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Who We Are

As strategic philanthropy advisors, we help funders increase their impact. We are passionate about philanthropy’s potential to accelerate change and address social and environmental issues in just and lasting ways. Philanthropy plays an important role in creating the world we want, and The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) works hard to support funders on their unique journeys to transform lives, communities, and so much more.

Who We Serve

We work with new and experienced funders who are eager to think big and make a difference. Our clients include companies, foundations, families, individuals, and funder collaboratives with ambitious philanthropic goals. Through consulting that is grounded in best practice and creative thinking, TPI helps funders of all types be innovative, proactive, and strategic in their efforts to support sustained social impact.

What We Do

We cultivate high-impact philanthropy around the world through consulting, research, program design and management, funder education, thought leadership, and field building. Our work with clients begins with their values, interests, and passions – wherever they are on their philanthropic journey to realize their vision. As thought partners and advisors, we work to create, implement, and evaluate customized philanthropic strategies to address the world’s greatest challenges.

Ideas & Insights

Addressing the Climate Crisis with an Equity-centered Approach: Takeaways from the 2022 EGA Fall Retreat

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My colleagues and I at The Philanthropic Initiative are working with more and more clients who are interested in funding climate change action. I work with funders who are giving…
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Next Generation Philanthropy: Where To Start

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TPI’s consulting work with families often includes providing support with things like generational shifts, leadership transitions, and engaging multiple generations in the family’s philanthropy. The latter can be equally fulfilling and tricky,…
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Helping Families Move Up the Philanthropic Curve

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Wealthy families face a constant stream of challenges. From those new to the tactical and often very personal complexities of managing family holdings, to established family structures navigating generational or…
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Why should philanthropy invest in family caregiving?

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“There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need…

Philanthropic Resources for the Ukraine Crisis

The war in Ukraine, as with other conflicts around the globe, has triggered a cascade of crises around which philanthropy can play a critical role. TPI put together this resource page to help funders find information, organizations, and other resources we recommend.

Resource Hub