Buddhist Tzu Chi Education Foundation

Gratitude, Respect, and Love

aka Buddhist Tzu Chi Education Foundation   |   Walnut, CA   |  https://tzuchieducation.us/

Mission

Our principal objective is to offer an excellent academic curriculum which effectively cultivates well-rounded global citizens with a humanistic world-view. The curriculum combines with a program and interactive opportunities that help students build character and develop virtues. It is central to our mission to foster positive traits, such as kindness, tolerance, self-discipline, trustworthiness, and integrity, with emphasis on the value of gratitude, respect, and love.

Ruling year info

1997

C.E.O.

Debbie Lee

Main address

1920 S Brea Canyon Cutoff Rd

Walnut, CA 91789 USA

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Formerly known as

Tzu Chi Academy

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Education Foundation, U.S.A.

EIN

95-4579268

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Centered around Character and Humanistic Education, Tzu Chi believes that the value of gratefulness, respect, and love is the integral part to form the personality of a global citizen. The Foundation incorporates programs that address topics from parent-child relationship to academic growth, from environmental protection to healthy vegan eating, from humanistic personality building to school bullying prevention, and so on.

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?

Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool and Kindergarten

Tzu Chi Great Love Preschools are based upon the principles of “Education is without borders or distinction”. We believe that the values of gratefulness, respect and love will be rooted in the United Stated through effective teacher-student interactions.
The mission of Tzu Chi Great Love Preschools is to provide students with a rich and rewarding educational experience that will motivate them to enhance their academic learning and to develop inner strength. All programs reflect a commitment to provide young children with the opportunity to promote their positive character traits of kindness, trustworthiness and integrity.

Population(s) Served
Children

Tzu Chi Elementary School was established to offer education to students from Transitional Kindergarten through fifth grade. We provide an extraordinary bilingual learning environment. Our mission of education is to promote the positive traits of kindness , trustworthiness, and integrity with emphasis on the values of gratefulness , respect and love through teacher-student interactions.

Population(s) Served
Children
Preteens

Tzu Chi Humanities Department plans and hosts a variety of camps such as the Spring Camp, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, and International Summer Camp. Through our programs, our students build a personality of gratitude, respect and love to serve the crowd and benefit the community. We aim to enhance children’s interpersonal skills through fun and interactive group activities while helping them build good character, develop self–esteem, and acquire self-management skills for life.

Population(s) Served

Tzu Chi character education program has sown the seeds of gratitude, respect, and love in elementary and middle schools throughout the United States since 2006. It provides a profound and engaging curriculum appropriate for different grade levels, which relates course content to daily life. The program inspires students to become aware of their own behavior and how it affects others, and to cultivate positive character traits and virtues that lead to harmony in the classroom, the family, community, and society at large. After implementing our program, participating schools report improved student behavior and a reduced need for disciplinary action. As students discover the impact of their changing behavior on the wellbeing of their classmates and their own sense of self-worth, they are inspired to continue on this path of self-cultivation, emerging as global citizens with a humanistic worldview.

Population(s) Served
Children
Preteens
Children
Preteens

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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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 Education Foundation has been aiming to bring solid academic programs to students as well as character education which encompasses the teaching of gratitude, respect, kindness, and compassion. We foster a humanistic global culture by nurturing virtue along with social and environmental responsibility. Our schools and programs enhance moral development through character education with emphasis on high-quality academic instructions. It is also our goal to reach out to the community and work with public schools to offer education and care to underprivileged students.

Tzu Chi Education Foundation utilizes a 3-pronged approach to achieve our goals to build a humanistic society. This includes schools, camps, and Character Education Development Programs. Based on the Buddhist philosophy of kindness and Chinese culture, Tzu Chi Preschools and Elementary School offer a strong bilingual curriculum with additional emphasis on both academia and character education. Tzu Chi Camps frequently held parent-child events, voluntary community services, volunteer training, and student camps to help youths grow a humanistic personality through extra-curricular activities. Finally, our Character Education team are devoted to design lesson plans and proactively partner with public schools to offer programs fostering virtues such as respect and tolerance, responsibility and filial piety, gratitude and contentment, giving and compassion, and courage and emotional control.

Tzu Chi Education Foundation manages four preschools and an elementary school around the country. On its Walnut Campus, Tzu Chi owns a school with capacity for students from preschool to the 12th grade. In addition to traditional school facilities, it has a Life-Science Garden, Environmental Education Museum (planning stage), and Sport Rope Climbing Field (construction stage). Tzu Chi also has a long history of cultivating and training dedicated volunteers who support all our events year round.

Our efforts on inheriting traditional culture and cultivating children's healthy personality have earned recognition from communities around the country. Our first Great Love Preschool in the United States was established in 2006, in Monrovia, California. To date, we have four preschools and one elementary school in California and Texas. Our fifth Great Love Preschool is under construction in Long Island, New York.

Many families are thrilled with our contribution to the community and give us many supports. Many children and their parents fill the bamboo banks with coins every day in response to our call to help the community during the pandemic. We also got the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) from the Federal Government and received supports from the CACC (California Alliance for Community Composting), which will collaborate with us and support our composting project in the near future. In the future, we will continue to help the community build a friendly environment and work on well-beings of families in our community.

For Character Education, the number of public-school students served by these programs grew drastically from 182 in 2013 to 2,264 by 2019, from one public school to four in South California. One of the four schools, Juanita Blakely Jones Elementary, received “Gold PBIS State Recognition Award for students showed great improvement after adopting character education. In 2020, San Bernardino City Unified School District awarded Tzu Chi with the 2020 Volunteer in Action Service Group Award. In the accouchement, the foundation was recognized by its dedication “to teach district students about character education, instilling in them the importance of resolving conflicts in healthy, nonviolent ways.”

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Buddhist Tzu Chi Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Master Cheng Yen Shih

Buddhist Tzu Chi Education Foundation

Term: 1997 -

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.