A Young Man’s Dream to End Poverty
The Nathan Yip Foundation was founded in 2002 by Jimmy and Linda Yip, after they lost their only child, Nathan, in an automobile accident in December 2001. Nathan was 19 years old.
Growing up, Nathan was very involved with philanthropy and was Vice President of Future Givers at Kent Denver. The organization’s mission was to encourage young people to help others through philanthropic efforts.
Nathan traveled the world with his parents. While visiting many remote areas of China, Nathan was overwhelmed by the poverty and lack of educational opportunities. It was during these trips that Nathan and Jimmy spoke of starting a foundation to fund education for impoverished and underserved children worldwide. Nathan recognized his own privilege and knew that by targeting education, he could begin to end the cycle of poverty that exists in so many rural areas. The Yip family made a promise that when Nathan finished college, they would work together to establish this foundation.
A Dream That Became A Responsibility
After Nathan’s passing, Jimmy and Linda Yip dedicated their lives to making Nathan’s dream his legacy. It is Jimmy and Linda’s hope that the Nathan Yip Foundation will build upon Nathan’s legacy and bring positive energy and fulfillment from their most tragic loss.
The Nathan Yip Foundation provides direct support through its many education-focused programs including building schools, training teachers, providing scholarship funds, books and school supplies, and funding various capital projects addressing students' basic needs.
The foundation has funded educational projects worldwide with an emphasis in China – where the Yip’s roots are and Nathan’s dream developed, as well as in Colorado – the foundation’s home.
Nathan’s Chinese name was “浩霖”, meaning heavy rain in English
"Since the start of Nathan Yip Foundation, every time when we start a project, finish building a school, or visit on the opening ceremony, it’d always rain. We see it as a sign that Nathan is watching us and proud of what we’re doing.”
-- Jimmy Yip, Nathan's Father