Sanford Programs

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About Sanford Programs

National University System is leading the expansion, in coordination with universities around the country, of three initiatives inspired by philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford to address critical needs in the education and nonprofit sectors. Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire provide innovative resources for the Pre-K-12 education sector. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy offers educational programs to help nonprofits increase their capabilities and their positive impacts on society.

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Sanford Harmony

Sanford Harmony is a research-based social emotional learning program that promotes positive peer relations among Pre-K-6 students through lessons and activities that encourage communication, collaboration, and mutual respect. The program was inspired by Mr. Sanford, who saw a need to improve adult relationships starting at childhood.

Available at no cost to schools and organizations, Sanford Harmony has been recognized as a quality SELect program by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nation’s premier organization that evaluates such programs. The program has also been evaluated for its ease of implementation by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education.

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Sanford Inspire

Sanford Inspire is based on the idea that every child should have not one, but many inspiring teachers. Sanford Inspire offers Pre-K-12 educators research-based teaching methodologies and on-demand, self-guided online courses and video modules. The approaches are being used in pre-service and in-service teacher education programs and for professional development.

Designed to foster inspired classroom environments and based on Mr. Sanford’s desire to support and celebrate educators, the innovative resources that encourage student engagement in curriculum are available at no cost to teachers, schools, districts, and Colleges of Education.

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Sanford Institute of Philanthropy

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy offers educational and training programs to help nonprofits significantly increase their fundraising capabilities and their positive impacts on society. Based on the vision of Mr. Sanford, the first Sanford Institute of Philanthropy launched at National University in 2014 with the development of proven contemporary curricula presented by recognized nonprofit leaders, faculty, and renowned philanthropists.

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy partners with colleges and universities around the country to launch affiliate Institutes serving regions nationwide. A common cornerstone among each Institute is the Cause Selling approach that blends proven business strategies with relationship-building principles, and is covered in the industry-leading book Cause Selling the Sanford Way: A Guide to Relationship-Driven Fundraising.

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Sanford Programs Fast Facts

  • 7 million Pre-K-6 students impacted by Sanford Harmony
  • Sanford Harmony is taught in 17,000 schools and organizations, 50 states, and 15 countries
  • 1.5 million Pre-K-12 students impacted by Sanford Inspire
  • Sanford Inspire has 62,000 in-service teacher engagements and 191,738 pre-service teacher engagements
  • Sanford Institute of Philanthropy has 230,000 engagements and a reach of 4 million

Sanford Programs Highlights

NUS Presents at ASU GSV

Expanding the Vision for Social Emotional Learning: National University System and Sanford Programs present at Thought Leader Summit ASU GSV.

T. Denny Sanford Donates $100M

Learn how this gift extends support of social emotional learning to address some of the underlying issues that are challenging society and schools.

Sanford Teacher Awards

Do you know a teacher who deserves $50,000? Nominate an inspirational educator for the Sanford Teacher Award.

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