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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

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Foundation Transitions Happen: Are You Prepared?

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This article was originally published by Exponent Philanthropy on June 7, 2022. A leadership succession plan is an essential source of guidance, and a commitment to organizational stability, when foundation…
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What role does passion play in philanthropy?

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What role does passion play in philanthropy? In many cases, we may think that passion boils down to the emotion behind giving. But passion can’t be quantified that way. It’s…
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Many small funders don’t engage in advocacy. That’s a mistake.

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This article was originally published by Exponent Philanthropy on January 26, 2021, authored by Andy Carroll and Jason Sabo. --- Amid a devastating pandemic, civic turmoil, and the worst economic…
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Philanthropy’s Critical Role in the Crisis in Ukraine

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine. Since the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022, more than 2 million people, mostly children, women, and the elderly, have…

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