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Giving With Purpose

The Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University has partnered with the Learning by Giving Foundation to create Giving With Purpose, a massive open online course (MOOC) on effective charitable giving and informed civic engagement. This course was first offered in Summer 2013 and will be offered again in March 2014. To register, please click here. The goal of this non-credit course is to prepare students to become more purposeful givers and engage more effectively with nonprofit organizations in their communities. Six compact classes include lectures, interactive exercises, group discussions, and interviews with prominent philanthropists Warren Buffett, Doris Buffet, Cal Ripken, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, Tom Werner, and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben and Jerry).  Students are invited to nominate nonprofit organizations in their communities to receive real-dollar grants. A minimum of $100,000 will be distributed to the organizations ranked highest by students using a peer-review selection process based on course concepts. Watch the video below to learn more about the course.


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