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.
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.
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.
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: The link provided may only be used onsite at JFK University.
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AFP Webinar: Robots Make Bad Fundraisers – How Nonprofits Can Maintain Their Heart in the Digital Age
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:
President & Owner
Essex and Drake Fundraising Counsel
Impact 100 East Bay
Dr. Sonia Manjon
Dr. Mara Perez
Founder and Principal
Community Relations Consultant
Cancer Support Community
Thomas Stewart, PhD
John F. Kennedy University
President & CEO
Richmond Community Foundation
Director, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
John F. Kennedy University
Principal and Managing Director
President & CEO
East Bay Community Foundation
Melissa Stafford Jones
Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
Contra Costa & Solano Food Bank
Wells Fargo Bank
Anne Marie Taylor
John Muir Health Foundation
Chief Executive Officer
Y&H Soda Foundation
Change is waiting to happen. You make the call.
Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University, wrote a powerful op-ed piece on the Brentwood Village Resource Center that was recently published in the Contra Costa Times. “In a recent East Bay Times article, Brentwood’s Village Resource Center Gets Reprieve, the community learned about the challenges the organization […]