Friday, October 30, 2015

Philanthropy University teaches leaders to be better philanthropists

By Paul Sullivan
Amr Al-Dabbagh has helped develop online courses on how to be a better philanthropist. Credit Philippe Thirion
Philanthropy University is certainly off to a fast start. In the first month since its website went live, 200,000 people from 138 countries signed up for more than 400,000 online classes. Mr. Dabbagh donated several million dollars to see if a learning initiative could improve the lives of 100 million people by 2020. Through his family’s Stars Foundation, he has worked with the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, to create “massive open online courses,” also known as MOOCs, on how to be a better philanthropist and leader of a nonprofit group. The courses are taught by some top thinkers on philanthropy. [link]