Book Launch – Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy

October 1st, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

SIEPR Conference Center - John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building 366 Galvez St
Stanford, CA 94305

Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy 

Interview with co-authors Paul Brest and Hal Harvey

Moderated by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Co-authors Paul Brest and Hal Harvey sit down with Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen to discuss the second edition of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy

Philanthropy is a booming business, with hundreds of billions of dollars committed to the social sector each year. Money Well Spent, an award-winning guide on how to structure philanthropy so that it really makes a difference, offers a comprehensive and crucial resource for individual donors, foundations, non-profits, and scholars who focus on and teach others about this realm. 

The second edition accounts for a decade of progress: a rise in impact investing, the advent of pay-for-success programs, the maturation of impact evaluation, and the emergence of a new generation of mega-donors. Today, the notion of results-driven philanthropy is more important than ever. With this book, the social sector has the techniques it needs to deliver on that idea with impact.

Paul Brest and Hal Harvey draw on the experiences of hundreds of foundations and non-profits to explain how to deliver on every dollar. They present the essential tools to help readers create and test effective plans for achieving demonstrable results.


  • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Book Signing and Pre-Reception
  • 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm - Interview with Paul Brest and Hal Harvey by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
  • 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm - Q&A
  • 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Book Signing and Post-Reception


  • Paul Brest - Faculty co-director for Stanford PACS, Director of the Effective Philanthropy Lab, and Professor at Stanford Law School
  • Hal Harvey - CEO of Energy Innovation, Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Paulson Institute
  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen - Founder and Board Chairman of Stanford PACS, Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation

Paul Brest is currently Professor Emeritus and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. His current courses include Problem Solving for Public Policy and Social Change and Advanced Topics in Philanthropy and Impact Investing. Professor Brest is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Northwestern University School of Law and Swarthmore College. 

Hal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based energy and environmental policy firm. Since its inception in 2012, Energy Innovation has delivered high-quality research and analysis to policymakers around the world and across a range of jurisdictions to help inform their energy policy decisions. He founded ClimateWorks Foundation (2008) and Energy Foundation (1991), and served as Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He served on energy panels appointed by Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton, and currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board for several financial, science, and philanthropic groups. Hal has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in Engineering, specializing in Energy Planning.

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the Founder and Board Chairman of Stanford PACS. She is the Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, a private operating foundation with a mission to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more. At Stanford University, Laura teaches courses on strategic philanthropy; philanthropic entrepreneurship; design thinking to create social impact; grantmaking; as well as technology’s disruption of the social sector. Laura holds an MBA from the Stanford GSB, as well as an MA in Education, BA and MA in Art History all from Stanford University. 

Money Well Spent Event Poster


This event is co-hosted by Stanford University Press.