Giving With Purpose


Giving With Purpose guest speaker Patrick Dempsey with Rebecca Riccio, Director of the Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University


Together with the Learning by Giving Foundation, The Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University has awarded $150,000 in grants to thirty nonprofit organizations across the U.S. through the 2014 iteration of Giving With Purpose, the world’s first massive open online course (MOOC) on effective charitable giving. Forty organizations received $130,000 in grants when the course was first offered in 2013.

Thousands of students around the world have now taken Giving With Purpose to become more purposeful givers and engage more effectively with nonprofit organizations in their communities. Students engage in collective grant making by nominating and assessing nonprofit organizations in their communities using principles taught in the course.

Students register in the MOOC individually or as part of a team. In 2014, three organizations, Positive Tracks, the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Red Sox Foundation, sponsored teams whose members collaborated in choosing some of the grantees.

Authored by the Lab’s Director, Rebecca Riccio, Giving With Purpose include lectures, interactive exercises, group discussions, and interviews with prominent philanthropists Warren Buffett, Doris Buffet, Patrick Dempsey, Cal Ripken, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, Tom Werner, and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben and Jerry).

Click here to request more information regarding the next offering of Giving With Purpose.


Related Links

Press release

Learning by Giving Foundation’s Grant Map 

2014 Giving With Purpose Grantees

2013 Giving With Purpose Grantees

How Warren Buffett Made Me Smarter About Charity (Forbes, May 21, 2014)

Buffett-inspired Philanthropy Course Draws 10,000 Students Worldwide (L.A. Times, August 1, 2013)

Online Buffett Class: A Lesson In Charitable Giving.  (WBUR: Here and Now, July 22, 2013)

Preview to interview with Warren Buffett and Doris Buffett

Preview to interview with Patrick Dempsey




Watch the video below to learn more about the course.


NS4G gratefully acknowledges Thomas Bary, Northeastern University’s Digital Media Specialist of the Library Media Center, for his assistance with this project.