The University of California, Berkeley has announced the launch of Philanthropy University, an educational initiative to provide social sector executives with specialized learning and resources aimed at deepening their impact.
Funded in part by Amr Al-Dabbagh, a prominent Saudi businessman, and operated by the Haas School of Business and NovoEd, the initiative initially will offer free courses on the key skills that people need to succeed in the social change sector, including fundraising, strategic planning, and scaling for impact. Presented on the NovoEd platform, the courses will focus on experiential learning and be team-based. In addition to the course offerings, Berkeley-Haas hopes the initiative will result in peer networks that can be leveraged to further develop the PU curricula, source faculty, build an open-innovation collaboration platform, and integrate the whole package with its own Global Social Venture Competition.
"Philanthropy University offers leaders in the social sector opportunities to strengthen their skills and grow their network of peers and mentors, ultimately increasing collaboration and efficiency and leading to a greater impact in the world," said Laura D'Andrea Tyson, director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at Berkeley-Haas and chair of the PU advisory committee. "Berkeley-Haas is proud to be a partner in this new effort to break down barriers to social change by providing free, accessible learning to foster the capacity of the sector around the world."