Compassion in Action: Compassion in Business and Government
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is committed to making Louisville the most compassionate and caring city in the world, Mayor Greg Fischer is in his third year as mayor. He has pursued three broad goals for his hometown: making Louisville a city of lifelong learning, a much healthier city and an even more compassionate community. In pursuit of that third goal, he has:
•Created the annual Give a Day Week of Service each spring in which more than 100,000 volunteers or acts of compassion were created. Give a Day kicks off the annual two-week Kentucky Derby Festival and was the key reason Louisville was named Most Livable City by the U.S. Conference of Mayor in 2012;
•Created the Compassionate Louisville initiative, which led to the city being named International Model City for Compassion;
•Led Louisville to become the largest city to sign onto the International Charter of Compassion.
Greg is an entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist and has been closely involved in the growth of Louisville’s unique Festival of Faiths event since its founding. He asked the festival to organize a special mini festival in May 2013 leading up to the Louisville visit of the Dalai Lama.