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by Ali Fraenkel
May 20, 2013
On Tuesday, June 18th and Wednesday, June 19th, Learning by Giving Foundation (Foundation) faculty and the rest of the Foundation team came together on the West Coast. Not only did they soak in some California sunshine, but the Foundation team was able to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Foundation, its mission, work, and future direction. Alex Buffett Rozek, Foundation President, reinforced the Foundation’s goal for its students: “We want our students to learn about how to think about giving away money… and then actually have the opportunity to give it away.”
All Foundation teachers gathered for the first time at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, where the Foundation hosted a meeting on Tuesday. Among the major topics discussed at the conference was the role of technology in furthering philanthropy education. Google facilitated a workshop for all teachers regarding how they could better utilize Google technology for their courses. Models and best practices were shared regarding experiential components of the Foundation courses that are being offered at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Foundation faculty spoke to each other about their varying strategies for teaching philanthropy to both undergraduate and graduate students. Professor Greg Witkowski of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy also gave an overview of Indiana’s upcoming two-year research project on the outcomes of Foundation classes, while getting feedback from the Foundation faculty on their different grant making models, essential components, and potential impacts on learning outcomes. Many team members also experienced their first “Google Hangout”, during which they spoke with Foundation Board member Howard W. Buffett about social value investing and his upcoming book, 40 Chances. Keynote speaker Lucy Bernholz closed the day with a discussion on “Data and Philanthropy- It’s Role in the New Social Economy”. “Philanthropy is the place where we act on what we care about,” Lucy opened with.
Foundation members gathered the following day at Stanford University for the Philanthropy Educators Symposium, the largest-ever convening of philanthropy educators. Hosted by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), in partnership with the Learning by Giving Foundation and Giving 2.0, the program provided opportunities to discuss what constitutes “success” in philanthropy education.
As faculty and lecturers from around the country shared best practices and inspired each other, the Foundation also had the opportunity to announce the launch of the upcoming GivingWithPurpose course on July 15th. Alex presented to the audience an overview of the M.O.O.C. and even shared fun sneak-peek snippets of guest speaker interviews. With the excitement building for GivingWithPurpose, the Foundation is ready for registrants from across the country to learn about effective philanthropy and then have the chance to donate real dollars. Join us on July 15th to share your perspectives on giving and register on our M.O.O.C. homepage today!