Statement of Purpose of the Charter for Compassion

In a universal manner, The Charter for Compassion is an international movement that asks us to: look into our own hearts, discover what gives us pain, and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.”

In a practical manner, The Charter for Compassion works with cities, its citizens and local government to identify areas of concern (i.e., issues of improved education, services to the elderly, elimination of homelessness and hunger, improvement of healthcare and social services, etc.) and to work collectively to create sustainable action plans.

The Charter for Compassion calls upon all peoples to change the way we regard the future. In the words of the Charter: It is...necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others — even our enemies — is a denial of our common humanity.

The Charter is a non-sectarian organization that is not aligned with any religious or political group. Rather the Charter works with people from all cultures, all over the world, to work towards creating peace.

                                         CHARTER FOR COMPASSION

Compassion is a key component of both quality of health and quality of life. This index will provide valuable guideposts for improving wellbeing for all of us at every stage of our lives.~ Toni Ganzel, M.D., M.B.A., Dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Announcing an Exciting Webinar--January 17, 2019, 8 am Pacific time. Register now.

Researchers from the University of Louisville, Dr. Anna Faul, Executive Director, Institute of Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging and Dr. Joseph G. D’Ambrosio, Director of Health Innovation and Sustainability, Institute of Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging have designed an index to accomplish just this task. Their Compassionate Cities Index measures all aspects of compassion in a city to provide a comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of compassion initiatives. 

In order for a city to claim itself to be compassionate, it has to first make a commitment to become a compassionate city and second, provide the resources and services to its citizens that will allow them to flourish. It is also important for citizens to be willing to show compassion toward one another. “City government” compassionate actions coupled with “citizen” compassionate actions create a compassionate city. 

Drs. Faul and D'Ambrosio applied the Alkire-Foster Method to develop the criteria, measurement tools, and context to design the Compassionate Cities Index.

Join if you are a compassionate city, are beginning an initiative or just thinking about it.

Compassionate Integrity Training: Starts 1/15/19; Ten week intensive webinar and on-line course leading to certification. Learn more about the course, fee and registration.

This course will be offered in two cohorts and is limited to 100 participants for each cohort. To accommodate varying time zones as best as possible, we are offering the course with two separate time options. Please register below for the Live Meeting Time Option that best fits your schedule:


Tuesdays 4pm-6pm EST Live Meetings - Start Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 4-6pm EST, with preliminary study materials sent to you on 1/12/19.

Wednesdays 8am-10am EST Live Meetings - Start Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 8-10am EST, with preliminary study materials sent to you on 1/12/19.  

CIT utilizes a “three-in-three” educational model that integrates three domains of knowledge and three levels of understanding. The three domains begin with a focus on the self (Self-cultivation), then move to others (Relating to Others), and finally to a systems-perspective, meaning the larger networks in which we exist. Additionally, each module in CIT is intended to allow participants to progress through three levels of understanding: received knowledge, critical insight, and embodied understanding. In CIT, it is important that knowledge not remain at an intellectual level; to be effective, it must lead to realizations and lasting changes in behavior. Knowledge becomes transformative when it moves from head to heart to hand. Therefore, each session has both content and practice learning objectives.