The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University Announces Launch of Newest Affiliate Institute Serving Arizona

June 8, 2017

Based on the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges joins a national network of Institutes being launched through the leadership of National University to improve the fundraising capabilities of nonprofits

San Diego, CA – The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University is pleased to announce the launch of an affiliated Institute at Maricopa County Community Colleges that will help nonprofits increase their fundraising capabilities and positive impact in Arizona. The addition marks the ongoing expansion of a nationwide network of Institutes that are led by the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University to offer curricula for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers based on the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford. The approaches are presented by recognized nonprofit leaders, members of academia and renowned philanthropists.

As part of the network, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges has access to educational resources and content developed through the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University. The founding Institute, which was launched in 2014, is based out of the private, nonprofit National University, which is the anchor institution of the National University System. A foundational element of each Institute is the Cause Selling approach, which blends the passion of philanthropy with an emphasis on proven business and sales principles to support the work of frontline nonprofit fundraisers. Other affiliated Institutes have opened at John F. Kennedy University and City University of Seattle, which are both part of the National University System; Augustana University; Bellevue University; and Long Island University.

The affiliated Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges will be overseen by Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR), which is part of the district and operated by Rio Salado College. “The positive impact of nonprofits in our communities is far reaching and they rely heavily on outside funding in order to achieve their goals,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “We are excited to be affiliated with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy to provide a valuable educational resource for nonprofits in Arizona and the surrounding region.”

Mr. Sanford, considered to be one of the country’s most generous donors, believes in making the world a better place by helping nonprofits and cause organizations maximize their fundraising potential. The core approaches of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy network are based on Mr. Sanford’s own interactions with hundreds of nonprofits and foundations, and his desire to offer fundraisers access to proven approaches that more effectively convey their causes. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University has overseen the development of a one-of-its kind textbook, “Cause Selling: The Sanford Way,” which is based on the vision of Mr. Sanford and outlines in detail how the cause selling approach can strengthen fundraising effectiveness through business and sales principles that incorporate communication skills, basic psychology, research, strategy and data analysis.

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University has also developed more than 30 educational content modules that focus on cause selling and related topics of donor relations, planned giving and social media/marketing for nonprofits. The modules are available online for affiliated Institutes to develop workshops and seminars in coordination with nonprofit leaders, members of academia and renowned philanthropists who bring their own professional and regional perspective to the content.

More than 12,000 nonprofit leaders have benefitted from the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University programs, which include seminars, lectures and webinars. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University also meets standards of excellence as outlined by Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International and has been approved by the nonprofit certification organization as a Continuing Education Provider.

About Maricopa Corporate College
As part of the Maricopa Community Colleges, Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) delivers high-impact training and development solutions for the business community, government and nonprofits. Partner with MCOR for training workshops, corporate/industry boot camps and organization-wide employee development, or to streamline tuition reimbursement programs and access to clock-hour and credit-bearing employee learning options provided by the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges. As the home of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges, MCOR provides more than 30 seminars, workshops and webinars annually for the nonprofit community. Learn more at: maricopacorporate.com.

About the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University
The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University is leading a national initiative dedicated to strengthening the impact of nonprofits through fundraising-focused educational programs that are presented by recognized nonprofit leaders, members of academia and renowned philanthropists. Based on the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur, T. Denny Sanford, the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University was launched in 2014 to develop curriculum that is now being shared with affiliated Institutes around the country. To learn more about the movement, which is supported by the National University System and led by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University: https://www.sanfordinstituteofphilanthropy.org/