We Help You Act Boldly and Give Wisely

The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) was founded on the belief that philanthropy has the power to transform. We provide consulting and program management services to help individuals, families, foundations, and companies increase the impact of their philanthropy, while also working to promote effective philanthropy through thought leadership, cutting edge research, philanthropic education programs, and field-building initiatives with key allies. Since 1989, we have worked directly with hundreds of clients, serving as consultants and thought partners to ambitious donors, foundations, and companies who embrace innovative thinking in their efforts to find levers of change locally, nationally, and globally.

Who We Are

Since our founding in 1989, we’ve directed well over one billion dollars and influenced billions more on behalf of our clients. We have gained a reputation as original thinkers with deep knowledge of the philanthropic landscape nationally and globally. We continue to fuel the growth of high-impact philanthropy around the world through TPI’s Center for Global Philanthropy. Our approach is to create giving strategies based on the visions, values, and goals of our clients. You know what matters to you; we know how to achieve long-term, positive impact. Working together, we’ll be an unparalleled force for good.

Meet our team.

Who We Serve

We work with new and experienced funders around the world. Our clients include major companies, leading foundations, and influential families and individuals who are eager to make their mark. In addition to our client work, TPI offers a range of services to professional advisors, including training on how to discuss philanthropy with their clients.

What We Do

We advise clients, helping them make a difference in ways that matter most to them. Offering a comprehensive spectrum of capabilities – from strategy and governance to program design, implementation, and evaluation – we help our clients develop high-impact philanthropic solutions in whatever communities or regions of the world where they want to make a difference. Through original research, publications, toolkits and guides, donor education workshops, and speaking engagements, we seek to contribute to strengthening the field of philanthropy in the U.S. and abroad.