Building A Better Future For The Atlanta Community


Compassionate Atlanta is a grassroots community-building non-profit which seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of compassionate action throughout the Greater Atlanta area. We do this by teaching and encouraging people of every persuasion and walk of life to channel their concern for the wellbeing of others into tangible action. The goal is to build healthier, more connected, abundant, and thriving communities.

We advance and shift the local and global culture by centering compassion with everyone we connect with and everything that we do.

Citizens become powerful when they choose to shift the context within which they act in the world. Communities are human systems given form by conversations that build relatedness.

-Peter Block, Author of the Structure of Belonging.

Compassionate Atlanta's work rests on three pillars:

Our Initiatives


We practice and model mindfulness with proven models such as Compassionate Integrity Training, anti-racism education, and through partnerships that support the development of compassion in children and youth.


We build networks with our charter partners through collaborations and community conversations to yield compassionate impact throughout our city.

Civic Engagement

We promote living compassionately in a diverse world through our advocacy and civic engagement as we address racial and economic justice issues locally.

Charter for Compassion founder on “Compassionate Cities”

“A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city! A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry. Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive. Uncomfortable when any group anywhere in the world is marginalized or oppressed. Uncomfortable when as a community we don't treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated.”

-Karen Armstrong

Our Story

Compassionate Atlanta is founded on the values of compassion, equity, respect, and inclusion. We model how to share power through our Co-Director leadership model and by including the voices of everyone throughout the organization: Blacks, immigrants, women, and people of various faiths, including the non-religious. Our staff and board include people of color, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, various religious backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.

We ensure that our partnerships are equally as diverse. We grow our network based on Asset Based Community Development concepts, knowing that our partners are the ones best suited to serve their own communities.

We support our consortium of partners in community engagement as we educate on compassion and support them to come out of silos and cross-pollinate with other stakeholders to collaborate for stronger services for their targeted populations.

Our Partners

Compassionate Atlanta has 150+ local partners who have signed the global charter for compassion.

Why Sign the charter?

We amplify the good work our charter partner organizations are doing and we encourage you to:

"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." ~ Maya Angelou

Keep up with the Compassionate Atlanta team & their journey

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Our Blog

We are dedicated to greater diversity and inclusion and provide equal opportunity to people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, class, genders, sexual orientations, gender identifications/expressions, range of abilities, socio-economic background, educational status, ages, geographic locations, philosophies, and veteran statuses at all levels of staff and governance as well as within the communities we serve. We aim to lead by example with our own practices, encouraging our communities and partners to engage in diversity likewise as diversity and inclusion are the true expressions of compassion.

Our Sponsors

Kroger Community Rewards

Did you know that you can help create a more compassionate Atlanta every time you go to the supermarket?

If you have a registered Kroger Plus Card (available for free at the Customer Service desk in every Kroger store) and a Kroger Community Rewards online account, and choose us as your designated non-profit organization, your purchases will begin earning rewards for Compassionate Atlanta within 7 to 10 business days!

Amazon Smile

Register your account, make Compassionate Atlanta your charity of choice, and Amazon will donate 5% of eligible purchases to help us raise the voice of compassion throughout the city!