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I’m an individual philanthropist who’s also what I call a “pracademic”—part practitioner, part scholar. I’ve spent the last 20 years of my career creating the resources, organizations and courses that I wish I could have had to make my philanthropy create greater impact at every stage of my giving life. While my philanthropic initiatives are varied, they all serve a single mission—my life’s purpose and passion—educating and inspiring individual, institutional and corporate philanthropists to give in a way that matters more. I aspire to empower others to be more successful in their own philanthropy and in turn, create a ripple effect that directly and indirectly transforms millions of individual lives through other people’s giving.



Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (, a private operating foundation with a mission to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more. Operating as a philanthropic innovation lab, LAAF uses technology innovations to globally scale philanthropy education–creating and disseminating resources and scaling programs that advance the educational, individual and institutional fields of philanthropy to increase impact. Founding initiatives include: Giving 2.0: The MOOC (massive open online course) that is teaching over 25,000 givers around the world how to strategically invest time, money and expertise; ProjectU, a portfolio of open-source educational resources providing all that an educator needs to teach philanthropy courses; Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World, a New York Times bestselling book that empowers all givers to give their time, money, networks and expertise—in any amount—in a way that matters more.

Laura is the Founder and Board Chairman of Stanford PACS (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society), a global research center committed to exploring ideas to create social change and publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

Laura created and has taught Stanford Graduate School of Business’ (Stanford GSB) first course on Strategic Philanthropy since 2000 and has developed and teaches Stanford University’s first courses on philanthropy and social innovation, applying design thinking to create social impact, collaborative grantmaking as well as technology’s disruption of social change.

Laura is the Founder, Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman (1998-2008) of SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund), a venture philanthropy fund that leverages its partners’ financial, intellectual and human capital to make a measurable impact in the Silicon Valley community. SV2 has built a portfolio of 41 grantees and 400 investors, and it won the 2008 Silicon Valley Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropic Organization of the Year.

Her New York Times bestselling book, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2011), empowers individuals of all backgrounds, ages and passions to make their giving matter more. Laura is also a contributing author to T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Worth Magazine, the Huffington Post, SSIR and the book, Local Mission, Global Vision. Laura has been profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Barrons. She has been featured on Charlie Rose, CNN with Erin Burnett, MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan and CNBC Power Lunch.

Laura is President of the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation. She is director of the Arrillaga Foundation and a board member of Sand Hill Foundation. She is a former trustee of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Hoover Institution, Castilleja School, Menlo School, Eastside Preparatory School, San Francisco Art Institute and Children’s Health Council. Laura holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as an MA in Education, BA and MA in Art History all from Stanford University. In addition to numerous California philanthropy awards, Laura was a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute; was awarded the 2005 President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Points of Light Foundation; and she and her husband were honored with the World Affairs Council’s Global Philanthropy Forum 2011 Global Citizen Award. Laura lives with her husband—technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen—near Stanford University, and together they enjoy reading, art, writing, movies, athletics, sleeping, not sleeping and laughing as much as possible.


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