Compassionate Communities


A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city!  A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry.  Uncomfortable if every child isnt loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive.  Uncomfortable when as a community we dont treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated.

 –Karen Armstrong, Founder of the global movement, The Charter for Compassion

Goals and Impacts of a Compassionate Community:

  • To energize, broaden and deepen the compassionate communities network with active outreach to existing.
  • To help our members feel connected to one another in common cause and to feel supported by a network of organizations that offer support and services.
  • To link community partners and their work and needs in one place in the world with partners in another area of the world that can help each with their efforts to bring compassion to their communities.
  • To make available connections to cutting edge research and tools by partnering with groups able to provide these.
  • To increase the Charter’s role and effectiveness as a network by hosting events, training’s, conference calls and providing forums for resource exchange.

Steps to Becoming a Compassionate Community

Participating Communities:

The Charter for Compassion is active in more than 50 countries worldwide, in both large and small communities: