Mission, Vision, History & Impact

The Premier Program for Advancing Fundraising Effectiveness

Our Mission

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy helps nonprofits to significantly increase their fundraising capabilities and the impact they have in their communities and society through a proven contemporary curriculum presented by world-class nonprofit leaders, best in class faculty, and renowned philanthropists.

Our Team

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy team members are fundraising experts who work to further our mission on a daily basis.

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Our Vision

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy offers educational and training programs that help nonprofits become more sustainable through better fundraising and capacity building. National in scope and regional in focus, the Institute seeks to strengthen the fundraising process with an innovative curriculum that blends business and sales strategies in a unique and powerful way.

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Great ideas and causes need great fundraisers to build meaningful relationships between donors and cause organizations. My desire, and my belief, is that more effective fundraisers will develop and nurture more effective philanthropists, so that together we will enable nonprofits around the globe to make the world a better place. Our goal is to double the amount of philanthropy from people in the U.S.

T. Denny Sanford, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

Our History

T. Denny Sanford has always believed in sharing his success with others. As an active member of the Giving Pledge, founded by fellow businessmen and philanthropists Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, Mr. Sanford has pledged to give the majority of his fortune away to charity and to work tirelessly to make the world a better place, especially in the avenues of philanthropy, education, health, and children’s causes.

Through the generous support of Mr. Sanford, the Sanford Programs were established at the nonprofit National University System in 2014 to provide innovative programs in the Pre-K-12 and nonprofit sectors. National University System is leading the national expansion of the three initiatives: Sanford Inspire, which provides Pre-K-12 research-based resources and on-demand online modules that support inspiring teaching; Sanford Harmony, a Pre-K-6 research-based social emotional learning program; and Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, which helps support the preparation of nonprofit frontline fundraiser leaders to contribute to positive societal change.

To date, Mr. Sanford has committed approximately $2 billion to causes aimed at transforming the lives of others, demonstrating his commitment to his personal motto: “Aspire to inspire before you expire.”

Our Impact

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy is changing the world by offering nonprofit leaders an opportunity to educate fundraisers and make their organizations more sustainable through better fundraising and enhanced capacity building.

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