What is the Giving 2.0 Chapter Network?
What do Giving 2.0 Chapters do?
How can I be involved in the Giving 2.0 Chapter Network?
What is the organizational structure of the Giving 2.0 Chapter Network?
What materials are provided to Giving 2.0 Chapters?

What is the Giving 2.0 Chapter Network?

Founded in 2013 by philanthropist, social entrepreneur, author and Stanford University professor, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, the Giving 2.0 Chapter Network is a new network of college clubs devoted to learning about and practicing strategic philanthropy. The Giving 2.0 Chapter Network is built around a new understanding of philanthropy. Philanthropy is about more than giving money – it is about giving your time, talent, skills, network and financial resources, in a focused and strategic way, to create measurable social impact. Through a portfolio of programming provided by Giving 2.0, students will learn new skills in philanthropy, experience grantmaking firsthand and connect with peers and experts.

Giving 2.0 understands the incredible potential that exists with this generation of college students who are passionate about creating social change. But without a deeper understanding of how every individual can make the most of his or her unique gifts, there is risk that this philanthropic potential may not be fully realized. For example, although individuals give nearly $250 billion to charity every year in America, studies show that only 35% of those gifts have any research behind them. With the global challenges that surround us, we all must learn how to give our time, talent and resources more effectively – not only to achieve meaningful social change today, but also to magnify our social impact into the future.

The Giving 2.0 chapters are designed to engage your passion for social change across a number of different capacities, all of which we realize are important to college students! The Giving 2.0 Chapter Network is:

  • Pre-Professional: Students will learn applicable skills and gain experience running programs that will be valuable for any career in the social sector.
  • Service-Based: Students will select a specific social issue to tackle and will contribute time, skills and resources to achieve target impact goals throughout the year.
  • Educational: Students will receive coaching and support from program staff, educational resources and how-to guides from Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s Giving 2.0.
  • Social: Students will be connected to a community of other strategic changemakers, at their school and across the country, and will furthermore have opportunities to build meaningful relationships with local social sector leaders.


What do Giving 2.0 Chapters do?

At the beginning of the academic year, each Giving 2.0 chapter selects a specific social issue to serve as a lens through which members will learn about philanthropy more broadly. This social issue will change from year to year, based on the chapter members’ interests. After learning about the social problem and creating goals for how they wish to effect change, chapter members develop a year-long strategy for how to invest their time, skills, knowledge, networks and money to produce their desired social impact.

Throughout the year, the chapter engages in a portfolio of Giving 2.0 activities and programming. Programming is meant to help chapter members achieve three primary goals:

    a) Develop knowledge and skills in strategic philanthropy,
    b) Conduct a real grantmaking cycle (with the chance to be awarded a Giving 2.0 matching grant) and
    c) Work towards achieving the chapter’s larger social impact goals.

Giving 2.0 Chapter Programming

Giving 2.0 provides individual guidance and educational resources to help chapter executive teams develop an annual operational plan for their chapter, outlining the activities, projects and programs the chapter will engage in throughout the year. Chapter executive teams are provided with materials to run Giving 2.0 programs but are also encouraged to develop their own innovative programming. Programming can include learning opportunities (such as issue-specific movie screenings, or book discussions), skill-building opportunities (such as fundraising workshops or nonprofit site visits) or direct service opportunities (such as volunteering) that build each chapter member’s understanding of strategic philanthropy. For example, your chapter may organize a panel discussion with local experts to debate the pros and cons of current models for improving your chapter’s selected social problem. Or, your chapter may choose to create an awareness building campaign to increase knowledge and support for your chapter-selected social issue campus-wide. In addition to providing numerous ideas for effective chapter activities, Giving 2.0 provides learning modules to help each chapter through every step of the philanthropic process.

Giving 2.0 Grantmaking

One of the projects that each Giving 2.0 chapter will engage in annually is a hands-on grantmaking cycle. This is a valuable process for anyone who is interested in contributing to the social sector – whether you hope to work for or start a nonprofit or foundation, to serve on a nonprofit or philanthropic board or to learn how to make all of your gifts matter more! Students learn how to develop a grantmaking strategy (based on a “theory of change”), assess nonprofit organizations, conduct site visits, develop grant proposal requests, evaluate grant proposals and select grantees. Chapters fundraise for the grants and can apply for a Giving 2.0 matching grant (up to $2,000).
To guide chapters through the grantmaking process in a structured and thoughtful way, Giving 2.0 provides a variety of academic and practical tools developed by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen throughout her 15 years of teaching at Stanford University. These resources are designed to help each chapter member become a successful grantmaker. Giving 2.0 staff members are also available to provide your chapter individual guidance.

How can I be involved in the Giving 2.0 Chapter Network?

There are many ways to be involved in Giving 2.0! You can join the Giving 2.0 Chapter Network as a chapter founder, an executive team member or a chapter member. We are currently looking for one or two exceptional individuals at each college campus to found a chapter at their school. Once selected, chapter founders will recruit, interview and select an executive team to help lead their chapter. Each chapter will then welcome and recruit at least 6-10 additional “at-large” members. Each of these roles involves a different level of commitment and different levels of responsibility and leadership.

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What is the organizational structure of the Giving 2.0 Chapter Network?

The Giving 2.0 Chapter Network is a national network whose leadership consists of both a national office with Giving 2.0 Chapter “staff” who serve as liaisons for each chapter, and an executive team of leaders from each college chapter. Each chapter will have a founder or co-founders that apply to start a chapter at their college or university and will become the local leaders for Giving 2.0. The founders will recruit and select up to three students to join their executive leadership team. Giving 2.0 will recommend specific executive team roles but chapter founders are able to customize the roles as is appropriate for their chapter.

It is recommended that each chapter have a faculty advisor from the university. Giving 2.0 also recommends that each chapter considers having a philanthropic mentor from the community. The philanthropic mentor may be a local leader in a regional nonprofit or foundation or an individual who is a leader in a local service organization (such as Kiwanis or Rotary Club) or a giving circle or venture philanthropy partnership (such as Social Venture Partners). Giving 2.0 Staff will help each chapter brainstorm and connect with outside mentors as best we can!

The Chapter Network

All Giving 2.0 chapters are connected through a shared goal of learning and practicing strategic philanthropy. While chapters will also share the same basic timeline and set of core activities, they are encouraged to create their own chapter identity that will help them stand out and meet a specific need at their individual school. Throughout the academic year, chapters join an online community with other Giving 2.0 chapters and receive advice, feedback and guidance from peers and Giving 2.0 staff. Giving 2.0 chapter founders will have regular conversations with Giving 2.0 staff, checking in on how the chapter is progressing towards their goals, sharing feedback about the program and brainstorming program enhancements to better meet student needs.

In the spring of each academic year, Giving 2.0 staff will select a small group of outstanding chapter members to form a national student advisory board, serving in an advisory function for the national network for the year. This exclusive council of student leaders will work with the Giving 2.0 staff and contribute their unique skills and interests to enhance the effectiveness of Giving 2.0 college chapters. These members will be on-the-ground extensions of the Giving 2.0 national office, interacting with college chapters and contributing to continuous improvement and strategic evolution of the Chapter Network. The national advisory board members will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide feedback from a set number of chapters to inform the national office about ongoing needs, new ideas and best practices.
  • Provide support to the Giving 2.0 national office to inform new program development, including helping design materials, create informational videos or code a new section of the website.
  • Reach out to other colleges and universities about creating a Giving 2.0 chapter.
  • Coordinate regional activities between Giving 2.0 chapters.

Who are the Giving 2.0 Chapter Network Staff?

As a leader or member of a Giving 2.0 Chapter you will have plenty of opportunities to chat with, learn from, brainstorm and strategize with Giving 2.0 staff. At the Giving 2.0 national office, our Giving 2.0 Chapter Network leader is Zach D’Angelo. You can think of him as your chapter’s wingman – he will help you learn and achieve all your chapter dreams (within ambitious, yet realistic limits). Zach is passionate about strategic philanthropy and inspired by organizations that effectively create meaningful social change!

Giving 2.0 staff are not only excited to lead chapters to success during the program but are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the application process. Feel free to email us at z.dangelo@laaf.org with any questions (or just to introduce yourself!).

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What materials are provided to Giving 2.0 Chapters?

Each chapter will receive a Giving 2.0 Chapter Start-Up Guide that will provide chapter executive teams with the materials and resources they need to kick off an amazing Giving 2.0 chapter at their school! The Start-Up Guide provides chapters with an overview of core qualities of strategic philanthropy and background information on how the social sector is evolving. The guide is also filled with practical advice for setting up your chapter operations. Topics include, but are not limited to the following: how to structure and manage your Giving 2.0 chapter over time (including recruiting, succession planning, event planning and more), how to lead meetings (with recommended meeting agendas), how to identify and engage community mentors and how to choose your chapter’s social issue area.

Chapters will also receive more detailed guidance for other aspects of Giving 2.0 recommended programming, including the grantmaking cycle that takes place during the second half of the year. As the grantmaking cycle is the most complex of the Giving 2.0 activities, the national office provides more detailed resources to support each chapter’s success. These materials include recommended meeting agendas that guide students in their learning and implementation of the grantmaking process. Giving 2.0 grantmaking agendas help break down the grantmaking process into coherent, manageable stages and also allow chapters around the country to focus on the same step of the grantmaking process simultaneously so that chapters can share ideas and learnings. Each agenda is broken down into three main components:

    1. Discussion: Questions to inspire creative thinking and allow for diverse brainstorming on that grantmaking topic.
    2. Learning: Lessons and resources to gain understanding of critical philanthropic topics covered during different parts of the grantmaking process, including, how to write a mission statement, how to identify and craft a theory of change (and what a theory of change is!) and how to assess a nonprofit’s organizational strength and potential as a prospective grantee.
    3. Action: Key decisions the group must make during each part of the grantmaking process and guidelines for how to make those decisions together.

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