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Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges was established to offer a range of high-quality educational opportunities to further strengthen nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona. Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford, the Institute focuses on preparing exemplary nonprofit leaders and providing the support they need to be successful in making a difference in the world. The Institute offers more than 30 seminars, workshops, webinars, and a Fundraising Academy built around four key themes: cause selling, marketing, fundraising strategies and relationship building. All coursework is delivered by experienced nonprofit professionals, and many of these seminars and workshops meet the standards of excellence outlined by Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).




Sanford Mission

To help nonprofits significantly increase their fundraising capabilities and impact they have in their communities and society, through proven contemporary curriculum presented by world-class nonprofit leaders, best in class faculty, and renowned philanthropists.


Upcoming Events


July 18, 2018


Cost: Free

A Fulfilling Career in Philanthropy

(Register Here!)

Jessica Green, Director of Philanthropy, Shenandoah National Park Trust & Founder:

August 15, 2018


Cost: Free

Telling a Good Story: Changing Hearts, Minds and Action

(Register Here!)


September 18, 2018


Cost: Free

How Many Donors Will You Lose? Fundraising Strategies for Adjusting to the New Tax Law

(Register Here)

Keynote: Steve Seleznow, Arizona Community Foundation

Panelists (more to come):

  • Laurie Liles, Arizona Grantmakers
  • Judi Smith, Arizona Community Foundation

Moderator: Patrick McWhortor, Lead for Change

Closing Speaker: Kristen Merrifield, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

October 22-24, 2018

December 4-5, 2018

February 5-6, 2019

March 19-20, 2019

Fundraising Academy

Cost: $750

Basics of Fundraising

Cause Selling/Social Skills

Major Gifts

Planned Giving + Graduation

(Register Here!)


Questions? Please email us at or call 480.377.2727. 


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