The Sanford Education Center at National University celebrated its first anniversary Wednesday by publishing its first textbook and recognizing a humanitarian and educator of the year.
“This is s $40 million program that we’re doing now, and it all started with Denny,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, president of the university and chancellor of the National University System of private colleges.
Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, who donated the seed money for the center, said that after just one year the center’s programs “are changing the world.” He said one of his goals in establishing the center was “to help train people who ask philanthropists for money to do a better job of it.”
The new textbook, “Cause Selling The Sanford Way,” is aimed at helping nonprofit organizations maximize their fundraising potential. The book will be available on Amazon.com next week.
“This is the only textbook for fundraising in the country,” said Cunningham. “This book is about creating great fundraisers.”
Receiving the first of what will be annual awards were philanthropist Conrad Prebys as “Humanitarian of the Year,” and David Lorden, superintendent of Lakeside Union School District, as “Educator of the Year.”
The Sanford Education Center in Torrey Pines operates two programs for training teachers — Harmony for children in the sixth grade and under, and Inspire for older students — plus the Institute of Philanthropy for training nonprofit leaders.
Cunningham said the Harmony program is already in 2,500 schools with 50,000 students, while the philanthropy program is aimed at making the $1.4 trillion nonprofit sector more efficient.
National University is working with nine other universities across the country to promote the Sanford educational programs at schools nationwide..
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