Partner Release: Philanthropy University Launches New Tech-Enabled Capacity-Building Platform for Global South Nonprofits

(Oakland, CA) – March 13, 2018 -- Philanthropy University announced today the launch of its new tech-enabled capacity-building platform with free online courses and vibrant online communities. The first of its kind, the new learning platform is optimized for practitioners in the Global South and available to everyone.

With a mission to transform the capacity of 5,000 local organizations and improve the lives of 100 million people by 2020, Philanthropy University provides local development practitioners with the knowledge, resources and support they need to deliver sustainable development for all.

“Impactful international development depends on the vital work of local organizations. To strengthen the resilience of these local organizations, we reimagined capacity building for the digital age and created a new learning platform that is scalable and easily accessible worldwide,” said Connor Diemand-Yauman, CEO, Philanthropy University.

Philanthropy University partnered with leading academics and development professionals to create seven courses focused on strategy, fundraising, human capital, user centered design and M&E (monitoring and evaluation). The learning platform blends expert instruction and engaging content on an easy-to-use digital interface. Coursework is complemented by vibrant communities of practice where learners and practitioners can connect with peers with similar backgrounds, professional interests, and missions to share and document their best practices for common challenges.

Learners can select from the following courses, with more courses to come over the year:

  • Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy: Learners will develop a plan to achieve organizational goals and make strides towards meaningful impact. (Instructor: Paul Brest, Stanford Law School, Former President of Hewlett Foundation)
  • Introduction to Fundraising: Learners will assess if their organization is ready to fundraise and will build foundational skills to leverage the people and resources in their communities effectively for their organization. (Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wolf, Principal at WolfBrown; Former Founding Director, New England Foundation for the Arts)
  • Fundraising: Connecting with Donors: ​Learners will hear the secrets of connecting with donors and develop strategies to expand their donor network. (Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wolf)
  • Fundraising Strategies: ​Learners will develop key fundraising skills including writing successful grant proposals, planning a small-scale fundraising event and launching crowdfunding campaigns. (Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wolf)
  • Human Capital Strategy: ​Learners will develop a human capital strategy that builds a values-based culture to attract, develop and retain employees for their own organization. (In collaboration with: +Acumen)
  • Girl Centered Design: ​Learners will apply the principles of user centered design to practice designing solutions to meet the needs of girls in their community. (In collaboration with: Mercy Corps)
  • Planning for M&E:​ Learners will plan for data collection, management, analysis, and use. As they complete the course assignments, they will create an M&E plan for their own project. (In collaboration with: FHI 360)

The University first launched in 2015 and attracted 240,000 learners in 180 countries with more than half based in the Global South.

The free online University is one of three main initiatives to support local organizations. The second initiative recognizes local impact with its prestigious Awards program that grants a large number of capital awards to learners every year. The third initiative inspires local impact by bringing together local development and industry leaders at the annual Philanthropy University Forum and throughout the year. Together, Philanthropy University enables local practitioners to extend their reach, deepen their impact and strengthen local leadership where it matters most.


About Philanthropy University

Philanthropy University is the new tech-enabled platform that transforms the impact of local organizations working to deliver sustainable development for all. Focused on the Global South and open to all, Philanthropy University provides the knowledge, resources and support local organizations need to enable meaningful, measurable and lasting change. It does this through its three main initiatives: a world-class, free online University, an annual Forum and Awards. Philanthropy University aims to strengthen the capacity of 5,000 organizations working to improve the lives of 100 million people worldwide by 2020.

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