Annual Appeal 2017
A Message from Anthony J. Gray
Dear Friends of IGE,
I’ve had the privilege of sending out an annual appeal letter each
of the four years I’ve been with the Institute, but this year, it
feels very different.
I think we’ve all seen, over the past twelve months, how ethical
decisionmaking can play out across a global stage. Whatever one’s
personal opinions or political leanings, people are discussing ethics
more than ever before. But to us, ethics has always been an everyday matter.
That’s what we’ve been doing for almost thirty years.
That’s another reason this appeal feels different: our work at IGE
is about to enter a bold new era, and I’m asking you to be a part
of it. As you read about what we’ve been doing in 2017, and our
ambitions for the future, I hope you realize that none of it would exist
without you. That fact never strays far from my mind. I sincerely hope,
both as you’re reading this letter and over the months to come,
that the pride you take in the work we do at IGE will echo the pride we
at IGE feel every day, knowing we have the support of people like you.
Building Our Team
We’ve always known that, for IGE to truly achieve our long-term goals,
we’d need to put together a uniquely talented group of individuals,
and that’s exactly the team we spent 2017 building. We’ve
brought some remarkable people on board, and established programs to discover
and secure new talent moving forward. At all levels, IGE is stronger,
smarter, and more adaptable than ever. And we’ll need to be. The
next few years will present sustained, complex challenges, and that’s
precisely the sort of work our team signed on to do.
Spreading Our Message
But our work does not occur in a vacuum, because ethical decisionmaking
is a fundamentally communal concern. It’s easy to make the right
choice when you’re the only one involved, but ethics are about learning
to see the bigger picture, to treat other people better so we all live
better lives. That’s always been our message.
Over the next year, our voice is going to get a lot clearer. This modern
internet age offers new, powerful ways to speak, so although we’ll
still send out Newsline® and commentaries over e-mail, and there will
always be a place for stuffing envelopes, we’re also going to increase
our profile on social media. We’ve got some exciting campaigns lined
up, and I hope that if you aren’t already following us, that you
will be soon. The conversation never stops online, and we’d love
you to be a part of it. Because in 2017, some of the most important communities
in the world aren’t built with bricks and mortar.
Ethical Exemplars: Moral Courage in Action
Nothing gets people to listen like having something powerful to say. I’ve
been writing commentaries on current events and social issues for the
last few years, but in 2018, we’re going to expand our creative
efforts far, far beyond that: instead of simply commenting on the news,
we intend to create it.
Ethical Exemplars is the documentary and multimedia project I’ve
been dreaming about since before I joined IGE, and 2018 is the year it
gets made. Through a series of interviews with people whose lives have
demonstrated significant moral and ethical gravitas and consistent moral
courage, we intend to codify their collective wisdom and learn how to
live more like these extraordinary individuals we so greatly admire.
I’m excited to show you what we’ve been working on. Over the
next few months, we’ll be posting explanatory videos and historical
footage on social media. We’ll release a film trailer. On the Ethical
Exemplars website, you’ll be able to watch all of our clips, read
more about the project, and sign up to receive future updates. This project
of ours could change the world, and that’s no small thing. That’s
why I’m so committed to doing it right, to doing it together, and,
most importantly, to doing it now.
Now is always the best time to do great things, and together is the only
way to get them done. That’s why I write these letters every year:
because I see the potential for greatness in this organization, and I
know with your support, we can make that vision a reality. I hope you’ll
join us on this journey, and help IGE as we work to build a better, more
Anthony J. Gray
President and CEO