Giving 2.0 has made the Best Seller lists!



With so many ways to give, selecting the strategy and organizations that best match your own philanthropic goals can be a daunting task. Based on Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s wide-ranging experience as a philanthropist, educator, and social innovator, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World shows everyone how to navigate the ocean of possibilities, empowering you to move from reactive to proactive, from sympathetic to strategic and from isolated to collaborative. No matter what, when and why you give, Giving 2.0 is the ultimate resource to guide your giving journey. Giving 2.0 gives you hundreds of practical tools and ideas to help you transform the way you give.

  • 280 key questions to help make your giving have greater impact

  • 270 proven ways to make your giving more meaningful—with your funds, time, skills, networks or family

  • 180 specific considerations help make your philanthropy matter more (both to you and those you aspire to serve)

  • 55 fun opportunities to share the joy of giving with your children

  • 50 exciting ideas to bring innovation into your giving


The Giving 2.0 Discussion Guide provides educators, club leaders and giving circle members everything they need to easily create lesson plans and learning agendas to deeply engage Giving 2.0 readers in book content and more.



Throughout the printed book are references to related ideas, resources and links to help propel your giving to the next level. The links are in order of chapter and page number, so you may take your giving journey beyond the printed page.


The online course of Giving 2.0 is now open for enrollment on Coursera. Take the class to learn more about Giving 2.0.


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: Maasai 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."


MarC 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."


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’ 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."


Many more resources about everyday giving are all included in Giving 2.0. Get inspired today! 100% of author royalties will be donated to high-impact, innovative nonprofits.