About the Character Council

What We Do

The Character Council, which serves Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana, promotes and encourages character through:

  • community presentations and workplace training
  • email and social media reminders
  • website resources
  • lessons and activities for children
  • books and other character resources for families and professionals
  • engaging businesses, schools, faith organizations, and communities in processes to enhance climate and culture.

Local businessman and entrepreneur, Michael P. Daly, is the Founder of our Character Council. Football Hall of Famer, Anthony Muñoz, served as the Character Council’s spokesperson in its formative years. Mary Andres Russell served as Executive Director for 13 years. She is now our Board Chair.

The Character Council’s efforts are being embraced by the business, education, faith, and government segments of our community. The result is a community-wide effort to strengthen our own character and that of our families, neighbors, and community.

Our organization is committed to the idea that by promoting good character qualities, we can help create a stronger, safer, and more unified community.

We hope that every citizen will benefit from a discovery or rediscovery of good character qualities, including children and teenagers. Our belief is that if our youth are given fundamental instruction in, and encouragement to practice these basic qualities, they’ll become better equipped to lead fuller lives and contribute more effectively to Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s dynamic community.

These qualities – gratefulness, loyalty, justice, and determination, among them – are key to every person’s well-being and sense of self. Yet often, we fail to learn and develop them when our core values are forming. Also, sometimes as adults, we find the temptation to drop our “character guard” and take the easy way out of a tough situation too great.

Every individual, family, and community shares traits that make it unique from every other individual, family, and community. We recognize and celebrate the strength that diversity brings to our community and how each individual and family contributes to our community’s rich tapestry. By reintroducing these core character qualities to Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana through a focused campaign, every individual and family can adapt each quality to their own lives -regardless of social, economic, or religious situation. These character qualities reach out to and benefit everyone.