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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF.org), a private operating foundation with a mission to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more. At its core, LAAF is a philanthropy education organization – creating and providing free, high-quality, online resources and programs to help all givers, no matter where they are, make higher impact gifts with whatever they have to give.

Laura created and has taught Stanford Graduate School of Business’ (Stanford GSB) first course on Strategic Philanthropy since 2000 and has developed and teaches a portfolio of courses on philanthropy and social innovation at Stanford University. Laura is the Founder and Board Chairman of Stanford PACS (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society), a global research center committed to exploring ideas to create social change and publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

Laura is the Founder, Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman (1998-2008) of SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund), a venture philanthropy fund that leverages its investors’ financial, intellectual and human capital to fund and scale innovative, early-stage nonprofits. SV2 has a portfolio of 41 grantees, 500+ investors, and won the 2008 Silicon Valley Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropic Organization of the Year.

Her New York Times bestselling and award-winning book, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World (Wiley, 2011), empowers individuals of all backgrounds, ages and passions to make their giving matter more.

Laura is Co-founder and President of the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation. She is director of the Arrillaga Foundation and a board member of Sand Hill Foundation and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).

Laura holds an MBA from the Stanford GSB, as well as an MA in Education, BA and MA in Art History all from Stanford University. Laura lives with her husband, technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, near Stanford University, and together they enjoy reading, art, writing, movies, athletics, sleeping, not sleeping and laughing as much as possible.

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Give Away $100k!

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 11:40 AM

How would you like to help give away $100,000? It's not often that an opportunity like this comes your way. But thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the Learning By Giving Foundation, any student taking Giving 2.0: The MOOC, a free six-week MOOC (massive open online course), that...

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The Limitless Potential of Giving

(33) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 12:34 AM

In 1955, a young man with an irrepressible will and a voracious appetite for learning embarked on a degree at Stanford University. One of five children born and raised in Inglewood, California, he's now among Silicon Valley's most active real estate developers and one of America's most generous philanthropists. His...

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Philanthropy and the Wild West

(4) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 3:56 PM

As technology changes the way we communicate, connect, create, consume and innovate, it is democratizing access to opportunity. Education is no exception. New models of learning are emerging and MOOCs (massive open online courses) are reshaping the pedagogical landscape. In short, we're watching education's transformation -- and philanthropy must be...

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Giving Your Way to Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Sex and giving -- what do these two things have in common? They both feel fantastic! In fact, giving stimulates the same part of the brain that is charged up when we have sex. No wonder it's addictive. Like giving, making love reflects our passion, but it often happens in...

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Worship Through Giving, Part 2

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 12:20 PM

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Following is Part 2 of a special Giving 2.0 blog series on Expressing the Divine, highlighting the intersection of religion and giving. My hope is that the ideas, resources, knowledge, and tools presented here and on my website (www.giving2.com) will inspire,...

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Tenets Into Transformation, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 12:49 AM

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Following is Part 1 of a special Giving 2.0 blog series on Expressing the Divine, highlighting the intersection of religion and giving. My hope is that the ideas, resources, knowledge, and tools presented here and on my website (www.giving2.com) will inspire,...

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Ten Ways to Give With Your Family, Part 4

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 12:32 PM

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Following is Part 4 of a special Giving 2.0 blog series on raising giving children. My hope is that the ideas, resources, knowledge and tools presented here and on my website (www.giving2.com) will inspire and educate your family's philanthropic journey. These...

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Philanthroteens: Transforming Teens Into Givers, Part 3

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 7:27 AM

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Following is Part 3 of a special Giving 2.0 blog series on raising giving children. My hope is that the ideas, resources, knowledge and tools presented here and on my website (www.giving2.com) will inspire and educate your family's philanthropic journey. These...

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Generation Give, Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 10:24 AM

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Following is Part 2 of a special Giving 2.0 blog series on raising giving children (read Part 1 here). My hope is that the ideas, resources, knowledge and tools presented here and on my website (www.giving2.com) will inspire and...

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The Apple Falls Not Far From the Giving Tree (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 1:29 AM

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Following is Part 1 of a special Giving 2.0 blog series on raising giving children. My hope is that the ideas, resources, knowledge and tools presented here and on my website (www.giving2.com) will inspire and educate your family's philanthropic journey. These...

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The Giving Legacy

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 5:04 PM

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Following is part of a blog series to help you make your giving--in any form or amount--more meaningful to you and more effective in addressing the problems you want to solve. My hope is that the ideas, resources, knowledge, and tools presented here...

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Do You Give in the Dark? Some Scary Philanthropic Realities

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 4:14 PM

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Following is part of a blog series to help you make your giving--in any form or amount--more meaningful to you and more effective in addressing the problems you want to solve. My hope is that the ideas, resources, knowledge, and tools presented here...

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How Innovation Can Fuel Your Giving

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 10:08 AM

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Following is part of a blog series to help you make your giving--in any form or amount--more meaningful to you and more effective in addressing the problems you want to solve. My hope is that the ideas,...

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Don't Give More -- Give in a Way that Matters More

(7) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 12:18 PM

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Following is part of a blog series to help you make your giving--in any form or amount--more meaningful to you and more effective in addressing the problems you want to solve. My hope is that the ideas, resources, knowledge, and tools presented here...

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