NOW YOU CAN. . . thanks to Positive Tracks Curriculum Partner, Learning by Giving Foundation.  They provide the Positive Tracks network (that’s youth, charity partners, athletic events and donors) with a forum to come together for a hands-on “learning by giving experience” where you’ll learn a whole lot about effective giving and community impact through the grant-giving process!

HOW DOES IT WORK?  Join the Positive Tracks Giving With Purpose Team to complete the free, six-week online philanthropy course.  Classes are roughly an hour long, occur once a week, and can be viewed at your own time and convenience.  Time commitment adds up to an estimated two hours a week, depending on the student.   At the end, we give away grants up to $20,000.

WHAT’S THE SCOOP WITH THE MOOC?  Founded by Doris Buffett, and steered by her grandson, Alex Rozek, Learning By Giving Foundation advances Next Gen charitable giving practices through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Giving With Purpose.  Positive Tracks is fired up for the opportunity to participate as a Team in Giving With Purpose this spring!

PLAYING AS A TEAM:  A Giving With Purpose Team is a company, club, class, organization with similar passions who complete the course together.  Teams consist of a minimum of 25 users and a maximum of 200 users.  Giving With Purpose Teams from last year’s Giving With Purpose Course included Google, Climb for Conservation and the Red Sox Foundation.  Collectively, they awarded over $30,000 to five different organizations!  The Positive Tracks Giving With Purpose Team will generate its own list of nonprofit nominations to be awarded Positive Tracks Giving With Purpose Grants totaling $20,000.  (That’s $10,000 from Positive Tracks and $10,000 from Learning By Giving Foundation, provided that at least 50% of our team graduates from the course.)  Read more about Giving With Purpose Teams, here.

SOUNDS GREAT! WHO’S IN?  If you’re reading this now, and you’re at least 13, you’re invited to join the Positive Tracks Giving With Purpose Team.  (You may also participate as an individual if you’d rather not be a part of the Positive Tracks charity nomination/granting process.)  Entrance onto the Positive Tracks Giving With Purpose Team is limited and occurs on a first-come first-served basis.

TEAM REGISTRATION:  The spring 2014 Giving With Purpose MOOC has wrapped up with great success. Read about it and sign up to receive new intel on the next Giving With Purpose MOOC and Positive Tracks Team opportunities, here.

HOW DO I NOMINATE A CHARITY:  First see Positive Tracks Giving With Purpose Team Nomination Guidelines for details, and then click here for specific instructions including who, how, when.

I HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF QUESTIONS:  Learning By Giving Foundation has a whole lot of answers!  Check out their website and FAQS, and if you’re still confused, contact us.

ABOUT GIVING WITH PURPOSE COURSE:  Giving With Purpose is a massive open online course (MOOC) offered by the Learning By Giving Foundation with support from Northeastern University.  In 2013, over 10,000 people participated in the first Giving With Purpose course, and distributed $130,000 to 40 U.S. nonprofit organizations.  The goal of the non-credit course is to prepare students of all ages to become more purposeful givers and engage more effectively with nonprofit organizations in their communities.  Students learn how to identify high-performing nonprofit organizations and fulfill their personal goals for giving.

Six compact classes are comprised of lectures, interactive exercises, group discussions, and interviews with prominent philanthropists Warren Buffett, Doris Buffett, Cal Ripken, Jr., Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield (of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream), Soledad O’Brien, Tom Werner, and. . . Positive Tracks’ spokesperson, Patrick Dempsey!

Students will also be invited to nominate nonprofit organizations in their communities to receive real-dollar grants.  Learning By Giving Grants are distributed to the organizations ranked highest by students using a peer-review selection process based on course concepts.

To receive a certificate of completion, students must complete 1-2 brief exercises per class, participate in discussion sessions, and complete weekly assessments of their peers’ grant nominations.  All students are welcome, but not required, to submit grant nominations.  Read more about course information and Giving With Purpose partnership opportunities, here.