An Analysis of Human Resources of Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society: From the Perspective of Social Capital
Non-profit organizations have emerged and grown rapidly, and covered wide areas including social service, policy promulgation, education and culture, medical service, and religions with significant influences on the nation and society. In recent years, Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society has expanded quickly, and become the largest religious non-profit organization in Taiwan, as well as the collective memory of the Taiwanese society. Therefore, when "Tzu-Chi phenomenon" becomes a social fact, and real life experience to Taiwanese people in daily living, the investigation on the human resources of "Tzu-Chi experience" is the focus of this study. Therefore, this study explored the human resources of Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society from the perspective of social capital theory, in order to understand the interactive network that bonded the human resources of Tzu-Chi and the community, as well as the rich connotation of social capital derived therefrom. The objectives of this study were, based on the investigation of the social capital of the Tzu-Chi human resources, on one hand, to probe into the development context of the foundation boards, full-time staffs and volunteers and their interactive relationships based on viewpoints of theories and practices, and on another hand, to analyze the connotation of the social capital of the Tzu-Chi human resources. Based on the development of human resources in "Tzu-Chi experience", this study attempted to verify and reflect upon the social mobility power and influences of the religious non-profit organization.