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Inform. Inspire. Involve.

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University has been established to offer a range of high-quality educational opportunities to further strengthen nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford, the Institute focuses on preparing exemplary leaders of these organizations, and providing the support needed to be successful in making a difference in the world. Throughout the year, the Institute will offer seminars and webinars, with a strong emphasis on developing fundraising, sustainable strategies and cause selling models.

Meeting the needs of tomorrow

  • Create more impact by improving nonprofits’ fundraising capabilities
  • Prepare current and future generations to innovate and transform philanthropy
  • Provide formal education and training to the leaders of nonprofit organizations

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About Our Founder - Denny Sanford

Mr. Sanford has always believed in sharing his success with others. Inspired by big-picture movements like the Giving Pledge, founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, 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 through philanthropy and education. As entrepreneur and philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford, surveyed the nonprofit environment, he noticed a deficit in programs that teach necessary fundraising and leadership skills. Out of this awareness, he launched the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at the National University School of Business and Management in 2014.

Our Programs


Leading Edge Fundraising Techniques

Seminars, Webinars, Brown Bag Sessions, Annual Philanthropy Summit, and the Fundraising Academy are part of a comprehensive training package unique to the Bay Area region.


Fundraising Skills for Today’s 21st Century Nonprofit Leaders

The Fundraising Academy offers a comprehensive curriculum of fundraising training courses designed to enhance fundraising capabilities for nonprofit leaders interested in or currently working in fundraising and/or development roles.

These goals are accomplished through over 30 nonprofit training courses, which introduce participants to the advantages of using technology, marketing and social media strategies, innovative and practical business applications, and more.

Now accepting applications for the 2020 Fundraising Academy! Apply here! 


A Blueprint for More Effective Fundraising

The only textbook of its kind, Cause Selling – The Sanford Way, written by Dr. David J. Lill and Jennifer Lill, and based on the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is now available. The book is the foundation for a series of seminars offered by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy.

Order your copy today!


Funding Information Network Resources

Foundation Directory Online gives you access to hard to find funders, plus the most effective tools to organize and manage your foundation’s fundraising process. Foundation Directory Online Professional provides subscribers with access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants.

Note: Free access to the FDO from your home is currently available to our entire SIP community.

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Upcoming Events

Advisory Council

Shaping Philanthropy’s Future in the Region

The Advisory Council of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University is comprised of esteemed leaders that have a deep commitment to philanthropy and the success of nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area region. As leaders representing foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and academia, these leaders are keenly aware of the changes and trends impacting the philanthropic sector. The insights and strategic perspective they provide position the Institute to be a formidable player in shaping and transforming philanthropy.  

The members of the Advisory Council for the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University are:

Chelsey Souza
President & Owner
Essex and Drake Fundraising Counsel

Melody Silberstein
Founding Member
Impact 100 East Bay

Dr. Sonia Manjon
Executive Director
LeaderSpring Center

Dr. Mara Perez
Founder and Principal
Latino Futures

Michele Dilworth
Candid West

Dustin Cooper
Community Relations Consultant
Wells Fargo

Jim Bouquin
Executive Director
Cancer Support Community

Vic Baker
Senior Manager
Board Member

Thomas Stewart, PhD
John F. Kennedy University
Council Member

Jim Becker
President & CEO
Richmond Community Foundation
Board Member

Solomon Belette
Director, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
John F. Kennedy University
Board Member

Patty Deutsche
Tesoro Corporation
Board Member

Mark Friedman
Board Member

Rick Happy
Principal and Managing Director
CCS Fundraising
Board Member

James Head
President & CEO
East Bay Community Foundation
Board Member

Melissa Stafford Jones
Executive Director
Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
Board Member

Lindsay Simonds
Vice President
CCS Fundraising
Board Member

Larry Sly
Executive Director
Contra Costa & Solano Food Bank
Board Member

Raminder Somal
Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank
Board Member

Anne Marie Taylor
Philanthropy Consultant
John Muir Health Foundation
Board Member

Bob Uyeki
Chief Executive Officer
Y&H Soda Foundation
Board Member

Paul Valva
Valva Realty
Board Member

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