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Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Compassion Relief

aka Tzu Chi USA   |   SAN DIMAS, CA   |  www.tzuchi.us

Mission

Tzu Chi missions are a network of universal love. Tzu Chi works in the missions of charity, medicine, education and humanitarian with the spirit of sincerity, integrity, trust and honesty. We believe in the equality of all beings and the Buddha-nature latent in every person. Through charity, the rich can obtain blessings and joy while the poor can receive security and peace. With love, compassion, joy and selfless giving, Tzu Chi members strive to bring about the pure world of Tzu Chi through helping the needy, giving joy and eliminating suffering. We invite all people of goodwill to join us in purifying minds, pacifying the society and working towards a disaster-free world. "We should respect all life equally. We are willing to provide humanitarian assistance wherever disasters occur.

Ruling year info

2006

CEO

Debra Boudreaux

Main address

1100 S VALLEY CENTER AVE.

SAN DIMAS, CA 91773 USA

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Formerly known as

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation USA

EIN

94-2952782

NTEE code info

Buddhist (X50)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Pantry

Hunger hides beneath the facade of upscale S. Cal where one in six individuals often go hungry because stable access to food is beyond the financial means of the families. After 7 months of studying for a solution, Tzu Chi plans to introduce a mobile-based food pantry service where food can be delivered directly to the communities in need. Tzu Chi has already arranged with local schools(title 1) for distribution when the service begins, where up to 500 students (and their families) in just one such school, would receive regular food assistance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Recent changes in healthcare laws and insurance practices have resulted in a polarized group of people near poverty line for whom health coverage is mkore out of reach than ever. For the poor or the undocumented without regular access to healthcare, small health concerns often develop into major health issues over time. Tzu Chi has conducted free medical outreach care over the past 20 years.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Assist underprivileged college-bound high school graduates and returning undergraduates. Help students pursue their dreams.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

This programs serve low-income families, homeless individuals, seniors, and parolees.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Homeless people, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With two 22-foot trucks carrying up to 20,000 pounds of fresh produce and wholesome food, we can serve up to 500 families per distribution and up to 20,000 families annually.

Number of students receiving homework help

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All across the country, Tzu Chi Volunteers help low-income, underprivileged elementary school students focusing on their studies and thrive, provides after school tutoring and more.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing cash transfers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide financial and material reliefs to victims of disasters caused by floods, wildfires, tornados throughout the county

Number of inmates served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We started an inmate support program in late 2013. Volunteers go to selected correctional institutes to offer group discussion sessions based on Jin Si Aphorisms as well as anonymous pen pal program.

Number of tax returns completed by volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our free services to tax return preparation help low-income families.

Number of entrance scholarships and awards and exit scholarships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tzu Chi provides from $300 to $1,000 scholarship awards to college students to help them achieve their education dream.

Number of dental care products distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of adults who received literacy services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Mobile Field Clinics served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tzu Chi's seven mobile clinics offer comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and cancer screening services to patients who have no insurance or access to ongoing medical care.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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 well-being of the patient, family, and medical team equally.
In the Education field, 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 civic 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 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.

Achieving well-being is the essence of human existence, but a variety of obstacles can hinder the goal and cause misery. Tzu Chi is an international humanitarian organization whose mission is to relieve the suffering of those in need and create a better world for all.
Putting compassion into action is at the heart of Tzu Chi's mission. We have a global community 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.

Tzu Chi had a monthly base mobile clinic and the food pantry delivers to certain areas. We provide cash card for victims of disaster relief. We had character program nurture children and help them grow morally while building inner strength.

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 well-being of the patient, family, and medical team equally.
On Education field, 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 civic 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 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.
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.
We would also like to promote our Ethical Eating Day and let more people become vegetarian in the future.

Financials

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Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Master Shih Cheng Yen

Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foudnation

Term: 2011 - 2012


Board co-chair

Shih Der Ming

Linda Sun

Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation

Paulina Luan

Buddhist Tzu Chi Education Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data