Philanthropy Today Consulting specializes in providing strategic planning and COO level infrastructure support to small and mid-sized charities. We help organizations quickly increase their impact and effectiveness by providing practical advice that an organization can realistically begin to implement within a short time-frame. To support those organizations that are struggling with internal capacity, we also offer assistance with the implementation of our recommendations.
We offer a goal-oriented, common sense approach to consulting. We help you identify the results you want to achieve with your charitable initiative, program, or organization. We then develop a strategy to lead you to this vision.
Ours is a holistic approach, deeply rooted in comprehensive analysis and cutting-edge research, while remaining committed to achievable, audacious results.
Once we have mapped out a strategy, we implement the plan or guide you through the steps for execution. Strategy is an iterative process, which means we should expect to plan, implement, evaluate...repeat.
Philanthropy Today Consulting works with charities, and corporations, as well as families and individuals, who are need in philanthropic guidance. Our expertise includes:
Organizational-wide strategic planning with a particular interest in small to mid-sized charities.
Design and management of unique charitable initiatives and strategic grant making programs including landscape mapping; developing budgets and timelines; establishing goals, objectives, and milestones; identifying and nurturing partners and stakeholders; building a coalition of supporters among individuals, charities, foundations, board members, members of the media, academia, and corporations. Expertise includes building robust programs under a donor advised fund or fiscally sponsored project model.
Evaluation and review of existing charitable programs with comprehensive recommendations to increase impact and/or encourage growth.
Infrastructure support at the COO level.
Large-scale project management.
Conference planning and speaking.
We anticipate one or more introductory discussions with each new client to help identify your consulting needs. No two consulting engagements are exactly the same.
Our fee is usually project based, although the COO level infrastructure support can be designed at an hourly rate.
Founder and Senior Philanthropic Consultant
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
Favorite quote by Winston Churchill
Stephanie is a Senior Philanthropic Consultant with nearly 16 years of nonprofit management experience.
Prior to establishing Philanthropy Today Consulting, Stephanie was the Senior Vice President of The Giving Back Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic consulting and management services under a model similar to a community foundation, with a special emphasis on the sports and entertainment industries. Stephanie oversaw operations for the organization including mission and program development, business strategy, grantmaking, governance, financial oversight, budgeting, risk management, and public relations. The Giving Back Fund distributed more than $30 million in grants and programming expenses since 1997.
Stephanie also led the philanthropic consulting and management practices, as well as supervised event planners for an estimated 65 events during her 15 years at the organization. Among those events was an annual summit for nonprofit professionals that Stephanie designed and managed. Each year 95% - 100% of survey respondents stated that they would attend another summit and recommend the summit to a colleague. In 2010, ESPN voted an event Stephanie managed as the #1 Super Bowl party held in the Super Bowl city.
Stephanie negotiated and managed the activation of dozens of successful cause-marketing and corporate sponsorships with leading corporate brands while simultaneously advising many of the most influential individuals in sports and entertainment on their philanthropic strategies. Clients included the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, the Jalen Rose Foundation, the Yao Ming Foundation, Retail ROI, NEXUS Global Youth Summit, and dozens more.
Stephanie started at The Giving Back Fund as a volunteer while working full-time as a technical writer in the financial services industry.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing, Publishing, and Literature from Emerson College.
Current or recent clients include:
The Unstoppable Foundation brings sustainable education to children and communities in developing countries, creating a safer and more just world for everyone. The Unstoppable Foundation’s proven model not only builds schools, but provides the entire community with access to clean water and sanitation, food and nutrition, healthcare, and alternative income training for parents.
Liberty Hill is one of the leading social justice organizations in the country. Liberty Hill advances movements for social change through a strategic combination of grants leadership training and alliance building.
Over the years, Stephanie has been interviewed and consulted by dozens of local and national media outlets to assist with background and serve as a philanthropy expert, including the the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chronicle of Philanthropy, C-Suite Quarterly, ESPN Radio, Forbes Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and many others.
In addition, Stephanie has written articles for prominent media and writes a monthly blog. Below are a few samples.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Athletes, They Are Just like Us, Date TBA
Sports Business Journal
Fiscal Sponsorship, An Alternative to Donor Advised Funds, Date TBA
An older radio interview with LaFern Cusak on ESPN in which Stephanie Sandler discussed the philanthropy conference she planned. Initially the conference was focused on fundraising but later was expanded to best practices across different topics in philanthropy.
Charity Guru Blog
Practical Advice for Non Profit Organizations (and the People Who Love Them)
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