Tahoe-Baikal Institute

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Formed in 1990. "The creation of the Institute in California -- and of a parallel organization in Siberia -- was unique among Russian-American partnerships when initiated. The idea and proposal originally came from US and Soviet students at a 1988 international youth conference in Helsinki, Finland, which they managed to present to Presidents Gorbachev and Reagan in person, Secretary General Perez de Cuellar, and Governor George Deukmejian of California.

"As a result, a California Resources Agency delegation visited Lake Baikal in 1990 and negotiated an agreement with Siberian authorities calling for the creation of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute. The Institute was then established as an international non-profit venture, in cooperation with a parallel organization in Russia, founded in the city of Irkutsk (population 700,000), capital of the Irkutsk Region.

"With generous support from Chevron Corporation, the Grateful Dead, individuals, foundations, and organizations such as the California Conservation Corps, the University of California, the California Tahoe Conservancy, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and Direct Connection: US-USSR World Youth Communications, the first exchange took place during the summer of 1991. The nine-week program involved thirty-two Soviet and American students and staff spending four weeks at Lake Baikal and five weeks at Lake Tahoe." [1]


"TBI's programs have historically operated with a mixture of in-kind support; individual, organizational, and business donations; and foundation grants. From 1999 to 2006, TBI's total revenue has risen from $132,000 to $216,000.

"In 2006, about 32% of TBI's annual revenue was generated from foundation grants. This support came from the: [2]


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TBI-Russia Board of Advisors

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URL: http://www.tahoebaikal.org

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  1. History, Tahoe-Baikal Institute, accessed December 19, 2010.
  2. Funding, Tahoe-Baikal Institute, accessed December 19, 2010.
  3. Board, Tahoe-Baikal Institute, accessed December 19, 2010.
  4. Board, Tahoe-Baikal Institute, accessed December 19, 2010.
  5. Board, Tahoe-Baikal Institute, accessed December 19, 2010.