Melinda Gates, co-chair, and trustee,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“Giving 2.0 empowers everyone-from volunteers to donors to advocates-to get the most out of their giving and themselves.”


Edward Norton, Actor, Philanthropist, and Founder: Maasi Wilderness Conservation Trust

“Giving 2.0 is a real gift to anybody who is committed to using their life, their resources and their energies to make the world a better place. I’ve been involved in philanthropy, non-profit organizations and fundraising for over 20 years and this is without a doubt the most comprehensive and accessible guide to ‘how to do smart philanthropy’ that I have ever encountered.  There is excellent, indeed essential, advice and insight for everyone…from the student with nothing to contribute but their energy, passion and time to the person who is ready to ‘give back’ a billion dollars…and the best part is that each will learn a lot about how to leverage their efforts by reading about the others.  It’s both an inspiring call for the creation of a ‘culture of giving’ and at the same time an actual manual of practical steps people can take to maximize their positive impact on the world.”

Dr. Judith Rodin, CEO, Rockefeller Foundation and Former President, University of Pennsylvania

“Arrillaga-Andreessen is a brilliant storyteller who has the rare gift of animating both the heart and mind of philanthropy. A compelling read, Giving 2.0 draws richly on the credibility of her personal journey as well as her broad academic expertise. It is brimming with persuasive evidence and practical resources for all types of philanthropists, from those just beginning to those with significant experience looking to more effectively evaluate their progress and enhance their efforts. Giving 2.0 is a must-read for anyone eager to use their time, money, or expertise to change the world.”

John Hennessey, President, Stanford University

“A highly engaging book, written by a national leader in philanthropy, Giving 2.0 is a must-have resource for present and future donors at any level. The author, inspired by her own parents’s example, beautifully captures the most important principles for giving with your hands (volunteering your time), your heart (developing your passions), and your head (giving with impact). Her compelling personal stories, as well as inspiring examples of effective donors of all ages and incomes, provide practical and inspirational insights, ideas, and innovations that underlie the art of giving well.”

Mark Benioff, Chairman & CEO,, and author, Behind the Cloud

“Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen shows us the power of new thinking around philanthropy and inspires readers to make a difference. GIVING 2.0 is an important book: One that will empower a new generation of philanthropists—and make the world a better place.”

Sally Osberg, CEO, Skoll Foundation

“At last! This terrific book cuts through the jargon to demystify philanthropy, proving what’s possible when givers put their hearts and minds to issues that really matter. Arrillaga-Andressen’s profiles in great giving are beautifully rendered, her insights fresh and compelling and her practical how-to’s pitch perfect. Giving 2.0 should become the indispensable guide for everyone who’s ready to make the most of what they have to give!”

Paul Brest, President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, co-author, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy 

“Through vignettes of individual and family philanthropists, Laura Arrillaga, a great philanthropist and leader in her own right, captures both the passion and tough analysis and decision making necessary to turn that passion into results. In a highly engaging style, she covers the value of having clear goals for one’s own philanthropy, the importance of supporting an organization’s real needs even for quotidian back-office functions, and how to undertake appropriate due diligence and evaluation. Giving 2.0 offers a bounty of valuable information for donors of all levels.”

Carol Larson, CEO, Packard Foundation

“Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen has made a great contribution to the philanthropy of this country, combining personal experience and passion with professional insight to create a deeply valuable resource that will help families throughout their philanthropic journeys.  Giving 2.0 is a book that provides rich stories, inspiration and information relevant to all in America as they continue to give generously of both time and money.”

Mark Kramer and Leslie Crutchfield

“Giving 2.0 opens the door to a new era of philanthropy in which everyone, at every giving level, can combine new and innovative approaches with the power of the Internet to achieve positive social impact and personal joy, whether by helping their neighbors next door or across the world. It offers a rare perspective from one of philanthropy’s most thoughtful leaders that makes it essential reading for anyone who wants to make giving a meaningful part of his or her life.”

Jennifer Aaker, coauthor, The Dragonfly Effect, and professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

“Research shows that happiness comes from spending time connecting with others, not just having or spending money. GIVING 2.0 shows how connected the world is, and how to determine the role you’d like to play in changing the world.  Whether donating time, money, skill, or voice, GIVING 2.0 can show you how to gain greater happiness and fulfillment from your efforts.”