Founded in 2005 by Turk and Christy Pipkin, The Nobelity Project is based in Austin, Texas and addresses  issues of global education. Filmmakers by trade, Turk and Christy shifted their focus from commercial projects to documentaries engaging with Nobel Laureates and other global leaders exploring potential solutions to the challenges facing us all. Now taking direct action in partnership with communities in Kenya, Honduras and the U.S. we serve over 15,000 students annually.

Turk Pipkin is founder of The Nobelity Project. Turk is an award-winning author, director, actor, comedian, photographer, film-maker and activist. In his daily work and documentaries, Turk aims to bring awareness and creative solutions to pressing global issues.

Christy Ellinger Pipkin is Executive Director of The Nobelity Project.  Christy is a filmmaker, producer, speaker and advocate for positive global change. Christy oversees all of the organization's global projects and educational programming.

Cassidy Schulze is The Nobelity Project's Salesforce Administrator. Cass earned her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas in Austin.

Gibson Githaiga is The Nobelity Project's Kenya Operations Manager. In addition to managing daily needs on the ground, Gibson supports all things tech at each of the campuses in the organization's partner school network.

Liz Graham is the Logistics Manager for The Nobelity Project. Liz earned her master's degree from St. Edward's University in Austin.

Beatrice Macharia is the Scholarship Coordinator The Nobelity Project. Beatrice is also head librarian at Mahiga Hope and is helping to implement a new database designed by alum!

Christy Pipkin, Executive Director       
Monica Duck, Accountant                   
Liz Graham, Programs and Events     

Cassidy Schulze, Tech Coordinator    

Joseph Mutongu, Field Supervisor
Gibson Githaiga, Kenya Schools Project Manager
Beatrice Macharia, Scholarship Coordinator
Mike Mutuku, Transportation Captain and Mutaki Manager
Greg Elsner, AfH Design Fellow/Mahiga RainWater Court​


Annie and Willie Nelson

David C. Smith

John Springer

Linda and Howard McCollum

Mark Grotefeld

Matt Ellinger, SERP

Nan and Glynn Beebe

Paul Twitchell
Stephanie Duprie Routh
Steve Kuhn

Turk Pipkin, Founder


Eric Webber, President
Leslie Moore, President Pro-tem
Dan King, Treasurer
Rebecca Redwood, Secretary
Joey Martin
Bill Bechtol



Christy has been featured on the cover of Austin Woman, received the 2013 International Women’s Day Humanitarian Award from Ten Thousand Villages, and was named the 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America. 

MASTERS AND FOUNDERS Podcast with Dan Dillard of Founding Austin Magazine

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Feb 7, 2019 | Episode 16: Christy Pipkin  27m 29s


Building Hope, tells the story of The Nobelity Project’s partnership with a rural Kenyan community to build the area’s first high school. His many film festival awards include: Best Directing (My Hero Fest) and The White Lotus Humanitarian Award (Macao). The Nobelity Project is commited to Turk’s vision that documentary films are powerful tools for change - presenting critical issues, raising important questions, and illustrating potential solutions.A popular Huffington Post blogger, Turk is also the author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, including NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, co-authored with Willie Nelson.

SXSW Film Fest 2011 Lone Star Audience Award

Maui Film Festival 2011 Best Documentary

Dove Family Seal of Approval

San Diego Film Festival

Aspen Film Festival

Nairobi Film Festival

Napa Film Festival

Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival Winner Audience Choice Award

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The Nobelity Project is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

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