Sanford Institute

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at XULA

Now in Baton Rouge too!

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Xavier University of Louisiana was established to offer a range of high-quality educational opportunities to further strengthen nonprofit organizations throughout the Southeast, but especially in the New Orleans region. Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford, the Institute focuses on preparing exemplary nonprofit leaders and providing the support they need to be successful in making a difference in the world. The Institute offers more than 30 seminars, workshops and webinars built around four key themes: cause selling, marketing, fundraising strategies and relationship building. All coursework which is delivered online and face-to-face, is taught by experienced nonprofit professionals, and many of these seminars and workshops meet the standards of excellence outlined by Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). 

Sanford Mission

To help nonprofits significantly increase their fundraising capabilities and impact they have in their communities and society, through proven contemporary curriculum presented by world-class nonprofit leaders, best in class faculty, and renowned philanthropists.



Jan 16 

The Millennial MGO: How to be Successful When Everyone Sees You as Their Kid with Nick Kulik

Feb 20 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Series: Engaging Black Philanthropists with Valaida Fullwood

Mar 20 

Cause Selling: The 8-Step Cycle That Fundraisers Need to Know with Hannah Berger & Jennifer Lill Brown

Apr 23 

The Missing Link in Your 2019 Digital Fundraising Strategy with Francisco Martinez

May 15 

Set Yourself Up for Success with Peer-to-Peer Fundraising with Classy

Jun 19 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series: Prospecting for Diverse Major Donors with Armando Zumaya

Jul 17 

Approaching the Prospective Donor with Tony Beall

Aug 21 

Kickstart Your End-of-Year Campaign Through Stronger Donor Relationships with Kathryn Adams Farrell

Sep 18 

Thought Leaders Series: The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit with Beth Kanter

Oct 16 

Stewarding & Recognizing the Major Gift Donor with Kristin Romaine

Nov 20 


Dec 18 

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

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The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy Affiliates are a consortium of universities, colleges, and nonprofit organizations that prepare future-focused nonprofits and their fundraisers for greater impact by providing learning opportunities specifically designed to enhance their nonprofits’ cause, their communities, and the world. The Institute is committed to delivering measurable results through a proven, contemporary curriculum presented by world-class nonprofit leaders, best-in-class faculty, and renowned philanthropists. Our participants develop and strengthen applicable and time-tested skills they can apply to their development operations now and in the future.


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