Philanthropy University

Philanthropy University

Grow your skills. Grow your impact.

Philanthropy University is a global initiative with a bold goal: providing free online education to millions of social change-makers working to make the world a better place.

Through free, dynamic online courses, Philanthropy University arms leaders in the social sector with the tools they need to grow their knowledge, increase their capacity and scale their impact.

  • 225,000 learners enrolled
  • 500,000+ course registrations
  • 180+ countries represented
  • Countries with highest enrollment: US, Nigeria, India, Kenya,
    Mexico and the Philippines
  • 765 Certificates in Social Sector Leadership earned

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Philanthropy University is powered by Berkeley-Haas. Our thought leadership team informs the pedagogy, defines the curricula, and sources instructors from top universities and social impact organizations around the globe. Upon the completion of course work, students earn a Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from Berkeley-Haas and join a global network of alumni working to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social challenges.

Philanthropy University currently offers seven foundational courses. Details on the courses and enrollment information are available at the Philanthropy University site.

Philanthropy University Courses


Key supporters in developing and providing Philanthropy University to the world include:

CSSL NovoEd Berkeley-Haas Philanthropy University


Philanthropy University is sponsored by Philanthropy U, Inc., a registered non-profit, and is not a degree or diploma granting, nor credit bearing program. Learners receive a a statement of accomplishment and certificate for course completion, but are not entitled to earn college or other academic credit.. Learn more at