The Ethics Institute, previously known as EthicsSA, was originally created in 2000 with strong financial support from the Merck Foundation. Since then, TEI has become financially self-sustaining, and operates simultaneously as a public institute and as a social enterprise.

In the former role, TEI produces freely-available research and thought-leading publications, contributes to national discourse and policy making, and attracts the support of individual Supporters and organisational Sponsors. In the latter role, we render a wide array of services to paying clients, and secure funding from large organisations for specific projects. 

In other words, the logic of TEI's funding model is that income generation is not an end in itself. Any profit made is reinvested in the capacity to undertake more research and to render more services, in pursuit of our vision of building an ethically responsible society. We are on a trajectory that requires ongoing innovation to meet the needs of our target organisations and society at large – and our diversified funding model contributes to the sustainability of this trajectory.


We recognise our Sponsors

The Ethics Institute receives generous support from a number of organisations who make an annual contribution to our thought leadership work. 

Tier 1 Grant Sponsors

Minimum R150 000


Tier 2 Sponsors

R50 000

Tier 3 Sponsors

R25 000


Reach out to us - we would love to hear from your organisation.

Celia Circle


We are always looking for funding from large organisations to support our specific thought leadership projects, including Ethics Handbooks, Research Reports and other innovative ethics interventions. Please email Celia Lourens This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about upcoming projects and funding opportunities. 


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 We are eager to grow our number of Sponsor organisations. Please email Grace Garland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about the opportunities and terms of a Sponsorship relationship with The Ethics Institute.