Giving With Purpose


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


Northeastern University and the Learning by Giving Foundation partnered to create Giving With Purpose, the world’s first massive open online course (MOOC) on effective charitable giving. Offered in 2013 and 2014, Giving With Purpose engaged 18,000 people in over 100 countries in awarding over a quarter million dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. Students nominated and collaboratively assessed nonprofit organizations using principles taught in the course.

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


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.

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