Philanthropy University Unveils New, Free Courses For Local Leaders in Global South

Attracting 220k+ learners in its first year, Philanthropy University recently launched a new suite of courses and communities of practice to strengthen civil society organizations. The innovative free learning platform blends expert instruction and engaging content on an easy-to-use interface.

To match the exciting new direction of Philanthropy University, we’ve updated the certificate program through Berkeley Haas. Whereas past learners earned a Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from Berkeley Haas upon the completion of all seven previous Philanthropy University courses, future learners are invited to earn a Certificate of Achievement upon completion of several newly created individual courses.

Berkeley Haas is proud to provide Certificates of Achievement in partnership with Philanthropy University for the following six courses:


  • Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy Learners will develop a plan to achieve organizational goals and make strides towards meaningful impact. (Instructor: Paul Brest, Stanford Law School, Former President of Hewlett Foundation)
  • Introduction to Fundraising Learners will assess if their organization is ready to fundraise and will build foundational skills to leverage the people and resources in their communities effectively for their organization. (Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wolf, Principal at WolfBrown; Former Founding Director, New England Foundation for the Arts)
  • Fundraising: Connecting with Donors Learners will hear the secrets of connecting with donors and develop strategies to expand their donor network. (Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wolf)
  • Fundraising Strategies Learners will develop key fundraising skills including writing successful grant proposals, planning a small-scale fundraising event and launching crowdfunding campaigns. (Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wolf)
  • Human Capital Strategies Learners will develop a human capital strategy that builds a values-based culture to attract, develop and retain employees for their own organization. (In collaboration with: +Acumen)
  • Planning for Monitoring and Evaluation Learners will plan for data collection, management, analysis and use. As they complete the course assignments, they will create an M&E plan for their own project. (In collaboration with: FHI 360)

Philanthropy University is a non-degree, diploma or credit granting initiative. Philanthropy U, Inc. is the concept developer and sponsor of the initiative. Learners are eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement for each course, but are not entitled to earn college or other academic credit. Learn more at