LET’S SHAPE A BETTER WORLD, TOGETHER.

Every day our lives are punctuated by decisions. Some will be momentous, remembered for decades, others will go unnoticed. But all these choices matter. Taken as a whole they shape our lives, contribute to the rhythms of the world, and ultimately become our history, and our future.

For 30 years The Ethics Centre has worked to bring ethics to the centre of everyday life; bringing people from all walks of life together to open minds, build tolerance, embed ethics in their decisions and actions, and tackle tough conversations in respectful debate.

As an independent not-for-profit, we rely on your donations to enable us to plan an expansive future that will realise our ultimate vision – the better world we’d all like to live in. Every gift makes a difference.

WAYS TO DONATE

There are a number of ways you can support our work, and deepen your impact. To make a secure gift now, please click the ‘MAKE A DONATION’ button below, or download a hardcopy form here. If you have any questions, please contact Rosemary directly by phone +61 2 8267 5725 or email rosemary.smithson@ethics.org.auThe Ethics Centre is registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Donations

Donations help expand our ongoing projects; are channelled into pilots and research; can be the final injection needed to bring a new ethics training program to life. Donate what you can, when you can with a one off or regular contribution.

Catalysts

Catalysts sustain us by giving $5,000 each year. You’ll have immediate impact on our capacity to deliver more programs to larger and more diverse audiences, spreading ethical decision making tools and skills to those that need it most.

Bequests

Contribute to a more ethical world for future generations by making a gift to The Ethics Centre in your will. With a notified bequest, you’ll help ensure we can make significant additions to our education, advice and advocacy programs into the future.

Major Gifts

Transformational gifts are investments in issues and ideas. As a major donor you’ll enable game-changing projects and initiatives that will reposition ethics in society. Your major gift will create a distinct and tangible opportunity to alter the future.

WHY WE GIVE

“I’ve grown as an individual through The Ethics Centre’s programs and my support ensures others can continue to benefit through their work as well.”

Shabnan Hameed
Gendered violence specialist
International Finance Corporation

“The Ethics Centre is that independent voice, the impartial challenger, a critical friend, a commentator engaging people in debates asking “What is the society that we want to live in?”

Emily Albert
Social impact and sustainability consultant
The Incus Group

“If you dig deeply you see their work has a huge multiplier effect – influencing the behaviour of individuals, and then collectively, of corporations and of government.”

Alan Schwartz AM
Trawalla Foundation

“The Ethics Centre is like a collective social conscience. I don’t know of anywhere else that does this. It’s leading new thinking and driving real change.”

Jenny Ferguson
Member for 25 years

WHAT YOUR DONATION WILL SUPPORT

Our programs and services tackle the important ethical issues we face today, and the challenges that lie ahead. There is much more to do. Ethics needs further funding to address the important issues already encountered, those in waiting, and those still to be identified by humanity. Please consider supporting our work, and our vision for a world with ethics at the centre.

GROUND BREAKING RESEARCH

We have a proven record of developing new thinking into, and solutions for, the ethical challenges that lie ahead. We’re only held back by the lack of resources to do more.

ONLINE TOOLS

Our innovative online tools, many of which require further development funds, could help us reach critical mass, and develop critical thinking and decision making skills across society.

FREE SUPPORT

Too many people are unaware of our free counselling helpline, Ethi-call. Help us build awareness to guide people through their toughest challenges.

DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Our events, like the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and IQ2, facilitate community discussion about society’s biggest issues. Your support can help us extend these programs to new audiences.

GOOD DECISION MAKING

Primary Ethics now teaches over 40,000 children in NSW primary schools. Help us extend ethics and critical thinking skills to older children in secondary schools Australia-wide.

ETHICS IN CURRENT AFFAIRS

Quality independent opinion and analysis is so important in an era of fake news and echo chambers. Help us build society’s capacity to go deeper on the issues that divide us.

ETHICS AT THE CENTRE OF BEING HUMAN

BRINGING ETHICS TO THE CENTRE OF EVERYDAY LIFE

PROVEN TRACK RECORD

We’ve helped people and organisations tackle ethical challenges or set the foundations to confront them when they come, for almost 30 years. We work with companies of all sizes, governments and the military, schools and universities, community groups and nonprofits, to spark positive social change, advance the position of ethics and guide people at all levels of society to act ethically.

INDEPENDENT

As a self-funded non-profit, we’ll never compromise our independence. We don’t receive significant funding from any government or corporation, so we’re not dancing to anyone else’s tune. We won’t shy away from hard truths or uncomfortable topics. And we’ll never trade doing what’s right, for what’s easy – or profitable – even if it pits us against public opinion.

CONVENING POWER

Our independence affords us valuable convening power – the ability to bring diverse or opposing groups together to discuss sensitive issues, resolve shared challenges or commit to higher standards of integrity. Major social impact initiatives like Primary Ethics and The Banking and Finance Oath, have been built on the back of this collaboration.

LOCAL & GLOBAL

As a small, agile nonprofit with an appetite for innovation and a passion for a better world, we offer our support where it’s most needed. From counselling clients globally through our helpline, recharging important conversations through events both in Australia and overseas, to advising leaders in some of the world’s largest companies, our work continues to mobilise to where the greatest need lies.

WORKING ACROSS SOCIETY

Complex ethical problems don’t discriminate between everyday people and our leaders or public figures. They can be individual and private, or widespread and systemic, involving groups, organisations or whole communities. We help people from all walks of life – from senior leaders to school kids – make their way through the ethical challenges we face today.

FUTURE FOCUSED

Rapid advances in technology are creating entirely new ethical frontiers to be concerned about. In this age of disruption, we have an even greater need for courage, leadership, agility and critical thinking. That’s why a key part of what we do involves exploring, understanding and challenging what the future holds.

SUPPORT OUR WORK

SUPPORT OUR WORK TO BRING ETHICS TO THE CENTRE

As an independent not-for-profit, we rely on your donations to enable us to reach more people. Download our case for support guide to find out more about what we do, our impact and the people who support us. 

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OUR IMPACT

40,000+

40,000 children each week in over 450 NSW schools, develop their critical thinking skills through Primary Ethics classes.

1000s

Many thousands have found a path through their personal or professional ethical challenges thanks to our free counselling helpline, Ethi-call – established in 1991.

50,000+

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas offers a platform for bold, brave and difficult conversations about our most complex issues. Over 50,000 people have attended, with hundreds of thousands more engaged online.

All 4

Staff and leaders from all four major Australian banks, as well other industry leaders, have adopted an ethic of shared values through the Banking and Finance Oath.

30

30 years of ethics counselling and support to society – and many more ahead.

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DONOR SUPPORTED INITIATIVES

PRIMARY ETHICS

Highly trained volunteers are fostering critical thinking in 40,000 children each week, with Primary Ethics classes taught at over 450 NSW primary schools.

IQ2 DEBATES

Record numbers attended IQ2 debates in 2018, or listened in on ABC Radio, bridging polarisation with reasoned debate about our most divisive issues.

ADVOCACY

We actively campaign the government to fully consider all perspectives on society’s most difficult issues, such as the ethical considerations of assisted dying.

ETHI-CALL

Callers from across Australia and overseas have been guided through their most challenging decisions, via Ethi-call, our free helpline service.

ETHICS FRAMEWORK

AMP Capital invited The Ethics Centre to help them design a robust ethical investment framework and define clear no-go investment boundaries. Despite a global investment climate where returns generally trump social responsibility, the organisation divested $600m from tobacco and manufacturers of munitions, landmines, chemical and biological weapons.

INDIGENOUS INEQUALITY

In 2015, The Ethics Centre provided a
platform for several great thinkers to debate
racism in Australia at our IQ2 debate,
Racism is Destroying the Australian Dream.
Amidst widespread indifference to Indigenous inequality, journalist Stan Grant’s impassioned plea for change on the night went viral and has been lauded as “Australia’s greatest anti-racism speech”. The Centre was subsequently a finalist in the United Nations Media Peace Awards for this powerful appeal.

BESPOKE TRAINING

Following the suicide of a London nurse
after the ‘Royal prank call’ by an Australian
radio station, The Ethics Centre was called in to provide bespoke ethics training. More than 240 staff at Southern Cross Austereo were trained to recognise ethical issues, develop skills to better navigate difficult situations and work against a culture of laughs at any price.

COUNSELLING

In 1991, The Ethics Centre Established
Ethi-call, a free and independent national helpline for those stuck and struggling to know what to do when facing an ethical dilemma. Thousands have been guided through their toughest challenges in their work, family or social lives by highly trained counsellors. Post-call feedback shows the service relieves distress and helps callers find a path forward.

Thank you for supporting our work