How can I pay for my sponsorship?

GoCardless Direct Debit
Our preferred payment method is GoCardless Direct Debit as it helps us to keep our administration costs low. You can start sponsoring by direct debit in just a few clicks by visiting: https://tibetrelieffund.co.uk/be-a-sponsor/

Standing Order
A standing order is a recurring payment, arranged between yourself and your bank. Your standing order can be a monthly, quarterly or annual payment, whichever you prefer. Please contact our sponsorship coordinator for a standing order form or set up through online banking.

By Phone
If you would like to pay for your sponsorship over the phone by debit or credit card, you can call us on +44 (0)203 119 0041. Please note, for your safety, we will never keep your card details on file once you have paid for your sponsorship.

BACS Transfer
You can pay for your sponsorship by arranging a bank transfer through your bank using the following details:
Tibet Relief Fund
Account Number: 13425523
Sort Code: 16-00-16

Please make your cheque payable to Tibet Relief Fund and send it to:

Sponsorship Coordinator
Tibet Relief Fund
99 Kentish Town Road

How is my donation spent?

Unlike other sponsorship programmes a higher percentage (85%) goes directly to benefit the individual or community. The remaining 15% goes towards supporting our sponsorship programme – helping us to raise awareness and find new sponsors.

I have a question that I can’t find the answer to…

If you have any other questions about our sponsorship programme please get in touch with our Sponsorship Coordinator by emailing: [email protected] or phoning +44 (0)203 119 0041

Thank you so much for your interest in sponsoring with Tibet Relief Fund. We look forward to hearing from you!

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