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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

How to Effectively Respond to Humanitarian Crises Across the Globe

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Cascading humanitarian crises across the globe fill the headlines and challenge donors who wish to be responsive on multiple fronts, yet who are unsure what commitments are appropriate or truly…

Using Equity-Centered Research to Inform Foundation Strategy

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TPI was honored to lead a session at Exponent Philanthropy’s annual conference last fall. It was wonderful to be able to gather in person again for networking and learning. Conference…

Shifting Power and Resources to Ukraine: What Donors and NGOs Need to Know

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As the brutal winter freeze continues on Ukraine’s shifting battlegrounds, the impact of war steadily ripples outward: more than 12 million Ukrainians are displaced, with some three million more likely…

Uncovering Opportunities for Greater Equity in Giving: Lessons from State Street Foundation

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“Are we doing enough to advance racial equity and social justice through our grantmaking strategies?”  That question led State Street Foundation on a journey to uncover greater opportunities for impact…

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