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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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What the Music of Taylor Swift Can Teach Us About Great Philanthropy

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Great music is more than the sum of its parts. A certain combination of notes, chords, and lyrics may create an exquisite gem of a song — or a barnburner…
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Building Community for College Success

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For more than 30 years, TPI has been designing and managing college access and success and scholarship programs for funders who want to have an impact on the lives of…
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When Philanthropy Partners, Communities Prosper

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“When philanthropy partners, communities prosper.” This was the guiding mantra that tied together this year’s Exponent Philanthropy conference in Baltimore, MD that we attended earlier this fall. From the start,…
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Why Funders Should Support Ukraine, Now and into the Future

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As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, attendees of the third Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium, co-hosted by The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) and the Network of Engaged International Donors…

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