Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation Resource Library

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the Founder, Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman of the Silicon Valley Social Ventures (SV2), the Founder and Board Chairman of Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and the Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF). She is also the Co-Founder and President of the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation, the Co-President of the Arrillaga Foundation and the Co-Founder of the Guild Theatre. A Lecturer in Business Strategy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB) since 2000, Laura created and teaches Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB) courses on Strategic Philanthropy and Philanthropic Institutions and Justice. She has also developed and teaches Power of You: Women in Leadership to prepare students to meet the challenges that currently exist for women leaders in the workplace, as well as promote inclusivity and advance impact with Laura’s “accessible leadership” model. Laura is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World (Wiley, 2011) and a contributing author to Frontiers in Social Innovation (Harvard Business Review Press, 2022). She has written for The Washington Post, Worth Magazine, T Magazine – The New York Times, the Huffington Post and SSIR.

LAAF’s Resource Library

LAAF’s Resource Library brings a fresh approach to the philanthropic field, educating individual givers, donors and corporate leaders via a series of tools and guides. These resources provide tactics and information about how to deploy an individual’s or organization’s unique assets and make more strategic and impactful giving decisions. The pages linked here highlight LAAF’s educational materials that help all givers and professionals—regardless of career or life stage, background, profession, role or passion—to achieve greater impact, create access for and empower women and individuals of all identities, and help them actualize their potential. These materials are informed by Arrillaga-Andreessen’s 25 years of professional experience as a founder, social entrepreneur, Stanford Graduate School of Business educator, board member, individual giver, investor and foundation president. They complement EPLI’s offerings, providing additional insights into the practice of giving and effective philanthropy.

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World

  • Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World (Wiley, 2011), is a guide to live a life of generosity that is socially impactful, emotionally meaningful and rich with learning. Based on Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s wide-ranging experience as a philanthropist, educator and social entrepreneur, this book takes you through different forms of giving—from volunteering to advocacy philanthropy and from online giving to starting a new nonprofit organization. It provides an expansive overview of key trends, best practices and time-proven strategies. Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World presents practical tools and creative ideas to educate, empower and inspire you to maximize your social impact and empower you to transform the way you give and the lives of others
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Giving 2.0™: The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

  • Giving 2.0™: The MOOC is a Stanford University-sponsored online class intended to teach givers of all ages and experience levels to give more effectively. Taught by social entrepreneur, philanthropist and best-selling author Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Giving 2.0™: The MOOC covers concepts including nonprofit assessment, philanthropic strategy, tactics for effective volunteering, technology for good and more. Each module in the course has a giving-related theme explored through content-packed, activity-rich videos, which include lectures from Arrillaga-Andreessen and guest speakers, readings and worksheets. Guest speakers are renowned leaders in multiple industries including philanthropy, technology and business, who will provide unique insights into course topics. A new version of Giving 2.0™: The MOOC will be available by the end of 2023.

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Giving 2.0™ Guides

  • Created as part of Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s philanthropy courses at Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Giving 2.0™ Guides will lead you step-by-step through the process of identifying your unique assets and developing an intentional, meaningful giving plan. To realize your unique capacity to create social impact with your giving, it is integral that you move from being reactive to proactive, sympathetic to strategic and isolated to collaborative. The guides will provide digestible information on a variety of philanthropic topics to help amplify the impact of your giving journey.

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LAAF’s YouTube Channel

  • You will find lectures from the Giving 2.0™: The MOOC and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s philanthropy course at Stanford Graduate School of Business presented by Arrillaga-Andreessen herself and expert guests from the field. These videos will provide guidance in making your giving journey more effective and meaningful, and the lessons may be applied to your future giving and comprehension of the sector.

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LAAF’s Case Studies Library

  • LAAF’s Case Studies Library contains over 35 case studies authored or co-authored by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen and published by Stanford Graduate School of Business. These resources demonstrate philanthropic best practices modeled by leading and diverse philanthropic institutions and renowned philanthropic leaders. They serve as educational tools for academics and students who want to deepen their understanding of the field of strategic philanthropy and can be employed in the classroom for scenario-based learning. These case studies will help you understand how you can advance the field of strategic philanthropy and learn from renowned leaders on how they created social impact in their giving journeys. Each case study includes both an instructor teaching note (available through Stanford Graduate School of Business), as well as a Giving 2.0™ activity guide (available through LAAF), both of which will facilitate the teaching experience and enhance student learning.

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