Since its inception in 1985, Ralo's team has embraced the Buddhist principles of compassion and "right livelihood" by supporting both local communities and international charities. Our company mission is not simply to "preserve" Tibetan cultural heritage in a vacuum, but to nurture a living tradition. We seek to maximize our social impact in the following areas:
- Providing care and a fair livelihood for our weavers and craftspeople
- Fostering education for the Tibetan diaspora community
- Sustaining Tibet's unique cultural and spiritual heritage
Each year, we seek to achieve these goals by donating 10% of its profits (our annual average charitable contributions from 2012 to 2015 was 12% of profits). Over the past five years we have supported various non-profit organizations including:
Vikramasila Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha under the direction of Khenpo Pema Wangdak. It is headquartered in the Upper West Side. Ralo supports the education of young boys and girls at the Pema Ts’al School System in Nepal.
Himalayan Health Initiative is a 501(c) (3) non-profit dedicated to the service of the needy in the Himalayas - focusing on improving healthcare for the poor. In May 2015, Ralo teamed up with HHI to organize and host "Heal the Himalayas", a benefit concert that raised $25,000 for emergency relief supplies and care following the disastrous earthquake in Nepal.
Located just two hours north of New York City, Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery and Retreat Center
was founded in 1978 by Lama Norlha Rinpoche in the tradition of Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. An internationally respected meditation master in the tradition of the Kagyu Lineage, Lama Norlha Rinpoche personally guides this active Dharma community, providing opportunities for students at all levels.
Ralo is sponsoring a room in Maitreya Center
, a new meditation hall and community space currently being constructed overlooking the Hudson River on KTC's grounds.
The oldest and largest organization serving Tibetans in North America - TCNYNJ
is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization focused on supporting the survival of Tibetan culture and identity, and to enhance the quality of life for all Tibetans living in the local community.
Ralo is one of the sponsors of TCNYNJ's Community Hall project.