Boise, ID

Boise, ID



The Treasure Valley is consistent honored as one of the most livable places in the country. Its governments, businesses and citizens cherish its public lands, vast parks, clean air and clean water and work to sustain this bounty for future generations. The heart of its welfare, today and in the future, however, lies in an even higher realm: the care, kindness and compassion its people have for one another. We should strive to be a livable, sustainable and a compassionate city.

Compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us to treat others as we wish to be treated and to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of others. Compassion is at home in the Boise area already. More than 500 non-profits devote themselves to the welfare of those in need, animals and the environment. A Wall Street Journal report ranks Idaho fourth in the country for volunteerism. Over the last 20 years the valley has welcomed and resettled 12,000 refugees. Each night more than 600 are guests in shelters for those without homes. Yet exists an ocean of hidden, unmet needs in the Treasure Valley.

Compassionate Boise was launched in 2014 to honor compassion already alive and at work in Boise and valley communities and to push forward where a need and a will to act exists. It’s members see this as a ten year campaign.

More than 500 Idahoans have already signed the Charter for Compassion and a petition asking the city of Boise to join scores of other cities around the world which have designated themselves as “compassionate cities“.

Hundreds have participated in “open space” meetings and “Compassion in Business” events. Its supporters are active in scores of existing organizations and feel, at times, the need for mutual support and inspiration.

The word “compassion” includes many things such as kindness, empathy, unselfishness care for others. While definitions may differ, we know compassion when we see it. We also know when it is missing in our public and private life. Please join us by signing up on the What Can I Do page.

Compassionate Boise wants to tell stories of compassion at work in the valley, knowing that examples inspire other examples and cause people to join in. Do you have a story to tell? Visit our contact page and share it!


Within 1 year:

  • Education: ACT for Youth – awareness,compassion, and training in mindfulness. Expand connection to universities. ACT for Teachers – awareness, compassion and training in mindfulness for teachers.
  • Spiritual Film Festival: Bring spiritual films to Boise to heighten awareness.
  • Prison: Packet of exit materials for Juvenile Detention Center, Book sharing program with prison and Juvenile Detention Center.

Within 2 years:

  • Compassionate Boise- Add initiative to the Compassionate City Campaign.
  • Education: Healing the Heart for Teachers- supporting teachers with compassion.
  • Business: Facilitate training in mindfulness and compassion.

Within 3 years:

  • Charter of Compassion: Designation by the Compassion Action Network International Compassion/Charter for Compassion in collaboration with other organizations and institutions to establish regular programs to enhance awareness and participation in compassion activities.
  • Online: Expand online offerings; make audio and video recordings available for download. User friendly website.
  • Rent Space to others at a reasonable rate for events that fall in line with our mission.
  • Compassionate Boise designation.
  • Workshops: Guest speakers to Idaho who are working in the field of compassion and compassion research, multimedia art workshops based on compassion & insight, Guest Teachers, Five day summer retreat.
  • Building: Purchase a building which will accommodate all the programs and initiatives as proposed.

About Us

  • charter brand transp blue mediumCharter for Compassion 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.


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