Buddhist Global Relief

Buddhist Global Relief is an organization of socially engaged Buddhists[1] with a mission to "combat chronic hunger and malnutrition"[2] founded by Bhikkhu Bodhi.[1][3]

When the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami happened, Bhikkhu Bodhi was moved to action.[4] He soon raised $160,000 with many dharma friends and when looking for charitable relief organizations he was dismayed to discover a dearth of Buddhist organizations.[4] Three years later, Bodhi authored an article in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly entitled "A Challenge to Buddhists"[5] which urged American Buddhists to be more socially engaged.[2][4]

Inspired by the article, Bodhi with some of his students formally established Buddhist Global Relief in June 2008 and had it registered the corporation in New Jersey.[4]

BGR works to create long term solutions for ending poverty and hunger as well as focusing on women's education and economic power worldwide.[6]

BGR has partnered with Helen Keller International to provide sufficient micronutrients to people in Niger and Mali.[4] Since 2009, BGR has partnered with Lotus Outreach to create "Food Scholarships for Girls to Stay in School" in Cambodia.[7] BGR was one of the 40 groups which pledged to work with "Tomorrow Together", a coalition created to promote a five-year initiative to encourage unity, empathy, and service each year on 9/11, through to the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in 2021.[8]

After the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, BGR made an emergency donation of $10,000[9] which was distributed among five charities: UNICEF, CARE, Direct Relief, Oxfam America, and the International Medical Corps.[10]

BGR was one of many organizations[11] which has attempted to aid Syrian Refugees.[12] As of December 2015, they donated $12,000 to be split among 6 charitable causes.[13]

To raise funds for their programs, BGR holds annual "Walks to Feed the Hungry" which take place in cities across the United States.[6]