The Caring Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the principles of caring, integrity, and public service.

Founded in 1985, the Caring Institute was inspired by Mother Teresa who urged our founder to “do something” about the “poverty of the spirit” in the Western world using the power of caring, “the one-word summary of the Golden Rule which runs through all the great religions of the world.”  The Caring Institute believes the solution to most problems lies in the love, understanding and caring of one human being for another.  By honoring individuals and corporations who are large of spirit and holding them out as role models to be emulated by others, we strive to promote positive values and underscore the importance of service to others.  By providing college scholarship funds to young adults who exemplify a profound sense of character and who have made great contributions to society at a young age, we encourage young people to build a better and more caring world.  By fulfilling requests of terminally ill children through our Dreams 4 Kids program, we exemplify service to the dying and disabled.  Through our Art of Caring, we encourage all to express what caring means to them through the medium of photography.  Simply put, we celebrate the human spirit.

Caring Awards

The Caring Awards promote and honor acts of caring and humanitarian service around the country and internationally. Throughout the year, we receive nominations for individuals and corporations who have made contributions of significant impact to society. We honor adult, young adult and corporate winners with a ceremony and gala celebrating and promoting their commitment to others.  If you are interested in nominating an individual or corporation for a Caring award, please see our Awards page. Please also see our former awardees.

Dreams 4 Kids

The Caring Institute coordinates resources to fulfill the last wishes of children who are terminally ill. With input from our friends in home care and hospice and the strength of your contributions throughout the year, we are able to make special dreams come true.

Art of Caring

We encourage all to post and tag photos #theartofcaring and @c_a_r_i_n_g on Instagram to capture and express “what caring means” – an exercise of creativity and benevolence.


The Caring Institute awards college scholarship funds to young adult Caring Award winners. It is our hope that this gift will incite these bright minds to continue making a difference in the lives of others.