BOSTON, Mar 31, 2014 (Korea Bizwire) - The Learning by Giving Foundation and Northeastern University are now accepting nominations for nonprofit organizations to receive grants through the massive open online course (MOOC) Giving With Purpose. Nominations may be submitted by anyone over the age of 13. Simply sign up to take the course on edX.org and then use your same email address to register on our Grant App using code JD889SHJFS.
The Learning by Giving Foundation and Northeastern University have created the Grant App, an online tool that allows students to review each other’s nominations and collectively decide how to award grants. Over $100,000 will be awarded at the end of the course. Students must live within 100 miles of the organizations they nominate. The course is open to anyone in the world, but only U.S. nonprofits are eligible for grants.
The course teaches students how to identify high-performing nonprofit organizations with help from well known philanthropists Warren Buffett, Doris Buffett, Cal Ripken, Jr., Soledad O’Brien, Tom Werner, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry), and Patrick Dempsey.
Participants from the first offering of Giving With Purpose awarded $130,000 to 40 nonprofits across the U.S. Jackie Stone, a Giving With Purpose student, explained the impact of the course on her family. “Giving With Purpose inspired us to more than double our giving, funding the things we have helped before, checking in with three favorite institutions and improving their capacity.” The course encourages students to study needs in their communities and think of their charitable gifts as investments.
Students can register for Giving With Purpose on edX.org. Classes begin on April 2. Nonprofit nominations may be submitted through midnight (EST) on April 8.
About the Learning by Giving Foundation
The Learning by Giving Foundation seeks to advance the next generation’s understanding of philanthropy by providing the financial, technological, and intellectual tools to experience community impact and to make that knowledge widely accessible through an online forum. Doris Buffett created the first Learning by Giving Foundation program in 2003 and has since partnered with over 35 colleges and universities around the country. Each class receives a $10,000 grant for the students to distribute to local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation launched Giving With Purpose, a free online philanthropy course, in 2013. Over 10,000 people took the first course and distributed $130,000 to 40 nonprofit organizations.
Source: Learning by Giving Foundation (via Business Wire)