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Tzu Chi Foundation honored in U.S.

Tzu Chi Foundation honored in U.S.

Los Angeles, May 15 (CNA) The United States chapter of Taiwan's Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation was honored Tuesday as the Member of the Year in a U.S. non-profit organization for voluntary groups. Tzu Chi Foundation received the Member of the Year Award at the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster's (NVOAD's) 2013 national conference in Portland, Oregon, beating four other finalists. The NVOAD, which was founded in 1970 to serve as a platform for voluntary organizations to share knowledge and resources, has some 110 member groups in the U.S. Tzu Chi Foundation said it became an NVOAD member in 2006 and has since been the only Buddhist organization in the group. Since it registered as a non-profit organization in California, Tzu Chi Foundation has expanded in the U.S. and now has more than 100 offices and over 200,000 members. Tzu Chi Foundation was established in Taiwan in the 1960s. The foundation provides humanitarian assistance to countries around the world and is known as one of the first aid groups to arrive on site after disasters such as the Sichuan earthquake in 2008 and the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004. (By Oscar Wu and Jamie Wang)