March 18, 2012
Rushworth Kidder, Advocate for FosteringMore Ethical Organizations Worldwide
Age at death: 67
Major philanthropy role: In 1990, Rushworth Kidder founded the nonprofit Institute for Global Ethics. The move was spurred by a trip he made to the ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, where thousands of lives were lost directly or ended prematurely from the effects of cancer. It was a turning point in his life, says his longtime friend Carl Hausman. According to Mr.