What is Compassionate Austin?

A key partner of the New Story, Compassionate Austin is a growing grassroots movement united to promote, strengthen, and celebrate compassionate action in Austin, Texas and surrounding communities.

Compassionate Austin has adopted the New Story as its signature festival! Its new Compassionate Austin Co-op network will officially kick-off at the New Story Festival with its first-ever Offers & Needs Market to be held on Sunday, March 31.

The Compassionate Austin movement highlights and supports compassionate efforts in the community, broadens compassion awareness and intention, strengthens compassion skills, collaborates to forge new relationships among compassionate organizations and individuals, and hosts activities to identify & meet community needs and increase engagement throughout Austin in compassionate action.

Compassionate Austin was officially endorsed by an Austin City Council Resolution in April 2016, joining dozens of other cities worldwide as a member of the Compassionate Communities campaign of Charter for Compassion International (another key partner of the New Story Festival), a global movement started in 2008 by author/scholar Karen Armstrong.

sign the Charter and Take the Pledge to Keep Austin Compassionate!

Watch the Love Out Loud Austin interview with Lesa Walker, Director of Compassionate Austin. Compassionate Austin is a growing grassroots movement united to promote, strengthen, and celebrate compassionate action in Austin, Texas and surrounding communities.