Experiential philanthropy (EP) is a teaching methodology that integrates real-dollar grant making into an academic course to illuminate its content and heighten students’ awareness of the practical challenges and ethical implications of investing in social change. The experiential nature of EP courses heightens students’ sense of self-efficacy and social responsibility because their decisions are independent and have meaningful consequences for local communities.


Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G)
NS4G is an example of experiential philanthropy education, a teaching methodology in which students are entrusted with the responsibility of awarding real-dollar grants to nonprofit organizations in their communities.

Teaching by Giving
SIL has worked with the Learning by Giving Foundation to help colleges and universities across the United States develop experiential philanthropy education courses that empower students to award real-dollar grants to local nonprofit organizations.

Giving With Purpose – MOOC
Giving with Purpose, the world’s first massive open online course (MOOC) on effective charitable giving, was created in partnership with the Buffett family’s Learning by Giving Foundation.