About the Charter for Compassion

On February 28, 2008 acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Karen Armstrong received the TED Prize and made a wish—to help create, launch, and propagate a Charter for Compassion. After much work and the contribution of thousands of people. the Charter was unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009.

Separately, in the spring of 2008 after the Seeds of Compassion event in Seattle (headlined by the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and a host of other leaders) a circle of pople were inspired to begin creating the Compassionate Action Network, envisioned as an organizing hub for a global compassion movement. In the spring of 2010, the Compassionate Action Network succeeded in having the City of Seattle sign the Charter for Compassion, and then initiated a "Compassionate Cities" campaign to spread the movement to cities everywhere.

Our organization -- Charter for Compassion International -- was inspired by the Charter for Compassion, created by Karen Armstrong and the Council of Conscience in 2009, and inherits a confluence of contributions made by TED.com, the Compassionate Action Network, the Fetzer Institute, and many others. Charter for Compassion International provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. Our mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors.

Our advisory body for the Charter for Compassion is the Global Compassion Council, led by Joan Brown Campbell, and our governing Board of Trustees is drawn from the members of the Council.

Aware that our world is deeply troubled and polarized and committed to make the world a better place, we work to establish and sustain cultures of compassion locally and globally through diverse initiatives—education, cities, business, religious and spiritual communities, and the arts. We supply resources, information and communication platforms to help create and support compassionate communities, institutions, and networks of all types that are dedicated to becoming compassionate presences in the world. Through a vibrant Charter for Compassion Partner Network we welcome and communicate the sharing of information, stories and experiences that touch the work of compassion.

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The Charter for Compassion International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN# 46-3554077.