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This is an almost unbelievable offer for everyone in nonprofit-land. There are seven free online courses available starting in mid-September by people like Paul Brest, former head of the Hewlett Foundation and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He is teaching The Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy.
The courses are compliments of the nonprofit Philanthropy University, which is in turn a project of NovoEd, the massive open online course (MOOC) company, and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. The mission of this project is to drive meaningful impact by improving the efficiency, operations, and impact of the world's nonprofits.
All of the Philanthropy University courses are free and available anywhere in the world. They run about six weeks and take about two to three hours per week of work. Anyone working at a nonprofit, church, or a social enterprise is a great fit for the courses.
The upcoming roster of courses include these instructors teaching on the following topics:
All coursework can be completed at your own pace. If you complete a course, you can get a Statement of Accomplishment from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. If you complete all seven classes, you can earn a Certificate of Completion in Social Sector Leadership.
I asked Greg Bybee, NovoEd's director of solutions and services, how it can offer these courses at no cost. Here is what he said: "Philanthropy U is not unlike other philanthropic nonprofits, but instead of providing unrestricted financial grants, it provides unrestricted capacity building for nonprofits. Using NovoEd's online learning platform, Philanthropy U can scale Philanthropy University to hundreds of thousands of learners cost-effectively."
I'm still not sure I quite get how they do it, but the fact remains — you can get a free online class from Jessica Jackley of Kiva.org with special guest Muhammad Yunus at no cost. Definitely worth checking out.
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Interesting article, no information on how to sign up.
Great article. How do you sign up
Glad you liked the article. You can sign up for any of the classes directly on Philanthropy University's site: http://philanthropyu.org/ (click the register button to get started). Happy learning!
Hi readers - if you have difficulty reaching the Philanthropy University website, please try this link: novoed.com/philanthropy-initiative