“It’s not how much we
give, but how much love
we put into giving.”
– Mother Teresa

Val J. Halamandaris and Mother Teresa

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

Founded by Val J. Halamandaris in 1985 to honor and promote the values of caring, integrity, and public service.  Inspired by Mother Teresa, the Institute believes that caring is the one-word distillation of the Golden Rule.  We also maintain that most problems can be solved by individuals who transcend self and devote their lives to serving others, especially the disadvantaged, poor, disabled, and dying.  The Institute celebrates these people and holds them up as role models to be emulated by all. 

In addition to its Awards program, the Institute gives scholarship monies to young adult honorees, fulfills requests of terminally ill children through its Dream 4 Kids program, provides work experience for public service minded youth, and sponsors the Art of Caring contest, encouraging elementary school students to express what caring means to them through the medium of photography. 

The institute sponsors the Caring Hall of Fame in the Frederick Douglass Museum, where the inspiring stories and photographs of all awardees are on display.  This historic site is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


Board of Directors

International Chair
Glenn Kielty
Kathleen M. Brennan
Dr. Ruth L. Constant
Diane Deacon
Founder and Executive Director
Val J. Halamandaris
Robert L. Byers, Michael Collopy,
Rodney D. Windley

Board of Trustees


Robert J. Dole
Thomas Daschle

Honorary Board of Trustees

Patch Adams, M.D.
Hon. John B. Anderson
Mr. Walter Anderson
Mr. Paul L. Berry, Jr.
Hon. James J. Blanchard
Hon. Don Bonker
Hon. Nancy Brinker
Hon. William E. Brock, III
Hon. Dale Bumpers
Hon. Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Hon. Thomas R. Carper
Benjamin S. Carson, M.D.
Mr. Marvin Cetron
Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Hon. Dick Clark
Hon. Max Cleland
Ms. Mary Jo Copeland
Mr. Sam Daley-Harris
Hon. Hal Daub
Mr. Hugh Downs
Hon. Donald M. Fraser
Hon. Parris Glendening
Ms. Susan Goldwater-Levine
Rev. Billy Graham
Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D.
Hon. Margaret M. Heckler
Hon. Alexis Herman
Sandra Hernandez, M.D.
Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh
Ms. Frances Hesselbein
Mr. Lloyd Hill
Mr. David Horowitz
Mr. Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.
Hon. Kevin Johnson
Hon. J. Bennett Johnston
Hon. William J. Keating
C. Everett Koop, M.D.
Mr. Paul David Leopoulos
Hon. Bob Livingston
Ms. Kathy Mattea
Jack B. McConnell, M.D.
Hon. Carol Moseley Braun
Hon. Ben Nelson
Mr. William D. Novelli
Mr. Tom Peters
Ms. Betty D. Pope
Ms. Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson
Mr. Cal Ripken, Jr.
Ms. Cokie Roberts
Mr. Tim Sanders
Hon. Patricia Schroeder
Mr. Horst H. Schulze
Mr. Willard Scott
Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.
Hon. Alan Simpson
Hon. Louis Stokes
Ms. Susan Sullivan
Ms. Mary Suther
Hon. Billy Tauzin
Hon. Tommy G. Thompson
Ms. Margaret Wheatley
Hon. James C. Wright, Jr.