giving tuesday

What CMSC Needs. . .Is You

“… to alleviate human suffering and improve the collective well-being of the planet through the practice of self-compassion.”

As a reader of this blog, I imagine that our mission statement above aligns with your own aspirations. For that, I am grateful to you.

Human suffering was a painful reality for so many before the pandemic, but Covid-19 added its own kind of devastation. Whether it is family, work, social change, where we live or our health, the pandemic has led us to consider the fundamental question of self-compassion: “What do I truly need?”

These changes have impacted CMSC, as we reach out to help a growing number of people and communities to help answer this question through the practice of self-compassion.

Here is where you come in: we need your support today
to truly use this unique situation to make our world
a more compassionate (and self-compassionate) place.

While the pandemic hurt so many organizations, we have been inundated with increasing requests for self-compassion training. In fact, moving online has brought a huge influx of people from marginalized and underserved communities to seek out our services. As a small non-profit organization, we were able to pivot in response to the pandemic. But we need more resources to continue to meet the unprecedented need and urgent demands we face today.​


I am asking you today for your financial support to help us meet the global demand for self-compassion training. Compassion may seem to you (as it does to me) to be a vanishing commodity in society. But we can make a difference together if we focus on achievable, meaningful goals.

A few key groups that CMSC is focused on reaching more effectively are:

  • Teens: Teens in our society today are struggling, and our Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (MSC-T) program is a powerful offering that promises to make a difference.
  • Diverse and Underserved People: CMSC is deeply committed to social justice and to overcoming barriers of all kinds. Teaching online has touched some in these communities, but this effort has only scratched the surface.
  • Healthcare Professionals: The pandemic has taken a heartbreaking toll on the medical profession. Self-compassion has proven to reduce burnout and build resilience, and we are actively bringing the practice to healthcare communities.

Please take a moment to consider how your gift of any amount could help make a difference in the lives of so many.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and care. If you are able to donate, you can donate here.

With much appreciation for your interest in CMSC,

Steven D. Hickman, Psy.D.
Executive Director
Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the standards of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Therefore, your donation may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donate here.