Why Give?

Now more than ever, we need public leaders who can apply principles of ethical reasoning to the pressing problems of public policy and management.

Public and nonprofit organizations play increasingly important roles in delivering a wide range of services for the public good, whether through social services, education, child welfare, community development, health and wellness, or the arts.

But officials and leaders of this vast and varied network of organizations face significant challenges: reductions in funding, increased demand for services, and recruitment and retention of qualified professionals and volunteers are but a few of many challenges facing those who toil in the many realms of public service.

Your gift to the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership provides support for teaching, research, and public outreach activities that positively impact professional and institutional ethics and accountability in public leadership.

With the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs as its home, the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is unique in its ability to reach current and future public policy officials and nonprofit leaders and to prepare them with the professional knowledge and personal fortitude for a lifetime of ethical public service.

How to Give

There are many ways to give; let us help you determine which is right for you.

  • When you make an annual contribution of $1,000 or more, you will be recognized as a member of the Chancellor’s Circle and will be invited to the annual Chancellor’s Circle event as a special guest of the Chancellor.
  • By making a minimum contribution of $50,000 (may be $2,000 per year over five years), you can establish a named Endowed Fund for the Johnson Institute. Endowed Funds provide support in perpetuity and may include matching gifts from your employer or planned giving options.
  • By making a contribution through a bequest, annuity, trust, life insurance policy or other means, you will be inducted into the University of Pittsburgh’s 1787 Society. The Society recognizes alumni and friends who have made a commitment through a planned or deferred gift.
  • Your gift of any size may be made online through our secure online giving form, or by mailing your check, made payable to "University of Pittsburgh," along with a completed pledge card to: Pitt Annual Fund, Park Plaza, 128 North Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

For a confidential discussion about giving opportunities, please contact Jean Hale, Development Director, at 412-624-6660 or

Your gift of any size makes a difference and is truly appreciated. 

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership
3917 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260