Giving 2.0 – A New Open Source Philanthropy Educational Initiative

Philanthropy Scholars and Practitioners – check out this great new educational resource: Giving 2.0 ProjectU is a free, open-source educational initiative to advance the academic, individual and institutional fields of philanthropy—created by Stanford Graduate School of Business Lecturer, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.


What are my primary goals in launching Giving 2.0 ProjectU?

In launching Giving 2.0 ProjectU, I have three simple goals:

  1. To provide any college or university educator with everything they need to teach a strategic philanthropy course.
  2. To pave the way for philanthropy to become a required course for college students and to make it as easy as possible for colleges and universities to integrate it into their curricula.
  3. To provide any giver—donating any amount of time, money, experience, skills or networks—with free access to research, learning and experience I’ve developed over the last two decades as a strategic philanthropist.

What are the components of Giving 2.0 ProjectU?

Over my past 13 years of teaching philanthropy at Stanford Graduate School of Business, I’ve created a vast amount of research, case studies and teaching materials. Through Giving 2.0 ProjectU, I am sharing 100 percent of my materials (for free, online) with any educator who wants to teach the topic and any student—including life-long learners—who wants to learn about it. Embracing an open-source philosophy, I am also encouraging teachers and students alike to contribute to the conversation and together advance philanthropic learning.

Here’s what Giving 2.0 ProjectU includes:

  • 26 Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) case studies on high-impact foundations, philanthropists and best practices for both educators and students. Stanford GSB is donating these cases for this initiative—a spectacular philanthropic act itself.
  • More than 40 case teaching resources for educators to expand their course content and offerings with discussion questions, activities and frameworks that I designed to advance students’ critical thinking. These include:
  • 21 Stanford GSB case teaching notes including themes, frameworks, and discussion questions
  • 20 Giving 2.0 case activity guides including class activities, role plays and in-class projects
  • A discussion guide for Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World—my New York Times bestselling book
  • Four university philanthropy course syllabi:
    • Strategic Philanthropy (Stanford GSB)
    • Philanthropy and Innovation (Stanford University)
    • Giving 2.0: Philanthropy by Design (Stanford University)
    • Disruption for Good: Technology, Innovation and Philanthropy (Stanford University)
  • Philanthropy expert insights videos highlighting key philanthropic issues and best practices
  • Giving 2.0 Wikis (to be launched this summer) will present teaching frameworks in an open-source (wiki-based) format to which philanthropy educators can contribute and share
  • MOOCs (massive open online courses) that I plan to starting teaching this coming year for both Stanford University and Giving 2.0

The launch of this initiative coincides with the largest Philanthropy Education Symposium to date, which I will be chairing. Sponsored by Giving 2.0, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and the Learning by Giving Foundation, this academic convening will take place on June 19 and will be attended by approximately 75 philanthropy educators from U.S. and beyond.

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