Study Philanthropy - Shortlist of best e-courses Available

Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that business requires.

- Bill Gates

Learning is a basic need of every human being. We learn business, learn the arts, learn how the world works, we learn theory, so why can’t we learn philanthropy?


It is not a secret that in recent years philanthropy has become a trend in the mindset of millions of people; it is no longer only for the privileged.  That is why more and more educational organisations are providing courses on the whole landscape of philanthropy such as why and where there is a need for aid and guidance on how to manage a non-profit organisation.


We have analysed the different strands of philanthropic education available and have shortlisted four online courses that would be useful for anyone seeking to learn new skills and insights to help them on their philanthropic journey.

Here are our favourite e-learning programmes: 


Philanthropy University powered by Berkeley-Haas

This platform offers free courses on social enterpreneurship, fundraising, leadership and many other useful sessions. There is no cost to participate in the offered courses.

Stanford online. Giving 2.0: The MOOC

This Stanford University-sponsored online course intends to teach everyone to give more effectively. Course participants learn how to create a strategic plan to use their time, money, expertise and networks to maximize their social impact as well as how to research, evaluate, compare and select nonprofit organizations in which to invest their resources. The cost of the course is free.

Institute of Fundraising

This professional membership body for UK fundraising supports fundraisers through education, networking, compliance and promoting fundraising as a career of choice. The cost per online course is GBP 49 for members and GBP 69 for non-members.

Rice University the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

These courses provide the opportunity to learn from industry thought leaders and expert instructors designed to build your skill set and increase your effectiveness. The cost per course is USD 275 for non-members and USD 234 for members.

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