Grow Philanthropy

Change Your Community – and the World!

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy seeks colleges and universities to partner with us in our mission to educate fundraisers, improve their ability to secure more gifts, and become better stewards of their donor relationships. As one of the premier centers for nonprofit fundraising and capacity-building excellence, we empower our affiliates to have an immediate impact in their communities by delivering a well-researched, world-class program that includes a fully developed interactive curriculum, CFRE credit-ready courses, train-the-trainer programs, and marketing support materials.


Game-Changing Speakers

to share your expertise with passionate nonprofit professionals who want to improve their fundraising skills.

As an instructor for the Institute, I get to help nonprofit professionals become great fundraisers by teaching the tools and techniques to significantly improve the number and quality of mutually beneficial relationships with their donors. At the end of every class, I ask, “What will you do differently tomorrow to make a bigger impact for your cause?”

Mark Stuart
President, San Diego Zoo Foundation

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy would like to thank the following organizations for collaborating with us in our effort to revolutionize fundraising education.


Humanitarian Award Recipients

Each year, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy recognizes a nonprofit leader who inspires us to put community first through their outstanding leadership, generosity of spirit, and demonstrated commitment to giving back to the community through philanthropy.

Malin Burnham

Burnham is a recipient of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy Humanitarian Award. His extensive community involvement includes bringing the America’s Cup races, the USS Midway Museum, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center to San Diego County. He has also served on the boards of numerous major corporations and firms, chaired a variety of nonprofits and co-founded more than a dozen organizations.

Previous Recipients of this Award Include:

T. Denny Sanford

The founder of the Sanford Education Center at National University, Sanford has supported many causes ranging from helping sick, disadvantaged…

Conrad Prebys

A noted philanthropist and entrepreneur, Prebys’ many contributions to the San Diego community have included capital and operating gifts to the Boys…

Meet Our Visionary Leaders

The Institute also recognizes individuals who give generously of their time, energy and leadership in support of our mission to educate fundraisers and empower nonprofit organizations to build capacity and create more sustainable nonprofit communities.

Ed Gillenwaters, Senior Director, Principal Gifts, California State University San Marcos

Terry Green, Vice President of Development, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Jo Dee Jacob, Retired Executive Director, Girl Scouts of San Diego

Tom Karlo, General Manager, KPBS

Bob Kelly, Retired President, San Diego Foundation

Bill Littlejohn, CEO and Senior Vice President, Sharp HealthCare Foundation

Jack Toan, Vice President, Wells Fargo

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