The Compassion Collective

1: Our  Story

The Compassion Collective was born as a response the Syrian refugee crisis, the worst humanitarian emergency the world has seen since World War II. We knew our action in the face of  this crisis would define us. We want to be remembered as the generation that chose Love over Fear.

The response to our initial campaign was stunning — within 31 hours, the 5 communities of our founding members came together to raise one million dollars to care for refugees in Europe. The Compassion Collective does not use any donations to cover overhead, so 100% of the money we received went to feed, shelter, warm and save refugees in need.

In May 2016, we launched a Mother’s Day campaign, continuing our work with refugees and extending our mission to include caring for homeless youth in the United States.  Because love is not Either/Or. Love is AND/BOTH. Our communities rallied again and raised over $560,000 to fund these causes. We have now raised over $2 million together, and our work continues.

We believe this moment in time is asking us critical questions. We will respond with compassion.

Compassion will guide us. Compassion is humanity’s North Star. It will always guide us out of the dark, back toward peace, hope and each other.

Join us in a circle of humanity standing shoulder to shoulder, together saying:

In a fearful world, I stand with love.


Our symbol is the compass. We vow to let compassion guide us, one step at a time.

We’re Taking Back Mother’s Day

In May 2016, The Compassion Collective came together to honor the original spirit of Mother’s Day, uniting our communities in care for motherless children in the United States and abroad.

Julia Ward Howe

Mother’s Day was not created by Hallmark, but by a revolutionary warrior for peace. Julia Ward Howe — abolitionist, activist and poet — was the founder of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Tired of war, tired of tribalism being valued above the lives of the vulnerable, her pain became her mission. She called out for revolution and she called this revolution: Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day IS about Love. But it’s not about commercial, comfortable love that snuggles up and stays home—it’s about love that throws open the door and marches out of our homes, beyond our fences and neighborhoods and into the hurting world to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the hurting, mother the motherless.

2: Our Projects

We’ve raised over $2 million together, and this money has been and will continue to be used to work with refugees and also to care for homeless youth in the United States. Love is not Either/Or. Love is AND/ BOTH.

Unaccompanied Refugee Children

Unaccompanied Refugee Children

On any given night, there are over 35,000 refugee children on their own in Europe, having lost their parents, temporarily or forever. Children are sick and starving and thousands of people are trapped on closed borders, living in horrific conditions. Funds from The Compassion Collective are feeding thousands of starving people every day, providing medical care for the pregnant and sick, and saving drowning babies from the sea. We will continue to care for the mothers and fathers who have lost everything trying to find peace for their babies. We will mother these motherless children of ours.

Homeless American Youth

Homeless Teen

On any given night, there are well over 200,000 hungry, cold, homeless youth sleeping on the streets of America. They are homeless because of poverty, abuse, aging out of foster care, illness, and rejection. We will be working across the United States to mother the motherless by sheltering, feeding, and clothing our youth in cities including Philadelphia, L.A, Portland, Detroit, and New York City. There is no such thing as other people’s children. Let’s step in for those who couldn’t parent their babies. As our partners at Project HOME say: None of us are home until all of us are home. 

3: Our Call


We are working to feed, clothe, shelter, and save our refugee and homeless sisters, brothers, and children. Please click here to join the work by giving now, or text the word COMPASSION to 91999 to receive the donation form on your phone. The maximum donation is $25 and donations of $5, $10 or $15 dollars will change the world.

 THE COMPASSION COLLECTIVE USES ZERO OF YOUR DONATIONS FOR  OVERHEAD. Every penny we receive goes directly to help people in need. We have already raised over $2 million—click here to see the life-saving work those funds are doing every day.


We are determined to find our compassion tribe, our love army, the rest of our collective. ARE YOU ONE OF US? STAND WITH US.  Please like the new Facebook page of The Compassion Collective to stay up-to-date with our Love Revolution. We will be stronger together. And tell us and the world who you are by clicking here to add an overlay to your profile picture.


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The Collective Team

Elizabeth Gilbert

Rob Bell

Cheryl Strayed


Brené Brown

Glennon Doyle Melton

And our Mother’s Day Project Partners :

Marie Forleo

Laverne Cox

Valarie Kaur

Please, take hold of your power today by using your voice and platform for good. Courage and compassion are contagious – people want to be brave but they need you to be brave first. Join us as a Compassion Collective Organizer by telling your world: I STAND WITH LOVE.

Please—give what you can today. $5, $10 and $25 gifts, combined together,
will change the world. 

100% of the donations we receive will go directly to support people in need.


We Are The Compassion Collective. We Stand With Love.

To work in the most effective ways possible, we have connected with nimble, effective non-governmental organizations who are acting fast to change lives. Led by Together Rising which uses zero of your dollars for administrative costs, we have partnered with  Help Refugees in London and organizations serving homeless youth across the United States. We are working with them to distribute funding for refugees abroad and homeless programs in the United States. 100% of the donations we receive will go directly to care for those in need.

Project HOME

Help Refugees

To reach homeless youth across the United States, we will be working with non-profit organizations including Project HOMENew Avenues for Youth, Safe Horizon’s Streetwork, LifeSet Network, the Ruth Ellis Center and Casa Youth Shelter.

Working with our partner Help Refugees, we’ll be caring for refugees abroad by supporting organizations including  Médecins du Monde, Lighthouse Relief, and the Starfish Foundation.

Together Rising

All donations will be collected and distributed through the non-profit Together Rising. All projects will be vetted and approved by Together Rising and The Collective Organizers, and 100% of funds received will go directly to support people in need.

The Work Continues

The Compassion CollectiveSince December 2015, The Compassion Collective has distributed over $1.4 million dollars in aid to for refugees in Europe. Every penny we’ve received has gone directly to refugee aid. For Mother’s Day, we extended our appeal—we will continue our work with refugees, and we will also care for homeless youth in the United States.

Click Here to Visit Momastery and to Read More About What Your Gifts Are Doing For Refugees

Find Out More About Our Mother’s Day Project

Join Us

All donations will be collected and distributed through Together Rising, a tax-deductible 501(c)(3), Tax ID #45-5362738. All projects will be vetted and approved by Together Rising and The Collective Organizers, and 100% of funds received will go directly to care for people in need.