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Giving With Purpose is offered by the Learning by Giving Foundation with support from Northeastern University.
The goal of this non-credit course is to prepare students to become more purposeful givers and engage more effectively with nonprofit organizations in their communities. Students will learn how to identify high-performing nonprofit organizations and fulfill their personal goals for giving. Six compact classes are comprised of lectures, interactive exercises, group discussions, and interviews with prominent philanthropists Warren Buffett, Doris Buffet, Cal Ripken, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben and Jerry), Tom Werner, and Patrick Dempsey. Students will also be invited to nominate nonprofit organizations in their communities to receive real-dollar grants. A minimum of $100,000 will be distributed to the organizations ranked highest by students using a peer-review selection process based on course concepts.
To receive a certificate of completion, students must complete 1-2 brief exercises per class, participate in discussion sessions, and complete weekly assessments of their peers’ grant nominations. All students are welcome, but not required, to submit grant nominations.
EdX is proud to support to the The Learning by Giving Foundation and to offer the Giving With Purpose course on edx.org. As a not-for-profit, edX is proud to support organizations looking to affect global change.
Note to students: The grant making associated with Giving With Purpose is currently limited to nonprofit organizations in the United States. Throughout the course, the instructor will be referring to charitable giving in the context of the United States’ economy, history, and civil society. However, you will be able to apply many of the principles the course will cover about investing in high performing nonprofit organizations anywhere in the world. Through the course Discussion, you are welcome to share your observations about how charitable giving in your country is different from in the United States.
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Alexandra F. completed this course.
Giving With Purpose was an amazing way to connect with my local nonprofit community and understand my own giving needs. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in creating social change - philanthropy is a unique lens by which to learn...
Giving With Purpose was an amazing way to connect with my local nonprofit community and understand my own giving needs. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in creating social change - philanthropy is a unique lens by which to learn more about strategic change and it can relate so closely to your own passions.
Course instructor Rebecca Riccio was extremely thorough in her content and in presenting the "RISE framework" for Giving With Purpose (take the MOOC to learn more about this RISE framework and how you can use it to identify high-performing nonprofits!). Her own lessons were supported by interviews with well-known guest philanthropists, adding an exciting and entertaining element to my learning experience. Guest speakers like Warren Buffett, Ben & Jerry , and Cal Ripken, Jr. all made my learning experience that much more worthwhile.
Not to mention, students have the opportunity to nominate nonprofits to potentially win grants from the Learning by Giving Foundation! This alone is a great incentive for anyone taking the class... the grant making component is such a huge opportunity for those wishing to delve more into their own philanthropic journeys. Additionally, the community of online students taking the course was engaged and dynamic.
Overall, this course provides information and concepts useful to anyone. If you believe that anyone can be a giver, Giving With Purpose will help you do it better!