We believe in a global society united in compassion.
Our mission is to support groups and initiatives that make our communities and our world more compassionate by delivering concrete and tangible impact beginning in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. We do this through public convening, research, and strategic organizational support.
Seeds of Compassion
In April 2008, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and many other luminaries came to Seattle for an unprecedented five-day gathering, engaging the community in an in-depth conversation on compassion. The following year, organizers joined with other like-minded leaders to form the Compassionate Action Network 501(c)(3). Learn more about our history, and the influential thinkers behind our mission.
Following the 2008 Seeds of Compassion conference, CAN formed as a nonprofit to incubate the groups and initiatives inspired by the event. Since then, CAN has expanded its support to proactively tend to the entire compassion ecosystem within the Pacific Northwest. By supporting a healthy network of compassionate initiatives we are able to collectively impact hundreds of thousands of lives in the Northwest and beyond.