“I can think of no better return on investment than supporting a program that can change the lives of children.”


T. Denny Sanford

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Kids playing during a class.

Sanford Harmony is the fastest growing Pre-K-6 grade social emotional learning (SEL) program in the nation, impacting more than 8 million children through more than 18,000 schools and sites nationwide. Sanford Harmony promotes positive peer relations among students through lessons and activities that encourage communication, collaboration, and mutual respect, helping boys and girls learn how to build healthy relationships beginning at childhood.

T. Denny Sanford, one of the country’s most generous philanthropists, is dedicated to making the Sanford Harmony social emotional learning program available to every PreK-6 child nationwide. Through his collaboration with the private, nonprofit San Diego-based National University System, Sanford Harmony is being expanded nationally at no cost to teachers, schools, districts and nonprofit organizations.

Sanford Harmony has been recognized as a CASEL SELect program by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, one of the nation’s top evaluators of SEL evidence-based programs.

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Sanford Programs

Sanford Programs were established through a generous gift to the National University System by renowned philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. The three education-based initiatives — Sanford Harmony, Sanford Inspire, and Sanford Institute of Philanthropy — are designed to improve student outcomes, develop educators and nonprofit leaders, and drive innovative, inspirational and transformative change worldwide.

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Sanford Inspire

Sanford Inspire seeks to celebrate, empower, and develop inspirational teachers, ready to inspire the next generation of students. Sanford Inspire provides free, on-demand professional development modules and resources to help teachers improve their practice and encourage Pre-K-12 grade students to become enthusiastic, engaged learners. To date, Sanford Inspire has successfully engaged more than one quarter of a million in-service and pre-service teachers.

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Sanford Institute of Philanthropy

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy is committed to advancing global philanthropic giving by educating nonprofits and fundraising professionals on the Cause Selling approach to building and retaining donor relationships. Through on-demand trainings and in-person workshops and programs, emerging and established fundraising professionals gain the skills they need to cultivate and retain donors, conduct successful campaigns, and improve their impact on society.