Frequently Asked Questions

Does LAAF.org make grants?

LAAF.org is an operating (non-grantmaking) foundation. Because LAAF.org does not make grants, we do not accept requests for proposals.

How do I stay up-to-date on LAAF.org’s new programs and offerings?

"To learn more about our Giving 2.0, inclusive leadership and women in leadership work, please provide your email address under “Stay Connected” here.

In addition, follow LAAF.org on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

How do I join the LAAF.org team?

Visit our Jobs page to learn more about open roles at LAAF.org.

What courses does Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen currently teach at Stanford GSB?

As of Fall 2019, Laura teaches two courses at Stanford University.

Offered in the Fall, “Philanthropy: Landscape, Purpose and Practicum” (GSBGEN381/EDUC377C) exposes students to new, diverse perspectives of the current philanthropic landscape, trends and models, and the critical issues therein; tasks students with defining/refining their philanthropic purpose and creating a philanthropic theory of change for translating their asset portfolio into measurable social value; and creates the unique opportunity for students to apply course learnings and skills in a $20,000 grantmaking process. This course is open to all Stanford graduate and undergraduate students (limited seating). Please direct all auditing and enrollment questions to Marly Carlisle.

Offered in Spring, “Power of You: Women in Leadership” (GSBGEN370) prepares students to successfully identify and respond to the unique challenges that women experience in the workplace, and, ideally, transform them into opportunities for growth and advancement—particularly, using your platform to benefit individuals who traditionally have lacked equal access to paths into formal leadership positions. Due to demand and limited seating, this course is not available to audit.

Where can I find resources to support my learning as an individual giver?

Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World captures our founder’s decades of experience as a philanthropist, educator, and social innovator to empower you to transform your giving from reactive to proactive, from sympathetic to strategic and from isolated to collaborative.

Giving 2.0 The MOOC is our free course offered through Coursera that will empower you with the knowledge and skills to practice philanthropy more effectively and make your giving more meaningful to both you and those you strive to help. This course will teach you how to assess nonprofits, create a high-impact philanthropic strategy, volunteer more effectively, use existing, free technology for good and more. Since 2014, this course has empowered over 75,000 learners globally.

Giving 2.0 Education houses all of the publicly accessible philanthropy and social innovation resources the organization has created since Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty in 2000—including case studies, teaching notes, syllabi, learning notes and expert insight videos.

To prepare you to make the greatest impact with your giving on #GivingTuesday, please consult our learning resources, guides and videos—designed for philanthropists of all backgrounds.

Click here to learn more about giving blogs, reports, nonprofit rating systems and organizations with additional giving resources.


What is LAAF.org doing in the women’s leadership space?

Women in Leadership is LAAF.org’s body of work designed to support women to successfully identify and respond to the unique challenges that women experience in the workplace—and, ideally, transform them into opportunities for growth and advancement. Learn more about this body of work here.


How does LAAF.org approach leadership?

LAAF.org embraces legacy leadership, an inclusive leadership model created by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen that entails using your platform—at all stages of your life and career—to amplify the leadership potential of and create opportunities for individuals who traditionally have lacked equal access to paths into formal leadership positions, particularly women and people from other underrepresented groups. Learn more about legacy leadership here.

What is the Legacy Leaders Speaker Series?

The Legacy Leaders Speaker Series consists of keynotes, classroom lectures, brown bag sessions, seminar roundtables, fireside chats, dinners and networking events—each highlighting diverse leadership perspectives related to advancing opportunity and belonging.

This series creates a formal space to elevate the leadership of women and leaders with unique perspectives by bringing together diverse groups to learn from and engage directly with globally renowned CEOs, entrepreneurs, leaders and philanthropists who actualize values of intentional inclusivity and empowerment. Learn more about the Legacy Leaders Speaker Series here.

Does LAAF.org operate Giving Circles Fund/How do I join a giving circle?

Giving Circles Fund (GCF) is no longer active. If you are interested in starting a giving circle or joining a pre-existing circle, please visit Growfund, where some GCF circles have since transitioned.


I am a former student and would like Laura’s recommendation. How may I connect with Laura?

Please direct all recommendation and student meeting requests to connect@laaf.org.