Responsibility, Building Character & Being in Community




The Markula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is one of the preeminent centers for research and dialogue on ethical issues in critical areas of American life. The center works with faculty, staff, students, community leaders, and the public to address ethical issues more effectively in teaching, research, and action. The center’s focus areas are business, health care and biotechnology, character education, government, global leadership, technology, and emerging issues in ethics.


The Center for Investigative Reporting is one of the best sources of actual news and investigative reporting. Most media outlets simply aggregate and post “news,” but the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is different in providing thoroughly reported stories on the environment, immigration, government accountability, education, health, campaign finance and more. One of their brands–California Watch–is simply one of the best sources for news and information in and about California.


Josephson Institute Center for Ethics is a public-benefit, nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization founded by Michael Josephson in honor of his parents. Since 1987, the Institute has conducted programs and workshops for over 100,000 influential leaders including legislators and mayors, high-ranking public executives, congressional staff, editors and reporters, senior corporate and nonprofit executives, judges and lawyers, and military and police officers. This site makes for intriguing reading on the latest large-scale survey on youth and ethical behavior. provides links to the U.S. Senate, including staff listings, legislation and Senate records. provides links to the U.S. House of Representatives, including staff listings, legislation and House of Representatives records.


Charity Watch (formerly American Institute of Philanthropy) is a nonprofit charity watchdog and information service, aims to maximize the effectiveness of every dollar contributed to charity by providing donors with the information they need to make more informed giving decisions. This is a great site to find out where to give and how your dollars and time might be best utilized.