The Philanthropic Intiative


About TPI

TPI is dedicated to dynamic philanthropy, a results-driven investment approach to a deeply challenging and rewarding field.

The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) is a nonprofit advisory team that designs, carries out and evaluates philanthropic programs for individual donors, families, foundations, and corporations. Since it was founded in 1989, TPI's goal has been to help clients to invest in their own values, communities and societies for maximum impact.

TPI also encourages a positive climate for philanthropy and actively promotes effective giving through our work with community foundations, Regional Associations of Grantmakers and others.

TPI has researched, designed and implemented philanthropic initiatives targeting a wide range of social issues, including education, health, issues affecting youth and families, hunger and nutrition, housing and homelessness, community and economic development, civic engagement, environmental issues and the arts.

The starting point for our work is the client's goals and interests. We have learned that the impact of philanthropic giving is greatly increased if time and effort is invested in clarifying mission and goals, conducting research to learn about social issues, and formulating strategies to achieve the donor's goals.

Our programmatic work includes research and analysis of social issues to understand root causes, best practices, effective models and promising approaches; design of creative philanthropic strategies that target specific needs and opportunities to make a difference; and implementation and evaluation of these strategies.

Strategy, combined with the values and passionate concerns of donors, brings about giving that makes a difference.  Strategic philanthropy can move donors toward a deeper understanding of the issues they care about and guide them through the demanding process of creating meaningful change.


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