February 6, 2014

Give Smarter

It looks like Miss Do-Gooder is going back to school! I just signed up for my first ever online course – Giving With Purpose – courtesy of edX.

In case you’re not familiar, edX is a non-profit created by the founding partners of Harvard and MIT whose mission is to bring the best education to people of all ages across the globe (where there’s Internet access at least). They offer FREE interactive classes and MOOCS on everything from computer science and engineering to philosophy, physics, music and medicine. Oh, and philanthropy.

The official title is “Giving With Purpose: How to Get the Most Out of Your Charitable Giving,” and its offered by the Learning by Giving Foundation with support from Northeastern University. Students (that’s me) will get a chance to nominate nonprofit organizations in and around their communities to receive real-money grants. A minimum of $100,000 will be distributed to the organizations ranked highest by students using a peer review selection process based on course concepts. I feel smarter already.

Giving With Purpose doesn’t start until the end of March, so there’s still plenty of time to register. Hope to see all of you in class!

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