Who We Are

The Better Angels Manifesto: Our Mission, Vision, and Values in Seven Bullet Points

  • We support and celebrate education, moral behavior, and fun.
  • We fight against ignorance, amorality, and greed.
  • We choose collaboration over competition, optimism over cynicism, harmony over unity.
  • We believe that the meek have already inherited the earth.
  • We share stories of courage, compassion, continuous learning, and service.
  • We help others help others.
  • We trust that others will help us help others help others.

Our Better Angels (OBA) is a nonprofit community devoted to philanthropy and leadership education. An initiative of the Wisconsin Leadership Institute (WLI), the Better Angels Community galvanizes what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature” and helps to spread the contagion of courage, compassion, continuous learning, and community service. We fight back against fear, hatred, ignorance, greed, and apathy.

We support schools, libraries, service clubs, youth groups, faith communities, and Good Causes of all sorts, but especially those who foster leadership development among young people. We depend on their credibility, their integrity, and their trusting relationships with individuals to nurture the Better Angels Community. Members of the Community are invited to choose other Good Causes to support in addition to the Better Angels Community itself. Annual basic membership dues are just $20 for all individual members, though larger tax-deductible donations will be cheerfully accepted. We also encourage members to invite their friends, family members, neighbors, and associates to join, which is the primary way we emphasize constructive leadership behavior.

In collaboration with our members, partners, and sponsors, we devote our time, energy, and resources to the following challenges:

**Producing and distributing educational materials about transforming leadership, servant leadership, effective collaboration, the Positive Psychology Movement, and productive communication behavior, especially for young people.

**Crowdfunding for Good Causes chosen by members of the Better Angels Community.