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Be an Agent of Change.

Change the status quo.

Learn how to develop and nurture donor relationships to advance your cause in today’s giving landscape with Cause Selling the Sanford Way: A Guide to Relationship-Driven Fundraising.

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We are the Cause Champions

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy prepares nonprofits and their fundraisers for greater, measurable impact by providing learning opportunities designed to enhance their cause, their communities, and the world. Through peer-to-peer instruction, our participants develop time-tested, relationship building skills they can apply to their operations now and in the future. Participants complete their education feeling empowered to cultivate and retain donors, conduct successful campaigns, and be more effective in their roles.

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Connect with peers.

You get ample opportunity to practice what you learn before taking those lessons into the real world. The courses have given me the tools to meet my fundraising goals without fundamentally changing who I am.

- Alaina P., Fundraising Academy Graduate

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Training Modules

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The Sanford Fundraising Academy™ is a fundraising certificate program that gives emerging fundraisers the tools they can apply immediately in their job to better steward donors, attract new donors, and increase revenue.

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Featured Speaker.

This session will share the latest thinking on well-being in the nonprofit workplace based on Beth’s book 'The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.'

– Beth Kanter Master Trainer, Author, and Speaker

Upcoming training.

Schedule of upcoming training and workshops with world-class instructors and real-world coursework.

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November 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Fundraising for Academic Leaders Webinar Series - Session One

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December 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

When IT Hits the Fan: Everyone’s Role in Crisis Communications

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You've got the heart to make a difference - now learn how to make the impact you want!

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Denny Sanford, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Denny's vision.

My goal with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy is to impact the financial reach of nonprofits so that they maximize their positive effects on their communities. We are doing this by disseminating the advanced education and training of fundraising leaders that combine proven sales and business principles with the passion and dedication of nonprofits and cause organizations.

Great ideas and causes need great fundraisers. Together, we will enable the two million nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad to make the world a better place.

- T. Denny Sanford, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

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