When the second edi­tion of an online course on effec­tive giving starts next month, stu­dents will have a chance to learn from actor Patrick Dempsey, bil­lion­aire Warren Buf­fett and other promi­nent philanthropists.

Stu­dents in the free class that’s sched­uled to start on April 2 also will be able to help decide how to give away at least $100,000 of Buffett’s sister Doris’ money.

The Learning By Giving Foun­da­tion announced Monday that Dempsey had agreed to join the Buf­fetts, base­ball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and other phil­an­thropists in sharing lessons they learned from their own char­i­table efforts.

I believe that phil­an­thropy can drive change by empow­ering every­body in the room to play a role,” said Dempsey, who is per­haps best known for his role in television’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dempsey estab­lished a center in his Lewiston, Maine, home­town to offer sup­port and edu­ca­tion to people dealing with cancer.

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