Philantrophy University
We seek to transform impact, strengthen capacity and build resilience in local civil society organizations.

Past Philanthropy University courses

Last year, we paused all Philanthropy University courses so we could develop new content to better serve you, our learners; non profit leaders working for local organizations in the Global South.

We will be re-launching our website in March 2018 with a new set of world-class free online courses and vibrant online communities that blend expert instruction and engaging content on an easy-to-use digital interface. More information to come soon.

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Global Social Entrepreneurship

Jessica Jackley
Learn how to develop and launch your own social venture to elevate your current work or guide implementation of your next great idea.

Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy

Paul Brest
Develop successful strategies to achieve your goals and make meaningful impact using real world examples as guidance.

Organizational Capacity: Assessment to Action

Doug Scott
Analyze your organization's current capacity and prioritize ways to further impact by identifying common obstacles and ideas for overcoming challenges.

Financial Modeling for the Social Sector

Erik Simanis
Learn how to use financial modeling and creative approaches to market-based funding to scale the impact of your work.

Leadership: Ten Rules for Impact and Meaning

Amr Al-Dabbagh
Learn how to succeed as a leader of a movement, an organization or enterprise, fueled by the Ten Golden Rules for accelerated success.

How to Scale Social Impact

Shashi Buluswar
Build the knowledge necessary to scale your organization's impact and reach by setting your programs apart from those of your peers.

Fundraising: How to Connect with Donors

Thomas Wolf
Learn the ins-and-outs of fundraising communications from a seasoned fundraiser, who exposes the nuances of effective fundraising practices.


With a mission to transform the capacity of local civil society organizations everywhere, Philanthropy University provides practitioners with the knowledge, resources and support they need to deliver sustainable development for all.


Created and delivered by leading academics and development professionals, our curriculum is optimized for the experiences of learners and local organizations in the Global South, and is available to all.

Erik Simanis

Dr. Erik Simanis is a Partner in the innovation consultancy, TIL Ventures, and core faculty of The Intrapreneur Lab.

Thomas Wolf

Tom Wolf is founder of WolfBrown, a consultancy, and a former lecturer at Harvard University.

Shashi Buluswar

Shashi Buluswar is co-founder and executive director of the Lawrence Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies.

Amr Al-Dabbagh

Founder of Philanthropy U, Amr Al-Dabbagh is the CEO and Chairman of Al-Dabbagh Group, the Founding Chairman of the Stars Foundation and author of the book Omnipreneurship: An Organized Approach to Living a Life of Meaning.