The Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF) is on a mission to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more.   


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WHY LAAF?

 

I created the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF) to serve as a catalyst to help make your giving (of all forms and sizes) matter more – both to you and to the people and organizations you strive to help. I believe that what matters in giving is not why, what or how much you give, but HOW you give. For the last 21 years, I have dedicated my life and career to studying, teaching and practicing strategic philanthropy, as well as encouraging others to discover the incomparable joy of giving. Through LAAF, I hope to share with you all I have learned and provide you with resources and support to amplify the power of your own giving and actualize the potential that lives within us all to become an extraordinary philanthropist.   

 

THE NEED

U.S. philanthropy is a significant industry, driven by individuals giving their money and time, however we all can do more to actualize our philanthropic potential. 

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U.S. philanthropy is a growing industry – $373 billion in the U.S. in 2015 alone, of which 80% was from individuals. Studies show that 90% of Americans give money to charities each year, on average $2,500 per household

Nearly 25% of the American population – over 62 million people – volunteered in 2015 and these volunteer efforts totaled nearly 8 billion hours (and are estimated to be valued at more than $184 billion).  

Yet, studies show that 62% of philanthropic gifts have no research behind them. This is massive untapped potential that is limiting the social impact we can create through our philanthropy. 

84% of Millennials say that helping to make a positive difference in the world is more important than professional recognition. 


OUR OBJECTIVE

LAAF operates as a philanthropic innovation lab using technology to globally scale open-source education innovations to help individuals change HOW they give. We create philanthropic resources and programs to advance the educational, individual and institutional fields of philanthropy and amplify their measurable social impact.


OUR APPROACH

Our founder, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, believes that everyone, regardless of age, background or experience, can be a strategic philanthropist by learning how to make the most of whatever it is they have to give. LAAF produces a unique portfolio of resources to meet givers' varying needs including all forms and sizes of gifts. LAAF resources equip diverse givers to increase their social impact by taking a more strategic, proactive and collaborative approach. 

 

PROBLEM

Americans are generous givers but we are not giving to our fullest potential. Too many gifts are made without research to support them, resulting in untapped potential in how we give.  

OPPORTUNITY

Regardless of why or what they give, philanthropists need new tools to help them learn how to make their giving matter more. Technology is democratizing not only philanthropy itself, but also access to knowledge and participation in creating measurable, social impact. 

STRATEGY

By providing free, online access to diverse high-quality resources and programs, all givers can easily learn to make more strategic giving choices.

SOLUTION

LAAF is uniquely prepared and dedicated to providing free philanthropy resources to all types of givers through a variety of channels, with a future focus of using technology innovations to increase educational access and quality.