Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Whenever disaster strikes, whether at home or abroad, Tzu Chi volunteers act quickly to serve those affected with the spirit of gratitude, respect, and love.

Tzu Chi is a faith base and non-profit, non-governmental humanitarian organization with four major missions: charity, medical care, education, and humanistic culture. “Tzu Chi” translates to “compassion and relief” in Chinese.

Tzu Chi was established in 1966 by the Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen. The foundation began when 30 housewives were asked to save two cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor; it has now grown to an organization with 10 million members in over 50 countries, providing international relief in 70 countries. Tzu Chi is dedicated to relief all sufferings regardless of nationality, religion, ethnicity or socio-economic status. By treating everyone with gratitude, respect, and love, Tzu Chi hopes to instill tranquility in every person and inspire peace and harmony in the world.


Tzu Chi’s guiding principle on charity is to give material aid to the needy and inspire love and humanity to both givers and receivers. Tzu Chi’s unique approach to disaster relief includes delivering cash aid and emergency relief supplies directly into the hands of disaster survivors as quickly as possible. Grateful for the opportunity to practice selfless giving, Tzu Chi volunteers always present relief material to survivors with both hands, a deep bow, and a smile or a hug.

MISSION OF MEDICINE Care with Compassion

Tzu Chi has established hospitals, free clinics and community clinics in many parts of the world, providing high-quality medical care to low-income community members.

Tzu Chi also conducts many outreaches to help the homeless and the poor all through the year. The Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) is made up of more than 8,600 medical professionals in 15 countries who volunteer their expertise and time, and travel at their own expense to provide medical services around the globe.

MISSION OF EDUCATION Instill Virtue and Etiquette

As of 2013, three Tzu Chi schools are in the U.S. school system. There are also 23 Tzu Chi Academies across the country, teaching kids Chinese and fundamental values. Tzu Chi also teaches character education in two public schools in San Bernardino City Unified School District, Southern California, helping students develop positive character traits of kindness, trustworthiness, and integrity.


To communicate the spirit of Tzu Chi, promote humanistic values and document the footprints of love and compassion, Tzu Chi utilizes publications, TV broadcasting, websites, e-magazines and e-newsletters, electronic poster displays and modern technologies such as the iPhone, the iPad, and iTunes to inspire kindness and compassion in people, and promote the circle of love in the world.

(909) 447-7799 Ex.602
1100 S Valley Center Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773
United States
Issue Areas: 
Disaster Prevention and Preparedness, Education, Climate Change / Environment, Food Security and Agriculture, Health, Humanitarian/ Disaster Response, Shelter/Housing
Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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