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The Gere Foundation: Interesting Facts

Afer I write a blog item these days, I try to locate a free photograph on the web to accompany whatever I’ve written. So just now, when I went on the prowl for a Richard Gere photo, I decided to turn to his own Gere Foundation, which coordinates funds and grants to foster AIDS research and a free Tibet. Gere’s foundation website should be a good place to find his face, right? Wrong.

The foundation’s website is almost exclusively about the history, people and landscape of Tibet. It’s not about Gere at all. Gere isn’t even pictured. Nice!

Additionally, the website says where the Gere Foundation’s money is channeled. I hadn’t realized, for instance, that the group gives money to Tricycle magazine, the wonderfully written, thoughtfully edited Buddhist periodical.


Allow me to pick up and run with what follows, something I just lifted off their website, since it tells you concisely about the causes the Gere Foundation supports. I think you might one day be moved to contribute to this gracious, peace-loving group.

The Gere Foundation awards grants to humanitarian organizations supporting victims of war and natural disasters, providing HIV/AIDS care and research and addressing human rights violations occurring around the world. Our primary mission is to assist the cultural survival of the Tibetan people through health, technological and educational projects. The Gere Foundation contributes directly to The Tibet Fund, supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community-in-exile. Dislocated from their homeland since 1959 and under the continuing brutal occupation of the Chinese, thousands of Tibetan refugees risk their lives every year escaping to freedom in India, Nepal, Mongolia and elsewhere.


The Gere Foundation also contributes to other humanitarian causes: Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for their work in global human rights with particular emphasis on China and Tibet, Survival International for their work with indigenous endangered cultures, Oxfam America, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for their work in famine, war, and disaster relief, AMFAR, AIDS ReSearch Alliance, AIDS Project of Los Angeles, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Children Affected by AIDS, Harvard AIDS Institute, Naz Foundation and many other groups and research projects for their continuing fight against HIV/AIDS and their outreach to assist its victims.

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Tina Marie Houseweart

posted January 29, 2006 at 4:33 pm

I am so glad that you have posted this information. Every time the subject comes up, I always mention Richard Gere, as not many people know about it. Richard Gere has practiced Buddhism for at least 25 years, now, or so, a true Bodhisattva! A Buddhist does not shine his/her own light, one just gives. It is so natural.>

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Robin Kilgore

posted January 29, 2006 at 4:46 pm

Thank You for your article. I have been a fan of Mr. Gere for a long time and I knew of only a small part of his charitable work. Bless him and the many humanitarian causes which he supports. He is making the world a better place with such a gentle humility. He exemplifies a dimension of love and concern that we can all strive to realize and contribute to,whether it be through prayer and meditation or monetary and physical support.>

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Olivia Lewis-Chang

posted January 31, 2006 at 4:44 pm

Imagine … everyone who had the means would support just one cause on this earth. It is incredible what one person can do – whether it is Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Gates or Gere. It should be the cause of us all to make the world a better place.>

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Kunga Lhadzom

posted January 31, 2006 at 6:06 pm

it would be nice if he was the President of the United States…:)>

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Matt Hollon

posted February 3, 2006 at 1:04 pm

thank you very much for this article! i had no idea that Richard Gere had such a charitable organization. one which i very much plan to contribute to in the future! namaste>

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posted February 4, 2006 at 4:15 am

so glad I found this web sight tonight… and happy to read about the gere works… thanks>

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posted February 4, 2006 at 8:32 pm

If you travel through R Gere’s web site, both The Gere Foundation and Healing the Divide, you can find pictures of him. From the Gere Foundation, here is a link to pictures of him. But the site is not about him, it is about what he believes in and takes action in. Therein lies the work. “>>

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