Compassionate Action Network (CAN) is working strategically to double compassionate action, starting in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Through our programs we empower groups and initiatives working specifically to make compassion the everyday, lived experience of local communities.

Our goal is for compassion and compassionate action to become the new normal for society within ten years.

CAN supports programs and initiatives that make our communities and our world more compassionate. We do this through compassion-focused community programs and events, startup incubation, grant making, and providing strategic, collaborative support to organizations on the front lines of the compassion movement.

 
 

Seeds of Compassion

 ©2008 TOMAS

©2008 TOMAS

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.

 

Compassion Ecosystem

 ©2008 DJORDJE ZLATANOVIC

©2008 DJORDJE ZLATANOVIC

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.


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