Institute for Ethical Leadership


One Washington Park
Newark, NJ 07102
County: Middlesex


Ms. Victoria Fernandez

Grant Amount


Program Area

Technical Assistance


Grant Details

To support New Jersey-based participants in the newly launched Rutgers Executive Cultural and Ethnic Arts Leadership Program (CEAL).

Organization Background

Launched in 2005, the Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) was conceived by its co-founders James Abruzzo and Alex Plinio, as a comprehensive and holistic response to the ever-present need for effective leadership in the nonprofit sector. Its mission is to promote and strengthen sustainable ethical leadership to enhance civil society. In recognition and appreciation for its work and successes, in 2008, the IEL was awarded a $2 million gift to Rutgers University to expand the mission, focus and purview to include ethical leadership education, training and programs across all sectors. Under this new structuring, the IEL has incorporated the work, mission and purpose of its predecessor, and, to this day, nonprofit leadership development continues to be a major focus of the IEL. The IEL is led by the co-founders, who have direct oversight and set policy for the IEL. Together, they have more than 60 years of professional experience leading, managing, and guiding leaders in the business, government and nonprofit sectors. Ann Buchholtz, Ph.D., joined the staff of the IEL as the tenured Professor of Leadership and Ethics and the Research Director of the Institute, and is responsible for conducting research, connecting the IEL with other universities and institutes globally, creating curricula, and overseeing instruction for students and professionals. The IEL has an advisory board comprised of CEOs and senior executives from leading nonprofit organizations, foundations and corporations. Their expertise has provided valuable input for our strategic plan and its implementation.

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