Giving With Purpose: Why Give?

This week marked the beginning of the Giving with Purpose MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in which several Gateway Center for Giving members are participating – it’s a free, online course about philanthropy, intended to help participants learn about intentional giving, how nonprofits work, and how foundations work.  The course teaches us to understand why we donate our time, talent and treasure;  and how to give to highly performing organizations that make a difference.

Though the course has started, registration remains open until April 15 – so be sure to sign up by clicking here.


The first course module focused on the basics of nonprofits, and explored the presence of nonprofits in our day-to-day lives: libraries, summer camps, tutoring programs, churches, radio stations, museums, hospitals, universities, and many more.

After being asked to consider all of the ways that the nonprofit sector touches our lives, course participants were asked to reflect on a question: What are possible consequences of people lacking awareness of the nonprofit sector’s role in their own lives and in society as a whole?

Understanding the role of the nonprofit sector is vital to answering an important question for all philanthropists, big or small: Why give?

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