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Stanford University

Giving 2.0: The MOOC

Stanford University via Coursera

Overview

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.

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.

Giving 2.0: The MOOC is a six-module course. Each module has a particular theme and 5-10 content-packed and activity-rich, videos exploring that theme. Videos 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. Course participants will have the opportunity to join Talkabouts – small virtual meeting groups created to discuss class-related topics. By the course’s conclusion, course participants will have created an Individual Giving Action Plan to guide their future giving in a highly effective and meaningful way. Course participants will also complete a formal nonprofit assessment and be provided with ongoing, post-MOOC philanthropy education content that will support continued development and execution of their philanthropic goals.

Syllabus

  • Introduction to Philanthropy
    • Learners will examine how to approach their giving in

      new ways, why they have given historically and how

      they – through strategy and planning – can give in a

      way that matters more.
  • Philanthropic Strategy
    • The goal of this module is to study the tools used to

      craft a philanthropic strategy. Learners will be guided

      through issue area selection, the theory of change

      framework, how to assess a social or environmental

      issue’s landscape and how to pick a high-impact

      intervention strategy.
  • Nonprofit Selection and Assessment
    • This module will empower learners to efficiently assess any nonprofit through a variety of tools, metrics and perspectives. Course participants will learn how to research and engage with nonprofits, as well as conduct a comprehensive nonprofit assessment.
  • Taking Stock
    • Learners will reflect on all of the resources they can access and/or deploy in order to realize their full giving potential.
  • Giving with Greater Meaning
    • This module centers on discovering the many, diverse ways course participants can leverage their unique philanthropic resources to create the impact they want to have. We have numerous guest speakers sharing their expertise in this module – review the lessons that interest you before moving on to module 6.
  • Philanthropy – the Never-Ending Gift
    • Learners will take stock of their progress over the

      course and learn how to stay connected with the

      course content and their fellow course participants

      moving forward.

Taught by

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

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