Board and Global Compassion Council


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.

Our organization, Charter for Compassion (CFC), was inspired and created by Karen Armstrong and the Council of Conscience in 2009, and inherits a confluence of contributions made by, the Compassionate Action Network, the Fetzer Institute, and many others. Charter 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.

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.

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

Board of Trustees - Executive Committee

The Global Compassion Council is the advisory body for the Charter for Compassion. Recruited from around the world, the Council is a confluence of leaders of the movement in the realms of government, business, education, philanthropy, religion & spirituality, health care, the environment, peace, and social justice. The chair of the Council is Cristina Gonzalez.  The governing Board of Directors is drawn from the members of the Council.  The Board consists of the following members: Cristina Gonzalez, chair; Laura Burgis, vice chair; Gard Jameson, philanthropy and fund raising; Yaffa Maritz, secretary; Charles Barker, governance; and the following members: Ann Helmke, Karin Jironet, Lynne Reeder, Maha Alusi, Moses Machipisa, Mussie Hailu, and Rozan Anwar.

Karen Armstrong and Joan Brown Campbell are ex-officio members of the Board.

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