Philanthropy Today develops and implements strategies to increase the impact and efficiencies of charitable programs, initiatives, and organizations. We also work with individuals, families, and corporations to develop and manage charitable giving plans. When desired, we use our expertise in high-profile philanthropy to raise the profile of your charitable cause.
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 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 implementation. It's up to you! Strategy is an iterative process, which means we should expect to plan, implement, evaluate...repeat.
Philanthropy Today works with individuals, families, charities, and corporations. Our services include:
Comprehensive strategic planning for the establishment of a new organization including developing budgets and timelines; designing and implementing programs and grantmaking; establishing goals, objectives and milestones; identifying and nurturing partners and stakeholders; prepararing for fundraising; developing and documenting operating procedures and processes; and building PR/and media elements.
Design and management of unique charitable initiatives and strategic grantmaking programs; 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 programs with comprehensive recommendations to increase impact and/or encourage growth.
Assistance identifying, creating, and implementing a strategic charitable plan for an individual, family, or corporation.
Project and foundation management.
Conference planning and speaking.
Evaluation of and preparedness for corporate sponsorship and cause-marketing campaigns with activation assistance if part of a larger strategic engagement.
Special event oversight if part of a larger strategic engagement.
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.
Founder and Principal
"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
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.
Most recently, we were honored to consult to Liberty Hill, 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 last 15 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.
Below are a few of Stephanie's published or upcoming articles.
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.
In the next few weeks, Stephanie will be launching StartUpCharityGuru.com to provide simple, useful advice for start-up charities, defined as within their first three years. The newly released 1023-EZ application from the IRS has made it easier to receive tax-exempt status. Tens of thousands of new charities are expected as a result. Meanwhile, free resources to these novice nonprofits are being cut. StartUpCharityGuru.com will provide guidance in a format that is easy to skim, remember, and reference. Just what a busy start-up needs! Please sign up to be notified of the launch. Thanks!
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