Engaging Philanthropy

We work with a broad range of individual donors and philanthropic entities, to provide action-oriented research, build relationships between nonprofits and funders, and inform funding and policies to make a positive impact in our communities. The Nonprofit Institute’s Philanthropy Program was launched in 2020, thanks to a generous endowment gift from the Legler Benbough Foundation (LBF).

Gompers school representative with students celebrating their new purchased vehicles thanks to Legler Benbough Foundation Legler Benbough Endowed Program Our initial project is to partner with LBF in sharing insights and lessons learned in grantee relationship philanthropy. More broadly, the Philanthropy Program is dedicated to building stronger relationships between the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, as well as to promoting a community of generosity and changemakers for a better tomorrow.
Balboa Park during the day Grantee Relationship Philanthropy

We share stories and insights from funders and grantees on building inclusive, respectful and personal relationships for greater impact.

Check out this additional blog and video on learning from two decades of grantee relationships. 

Creating Conscious Conversations of Consequence, Inspired by an Artist's Brush by Ruth Westreich book cover Intergenerational Conversations for the Future We bring together students and faculty with people from philanthropy and nonprofits, as well as government, business and the community to facilitate intergenerational conversations about addressing humanity’s greatest challenges for a brighter future.
TOGETHER: State of Nonprofits & Philanthropy Report from 2020 Tracking the State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy The annual State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Report tracks sector trends in the region. Ongoing support for the State of Nonprofits & Philanthropy Report is made possible by the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research.
Screenshot of five foundation executives in the region speaking on changes in philanthropy at The Nonprofit Institute's Nonprofit Governance Symposium Conversations and Reflections on Philanthropy

See our most recent blogs and conversations about the past, present and future of philanthropy.