Ethics in Family Philanthropy: Right Vs. Right Decision-Making

Ethical issues affect every facet of a family’s philanthropy from its structure and mission to its investment, grantmaking strategies, and perhaps most importantly, governance structure. The role of ethics and values is so integral to how families define and carryout their missions, and the expectations for ethical behavior among philanthropists so high that it’s easy to become overwhelmed or stymied. So how does a family successfully address issues of ethics in their philanthropy? Join this fascinating discussion with internationally renowned ethicist and long-time foundation trustee Dr. Rush Kidder, the founder and former CEO of the Institute for Global Ethics. Please note that while Dr. Kidder passed away in spring 2012, his legacy and guidance live on through this special webinar.

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Ruthworth Kidder demonstrated his expertise in the matter of understanding right vs. right issues, particulary as they affect family philanthropy, and provided participants with practical tools and food for thought when dealing with future ethical dilemmas.

David Roth, The Yoreinu Foundation

I have taught business ethics and worked with innumerable families in defining and acting on their shared values, and I found Rush Kidder’s presentation to be the best I have heard on these topics. His very explanation of the prcess for making ethical decisions and practical examples applying what he described was exceptionally helpful.

Sam Davis, The Davis Group

The information presented provided a language for discussing the topic of ethics with board and staff.


Great suggestions for how to resolve dilemmas. The speaker was excellent in the way he walked us thorugh the issues and referred to the slides. He is a very good presenter!


The speaker presented a better way of discussing shared values and applying them to family decision-making.


Thanks for this, such a timely topic… and always useful info.


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