CU campuses to benefit from Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative’s $11.25 million

Purpose is to strengthen teaching of principle-based ethics
By Staff

Three schools across the University of Colorado system are among the 11 institutions in the Rocky Mountain West chosen to benefit from funding of $11.25 million over five years (2015-2019) to continue the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative.

Launched in 2010, the initiative supports teaching principle-based ethics, emphasizing real-world applications that extend beyond campus and into the community.

The Daniels Fund Board of Directors recently approved the continuation of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. The decision, which was announced Monday, comes after the board evaluated the success of the five-year pilot program in eight universities in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, and opted to increase the number of participants and, subsequently, the number of students reached.

The CU Denver Business School and CU Law School at CU-Boulder are among the three new colleges or schools that have been accepted into this five-year Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, increasing the total number to 11. Among the original eight, the UCCS College of Business also will continue in the initiative.

Other institutions receiving funding: Colorado Mesa University Department of Business, Colorado State University College of Business, New Mexico State University College of Business, University of Denver Daniels College of Business, University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management, University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and University of Wyoming College of Business.

Reflecting Bill Daniels’ personal commitment to ethics and integrity, the Ethics Initiative was established to strengthen the teaching of principle-based ethics, fostering a high standard of ethics in students – even beyond the campus and into the community.

Executive leaders from these colleges – all members of the Ethics Consortium – work collaboratively to share expertise and resources through the Ethics Consortium website.  Each college’s grant provides for development and implementation of new curriculum, programs, and activities that engage their students in real-world application of ethical principles. As well, students, faculty, and community leaders participate in the annual Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition and Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Summit.

Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his generosity, established the Daniels Fund to extend his legacy of giving far beyond his lifetime. The Daniels Fund operates the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program, the Daniels Fund Grants Program, and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  Learn more at