Benefactors, Investors and Board of Directors

Walker Family Provides Support



In 1985, Professor Robert Enright of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison  launched the psychology of forgiveness–the study of how people go about forgiving others in the face of deep injustice. The forgiveness work, however, did not truly “take off” until one day in 1990 when Dr. William Walker, also a psychologist and head of the Mid-West Family Broadcasting Group, teamed up with Dr. Enright to help spread the forgiveness message throughout the world.

Without the involvement of William Walker and subsequently, his son Thomas, as well as the significant financial support of their Mid-West Family Broadcasting Group, the field of forgiveness would not be where it is today. Read more about the Walker family involvement in forgiveness education at The Birth of a New Science.

Partners Invest in IFI

In addition to the life-giving financial support of the Walker Family and the Mid-West Family Broadcasting Group, scores of other foundations, corporations, and individuals have partnered with the International Forgiveness Institute since its founding.


Here is a List of IFI Investors.


Strategic Direction Provided by Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Brain Trust

Direction for the International Forgiveness Institute, which was formed as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation in 1994, is provided by a Board of Directors (the governing body), an Advisory Board (Dr. Enright’s professional peers who weigh-in on scientific matters), and a Brain Trust (business community members who develop and implement marketing and fund raising activities).


Here is a complete list of Board, Advisory Board and Brain Trust members.


Become a “Peace Builder” by signing The Forgiveness Pledge.