Mission of the Tai Chi Foundation
To study and teach tai chi to increase health and consciousness and to cultivate “strength of softness” in an atmosphere of support, compassion and wisdom.
Our work and teaching have made a difference in the lives of more than 100,000 people.
Some attend our programs for community, others attend for continued education and still others attend for health rewards. We thank our friends, teachers, students and associates who have given to TCF in the past, and who have helped form the future for our organization and community. We need your help to keep up our good work.
Did You Know?
Most years we benefit from the equivalent contribution of about 4 full-time, highly-skilled workers, resulting in approximately 8,000-plus hours in volunteer service a year from our committed board and members. This amounts to about $250,000 hours of donated time to bring the highest quality of tai chi programming to you. Teachers work regularly to promote training events, develop curriculum and new teaching methods. While this is a testament to TCF’s board of directors and their commitment, it still takes money to keep bringing our teaching to the world.
How is our budget spent?
Annual dues from members are about one-third of our total annual budget. We rely on fundraising and gifts to cover our shortfall through the generosity of teachers, students, friends and associates, to create dynamic education and training courses in tai chi chuan.
- Development of new teaching methods and materials. TCF’s teaching curriculum is never stagnant. Your senior teachers and legacy holders work year-round to develop new, improved teaching methods, training events and experience-ships for beginners and advanced students.
- We provide capacity-building grants to tai chi schools, start-up funding for sponsored-trainings and scholarships.
- Summer camp tuitions are kept reasonably low for the general public, often breaking-even. Winter trainings for teachers are conducted by the cream of the crop TCF faculty, who often work for less than half of their actual rate.
- A robust website has been designed to meet our members’ needs. It is an investment in the future for TCF. This is how we communicate in a global community.
When you consider a gift to your favorite charity,
think of the Tai Chi Foundation.
Your donation dollars are spent wisely.