Who We Are
In Chinese, “tzu” means compassion, and “chi” relief: With open hearts and helping hands, our volunteers are here to serve you.
Our Global Footprints
Charity is at the forefront of our mission. Tzu Chi provides food, clothing, shelter, direct financial assistance, and more. We improve lives in tangible ways, and rejoice in how charity brings inner benefits too. Transforming feelings of helplessness and despair into hope and empowerment, and bringing out the good in people through the happiness they discover when helping others is also our goal.
Illness is one of life’s most painful challenges. Providing medical care to those who lack the means to pay was Tzu Chi’s priority from the start. Today, we have a comprehensive network of hospitals, mobile units, doctors, medical professionals and volunteers offering free healthcare. Ours is a human and holistic approach that values the wellbeing of patient, family, and medical team equally.
Teaching the next generation matters when you have the future in mind. Tzu Chi has schools, colleges, and universities worldwide. Their shared objective is to deliver superior education, and nurture virtue, kindness, compassion, and joy in selfless giving. With deep faith in human nature, we advance universal respect towards all people, regardless of race, culture, language or religion.
Tzu Chi is dedicated to fostering humanistic culture through civil responsibility and personal character. Founded on Buddhist philosophy, we advocate the view that as individuals, we should aspire to be moral, self-aware, and willing to act for the benefit of others. We offer support and spiritual guidance for pacifying negative emotions, developing love and compassion, and attaining wisdom.
Tzu Chi is accredited by the United Nations and mobilizes to provide international disaster relief in a big way. Our volunteers arrive with immediate emergency necessities like food, clothing, shelter, and medical supplies. We also offer direct financial aid to those in need. And, we’re on the ground for the long haul, rebuilding, setting up schools and water supply, offering free clinics, and more.
Bone Marrow Donor Registry
What better way is there to ease human suffering, than saving a life? Donating bone marrow can do that, with no harm to you. Tzu Chi facilitates the process of finding a genetic match for those who require marrow, by managing a Bone Marrow Donor Registry and encouraging people to join. We also have an umbilical cord blood repository, and support ongoing stem cell research and gene therapy.
Tzu Chi acts on the premise that we can protect the environment by the choices we make and our behavior as individuals. We actively promote waste reduction and recycling. We also discourage meat consumption and advocate a healthy diet consisting of more fruits and vegetables. Living a simpler lifestyle and reducing our carbon footprint is crucial towards living in harmony with Mother Earth.
Putting compassion into action is at the heart of Tzu Chi’s mission. We have a global community of millions of volunteers selflessly sharing their time, applying their energy, and offering their individual capacity for the benefit of others. With their sincerity and love, volunteers make all our charity, medical, educational, international relief, and environmental protection programs possible.