Giving 2.0: The MOOC

A philanthropist is anyone who gives anything — time, money, experience, skills, and networks — in any amount, to create a better world. This course will empower you to practice philanthropy more effectively and make your giving more meaningful to both you and those you strive to help.

About The Course

Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively. Taught by social entrepreneur, philanthropist and bestselling author Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Giving 2.0: The MOOC will teach you how to assess nonprofits, create a high-impact philanthropic strategy, volunteer more effectively, use existing, free technology for good and more. Course participants will engage in an actual grantmaking process during which up to $100,000 of Learning By Giving Foundation capital will be allocated to student-selected nonprofits.

Giving 2.0: The MOOC is a six-week course. Each week has a particular theme and 5-10 content-packed and activity-rich, video modules exploring that theme. Video modules will include lectures from Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen as well as interviews, discussions and lectures given by guest speakers. Guest speakers are renowned leaders in multiple industries including philanthropy, technology and business, who will provide unique insights into course topics. Students will have the opportunity to join Talkabouts – small virtual meeting groups created to discuss class-related topics. By the course’s conclusion, students will have created an Individual Giving Action Plan to guide their future giving in a highly effective and meaningful way. Students will also complete a formal nonprofit assessment. Students will consider and vote on eligible nonprofits and collaboratively determine which ones receive Learning By Giving Foundation grants. Students will also be provided with ongoing, post-MOOC philanthropy education content that will support continued development and execution of their philanthropic goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources will I need for this class?

No resources are required besides your computer or smartphone and your time. Some students may consider purchasing a notebook to perform some of the workbook activities and to help them form, continuously improve and take notes on their giving (but all class activities can be completed on your computers for easy, future iterations). 

What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?

You will learn how to take your unique skills and resources to improve our world and realize your philanthropic potential.

What background is expected for learners in this class?

There is no background necessary. Anyone with generosity can be a philanthropist.

Will I earn a Statement of Accomplishment for completing this course?

Yes. There will be a Statement of Accomplishment for students that complete the Nonprofit Assessment and the Individual Giving Action Plan.

Will I really be able to donate (other people's) money to non-profit organizations?

Yes! Students will vote on eligible nonprofits and collaboratively determine which ones receive grants. Because of the generosity of the Learning By Giving Foundation, up to $100,000 can be given away through this MOOC! Created by Doris Buffett (the older sister of Warren Buffett), the Learning by Giving Foundation seeks to advance the next generation’s understanding of philanthropy by providing the financial, technological, and intellectual tools to experience community impact and to make that knowledge widely accessible through an online forum. We are so grateful to have them as sponsors and thought partners! 

Recommended Background

This course reveals how anyone can be a high-impact philanthropist. There is nothing required except your generosity and a passion to improve our world.