Columnist Paul Sullivan at The New York Times writes about the launch of Philanthropy University, a nonprofit initiative funded by Saudi businessman Amr Al-Dabbagh to offer education and training to nonprofit executives through "massive open online courses," or MOOCs.
Offered through the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, the free courses are taught by foundation and charity leaders. Some 200,000 students from 138 countries signed up for classes in the first month after the Philanthropy University website went live.
Mr. Dabbagh, the head of a family-owned Saudi conglomerate, donated several million dollars to start the program. "There’s a desperate need for such an offering," he said. "We're offering a world-class curriculum with world-class practitioners and professors, and we're offering it as a free collaborative platform with a vibrant community."
Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article about Philanthropy University.