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These four fundamental human values are the key to unlocking great unity and humanity.

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A Fervent Desire to Elevate Unity

Since her husband’s, Roger Ebert’s, death on April 4, 2013, it has been Chaz Ebert’s fervent desire for things such as forgiveness, empathy, compassion, and kindness—the FECK Principles—to spread in such a viral way that they become a natural part of our lives. A next step to the work Chaz and Roger began together, It’s Time to Give a FECK is a call for the elevation of unity among humanity and a movement to transform empathy into action by choosing to become a part of the conversation surrounding the philosophical principles that matter for the betterment of our local and global societies.

Forgiveness, Empathy, Compassion, and Kindness—these four fundamental human values are the key to unlocking great unity and humanity. In It’s Time to Give a FECK, Chaz Ebert takes the reader through a heartfelt journey of how the four FECK Principles have prevailed through the most adverse circumstances and united strangers in the name of love. Read on to discover the stories and science as to how the elevation of our personal humanity is key to keeping humanity as a whole united.



None of us has to go it alone.

Good can come from even the most frightening of circumstances, and positive strides in human behavior can be made from even the most horrifying experiences. If you care about changing the way things are and bringing more love— for yourself, for others, and for life itself —into your life, this book is your key. Welcome to an awakening journey into a rediscovery of how we truly are all in this together.

Uncover how Forgiveness, Empathy, Compassion, and Kindness—the FECK Principles— have prevailed through the most adverse circumstances, uniting strangers in the name of love, as you read the stories and strategies that will move you into action.

• Where do we go from here?

• What can we do to prove to one another that we really are in this together?

• What contributions can we each make in the name of forgiveness, empathy, compassion, and kindness?

Your answers lie inside these pages and within your heart. It’s time to choose to become a part of the conversation surrounding the philosophical principles that matter for the betterment of our local and global societies.




“This book doesn’t just advocate for decency – it exudes it. If we all followed Chaz Ebert’s lead, the world would be a more caring place.”

Adam Grant
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Hidden Potential and Think Again

“In It’s Time to Give a FECK, Chaz Ebert describes how to capture our best instincts as people and turn them into a healthy way of living. I hope that everyone has a chance to read it, and most importantly to live its principles.”

Chris Kelly
Co-owner, Sacramento Kings; Former Chief Privacy Officer, First General Counsel, and Head of Global Public Policy, Facebook

“Humanity doesn’t need complexity to solve our problems; we simply need to return to the undeniable power of forgiveness, empathy, compassion, and kindness. Inside, Chaz Ebert shows us just how.”

Emma Seppälä
PhD, Yale Lecturer & Author of The Happiness Track and Sovereign

“Bravo, Chaz Ebert, for rising to the occasion to share such an incredibly hopeful and realistic perspective on goodness in our world!”

Lawrence Bender
Producer, Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and more—films with 37 Academy Award nominations and 9 wins

“We all hold the ability to transform empathy into action for greater, more positive personal and global impact. With her words of wisdom, Chaz Ebert has beautifully showcased just how each of us can put this potential into action and, through our service to others, always keep hope alive.”

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson
Sr., Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Saturday, June 29

Chicago Media Coalition and Sisters in Cinema Presents Lights, Camera, Collaboration! The Art of Filmmaker and Funder Partnerships

“Lights, Camera, Collaboration!” features real discussions that dive deep into the innovative relationships between filmmakers, funders, and organizations who help bring those visions to life. Chaz Ebert will be participating in a discussion entitled “Individual Investors Partnering with Filmmakers,” and she will also discuss the Ebert Scholars/Fellowship Program. After the event Chaz will be hosting a book signing for her new book It’s Time to Give a FECK.

Time: 12:15 pm – 2:30 pm

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N'Digo Magazine
N’Digo Magazine
Rebecca Ford talks to Chaz Ebert about her life experiences that compelled her to share her belief in the power of the FECK Principles, as highlighted in her new book.

July 11, 2024

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Chaz Ebert talked with Larry Mantle on NPR’s AirTalk to discuss her new book ‘It’s Time to Give a FECK: Elevating Humanity through Forgiveness, Empathy, Compassion, and Kindness’.

July 10, 2024

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