Activating a coalition to close the CSO gap

Taking Action Together For A Stronger Civil Society

We believe that development works best when local organizations lead the way.



A very promising — yet urgent — opportunity lies before us: enrich local changemakers with knowledge and resources to better serve their communities as well as reach new ones.

With stronger local organizations, our world can be transformed from the ground up.

Join a growing network of partners and donors as we aim to strengthen the capacity of 5,000 organizations, working to improve the lives of 100 million people worldwide, by 2020.

  • Sponsor and Content Developer

    Named from the word Philanthropos meaning love of humanity, Philanthropy University was established through the generosity of founding partner Al-Dabbagh Group in 2015. The Group’s Giving Platform commits Al-Dabbagh to a number of philanthropic initiatives that aim to maximize the impact, scale and sustainability of positive change.
  • Our partners

    These leading partners provide world-class training materials, in-country expertise, on-the-ground collaboration, in-kind services, funding and much more. We thank them for their commitment to building the capacity of local organizations.

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Our collaborators

We are proud to partner with experts in technology, product design and programming to help deliver our vision and build best-in-class courses and communities designed for nonprofit leaders in the Global South.
Barney Singer
Subject Matter Expert

Barney Singer is a civil society and capacity development leader with more than three decades...

Julisa Tambunan
Subject Matter Expert

Julisa Tambunan is the Director of Mercy Corps’ GirlSPARKS, a global training hub that helps...

Marty Galindo-Schmith
Subject Matter Expert

Marty Galindo-Schmith is a Senior Technical Advisor at FHI 360. She has a long history...

Jo-Ann Tan
Subject Matter Expert

Jo-Ann Tan is the creator and Director of +Acumen, the World’s School for Social Change....

Thomas Wolf
Instructor

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

Paul Brest
Instructor

A leading, national scholar on public policy and philanthropy, Paul Brest is the former president...

Partner-Designed Courses

Working in partnership with leading development professionals, we design courses that are locally relevant and focus on building organizational capacity. New courses are continually under development.

+15 Members

Girl Centered Design

in collaboration with girlSPARKS: Understand why a focus on girls is essential and practice designing solutions to meet the needs of girls.

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8 Topics
40 Posts
+12 Members

Planning for M&E

in collaboration with FHI 360: Learn how to plan for data collection, management, analysis, and use. As you complete the course assignments, you will create an M&E plan for your own project.

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14 Topics
16 Posts
+10 Members

Human Capital Strategy

in collaboration with +Acumen: Learn how to develop a human capital strategy and build a values-based culture to attract, develop and retain employees.

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12 Topics
14 Posts
Team of Changemakers

Philanthropy University is Worldwide

Developed by leading academics and development practitioners around the world, our free online University accelerates the impact of local organizations. With essential courses and vibrant communities 
of practice focused, we deliver sustainable development and improving lives of people everywhere.

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Join us as we aim to strengthen the capacity of 5,000 organizations, working to improve the lives of 100 million people, by 2020.