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New Social Impact Lab calls for charitable causes

by Mary Whitfill, The Huntington News (February 6, 2014)

In an effort to bolster the school’s philanthropic education and community giving, Northeastern launched the new Social Impact Lab on Jan. 22 to bring students, donors and educators together to make an impact in the Boston area.

The lab stems from the success of Northeastern’s existing philanthropic education endeavors, including the massive open online course (MOOC) “Giving with Purpose” and classes offered within the university’s Human Services Program. These classes give students the opportunity to learn about issues facing the Boston community and invest money in charities of their choice.

“Giving students the trust and responsibility to invest money in the communities opens them up to a lot of issues our communities are facing that they might not have had to examine regularly,” Rebecca Riccio, the lab’s director, said. “It puts them in the position of reconciling the needs of the organizations that are doing the work and the challenges facing donors who are trying to invest in that work wisely.”

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