IGE Receives a $50,000 Grant to Launch a Region-Wide Ethics Initiative Serving Greater Kansas City

(Madison, WI) - The Institute for Global Ethics received a $50,000 grant from the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, of Kansas City, MO. The grant is intended to help jump-start a citywide training initiative in Kansas City.

The primary purpose of the grant is to fund a series of Ethical Fitness® trainings to schools and nonprofit organizations in and around Kansas City. At these trainings, certified IGE trainers will present a process by which attendees will not only become more aware of ethical issues, but also gain valuable, real-life tools to resolve dilemmas. In a group setting, they will learn to define, process, and resolve these dilemmas, while learning how to recognize similar situations when they return to their homes and workplaces.

This initial grant will allow IGE to present a briefing to Kansas City foundations and philanthropists on future opportunities for involvement. The briefing will be held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art on November 17, 2015. It will continue a conversation that IGE’s President and CEO Anthony J. Gray and Mary Kemper-Wolf began back in June 2014, during which the two discussed the many ways IGE might initiate this project.

“IGE is enormously grateful to Mary, Bebe Kemper, and the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust,” said Gray. “Their support of the development of IGE’s newly created ‘Kansas City Model’ will fundamentally transform the way the Institute provides training not only in the Kansas City area, but across the rest of the country.”

“It’s just such a unique opportunity,” said Kemper-Wolf. “The organizations that will benefit from this training face a host of issues that are especially acute in their sector, including conflicts of interest, the need for transparent reporting, the obligation to fulfill donor intent, and many more. It’s not every day you have the chance to help provide such important tools to such a large number of people who help serve the people of Kansas City. We’re thrilled to be partnering with an organization like IGE that’s willing to take on that kind of challenge.”

About IGE: Founded in 1990 with offices in New York City, Camden, Maine and headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin the Institute for Global Ethics in is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context ( www.globalethics.org).
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