Haas Launches A Philanthropy University For Do-Gooders

Berkeley's Laura Tyson

Berkeley’s Laura Tyson

UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is now offering a set of online courses for social do-gooders. Philanthropy University, a new, innovative educational initiative, is meant to provide people working in the social sector specialized learning and resources to deepen their impact.

“Philanthropy University offers leaders in the social sector opportunities to strengthen their skills and grow their network of peers and mentors, ultimately increasing collaboration and efficiency and leading to a greater impact in the world,” says Dr. Laura Tyson, director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at Berkeley-Haas and chair of the Philanthropy University Advisory Committee. “Berkeley-Haas is proud to be a partner in this new effort to break down barriers to social change by providing free, accessible learning to foster the capacity of the sector around the world.”

Berkeley-Haas is playing a significant role that includes helping form networks of organizations that use Philanthropy University to increase their impact, shaping the curricula, sourcing faculty from Berkeley and top universities worldwide, building an open innovation platform that provides space for learners to collaborate, and integrating its Global Social Venture Competition with this initiative.


“Imagine a workforce of social change professionals who are primed, positioned and skilled to impact the lives of millions of people and effectively change the world with their work. This is the vision of Philanthropy University,” shared His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh, founder of Philanthropy U, the non-profit sponsor of this initiative.

Philanthropy University courses go beyond the traditional non-profit webinar through classes lasting five to eight weeks that will be taught by leading instructors and renowned practitioners. Courses focus on team-based, experiential learning, enabled by the latest social learning technologies from NovoEd.

The seven inaugural courses, which begin September 29th, 2015, teach key skills that people need to succeed in the social change sector, including fundraising, strategic planning and scaling for impact. More than 10,000 learners have already registered to be in Philanthropy University’s inaugural session. Instructors include Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva.org, Paul Brest, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and Erik SimanisCornell University.


Learners can earn recognition from Berkeley-Haas including a Statement of Accomplishment upon completion of any course or a Certificate of Completion in Social Sector Leadership by completing all seven classes.

The initial course offerings and start dates are:

Starting Sept 29, 2015:

Global Social Entrepreneurship

Essential of Nonprofit Strategy

Organizational Capacity: Assessment to Action

Starting Oct 6, 2015:

How to Scale Social Impact

Leadership: 10 Rules for Impact and Meaning

Starting Oct 13, 2015:

Financial Modeling for the Social Sector

Fundraising: How to Connect with Donors


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