In 1992, the nonprofit Josephson Institute of Ethics hosted a gathering of experts in ethics and character education to find ways to work together, primarily by developing a common language of core ethical values that transcend religious, political and socioeconomic differences.
The conference, held in Aspen, Colorado, produced the Aspen Declaration on Character Education, which identified the values we now call the Six Pillars of Character — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Read more about the Six Pillars »
To advance the goals of the Aspen Declaration, Josephson Institute in 1993 launched CHARACTER COUNTS! and assembled its Coalition, which consisted of a handful of national organizations.
Today, the Coalition has grown to include thousands of members and affiliates, including schools, school districts, youth-service groups, and even whole communities. Read about joining »