I am writing you to thank you for your generous support of the Charter for Compassion International. Because of your substantial giving, the Charter has been able to support efforts to foster compassion as an organizing principle around the world in 2015.
The Charter this year was an organizing partner for the Parliament of the World's Religions—an interfaith gathering in Salt Lake City, Utah, that brought together 9,800 people who were building bridges across traditions and vowing to take united action on several key issues, including responding to climate change, lifting up the voices of women, countering violence and hate, and seeking income inequality. Your gift helped make our participation possible.
We also supported the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and the city of Dublin, Ireland, where organizers are taking important steps forward to organize their communities around the centerpiece of our powerful Charter. Your support helped the Charter be present to these communities.
The Charter organization encourages and empowers volunteer operations around the world—from efforts to help babies in Botswana to homeless people in Atlanta, from efforts to encourage compassionate artists in Seattle to counter anti-Muslim graffiti in Louisville, Ky.—we are working together. You have helped us provide tools and support for these efforts.
When we are faced with extremism like ISIS, it is crucial that we don't let the belligerent hate speech of exclusion dominate the day—this is why your support of the mission of the Charter is so important. Because of you, we were able to respond quickly and forcefully to racism and hate speech by mobilizing a call on countering Islamophobia with Imam Malik Mujahid of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and Sari Heidenriech of the United Religions Initiative and our Charter Board president, Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell. In addition, a comprehensive Response Guide was sent to 500 registrants and is now available online. Because of your support, we will be able to follow up with continued outreach on this issue—and others—in the new year.
I wish you could see how much your encouragement means to the people I talk to every week. Your donations support a very small staff—a director, a part-time editor, and a few hours of additional professional support. We would very much like to add a compassionate communities' coordinator and greater project capacity. By doing so, we can give more communities the possibility for change, and encourage them to continue their efforts to turn their world toward the clear, luminous force of compassion.
I am deeply grateful that you see the power of The Charter to change lives. My commitment to you is that I will do everything in my power to make the most of your gift in spreading the message of compassion.
Will you please show your support with a significant gift today to conclude 2015 with a message of hope and make sure we can extend our effectiveness into 2016?
Director, Charter for Compassion International
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10787, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, USA