Widely known as a provocative speaker and stimulating author, Rushworth Kidder brings more than 30 years of insights to his discussions of corporate and global ethics. Dr. Kidder’s latest book, Moral Courage (HarperCollins, 2005), uses real-life stories from business, education, government, sports, and other areas to explain what moral courage is, what it does, and how we can develop it. Dr. Kidder’s previous book, How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living, has been praised by Jimmy Carter as “a thought-provoking guide to enlightened and progressive personal behavior.” Kidder has been a trustee of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, since 1990, and has board affiliations with a variety of other institutions. Read more…


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

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Rushworth Kidder

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… Read More

Why Did I Make All This Money: Values And Ethics In Family Foundations

Posted on October 20, 2002 by Rushworth Kidder

Donors who create successful family foundations generally begin by addressing three kinds of issues. The first are immediate and worldly- tax consequences, legal relationships, and family involvement, public visibility, and so forth. The second are a pair of searching issues that every donor must answer: Why did I make all this money? And, what do I want to do with it?… Read More

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