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 Vision

Founded in 2014 by entrepreneur and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, 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.

Our History

T. Denny Sanford has always believed in sharing his success with others. Inspired by big-picture movements like the Giving Pledge, founded by fellow businessmen and philanthropists Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, 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, fundraising and education.

Sanford is the founder of the Sanford Education Center at National University, a private nonprofit institution, which includes Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire, as well as the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. Formally launched in September 2014, Sanford Education Programs are designed to create positive societal change through the development of nonprofit leaders and the creation of educators who teach inspirational programs serving worldwide needs.

To date, Sanford has given more than a billion dollars to various causes, 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.

Few things are as gratifying to me as seeing the transformational impacts of effective fundraising. I have witnessed firsthand the art, science and techniques of philanthropy, and I see a huge opportunity to move this country forward. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy teaches ‘boots on the ground’ fundraisers how to work with donors more effectively to raise more money and create more sustainable nonprofit communities.

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
Founder, National University Sanford Education Center

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