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SV2 Founder & Chairman Emeritus Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Authors Giving 2.0

Arrillaga-Andreessen advocates for the proactive, strategic, and collaborative brand of philanthropy she established at SV2

LOS ALTOS, CA, October 25, 2011– How can we transform our random, occasional acts of giving into consistent generosity that leverages our resources of time and talent? How can we bring deeper meaning to our lives and create enduring impact for the issues we care most about? How can we move from “giving 1.0” to “giving 2.0”?

Written for all readers of all income levels, ages, and backgrounds, GIVING 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (October 25, 2011; Jossey Bass) is a guide to living a life of generosity that is socially impactful, emotionally rewarding, and rich with learning. Arrillaga-Andreessen, who is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of SV2, shares her own experiences as a prominent young philanthropist, academic, and social innovator, and also tells the inspiring stories of how ordinary, generous donors of all backgrounds found their passions, made their giving decisions, measured their impact, cultivated a strong emotional connection to their philanthropy, and tapped into the amazing reach of the Web and social media to collaborate with others who share their interests. And most importantly, by engaging in their giving in more proactive, strategic, and collaborative ways, they were each able to have mega impact without mega dollars.

Both intensely practical and personal, GIVING 2.0 shows how even seemingly small individual contributions can go further if we bring not only our hearts but also our minds to philanthropy. It’s an indispensable tool for anyone aspiring to create significant social change, transmit giving values to their children, and find long-lasting meaning from generosity. For more on the book, visit:

“Laura founded SV2 on the principles of proactive, strategic, and collaborative giving,” said SV2 Executive Director Lindsay Austin Louie. “We are thrilled that her ground-breaking new book GIVING 2.0 will share these powerful insights and tools with philanthropists throughout the world.”

About SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund)
SV2 is a high-impact giving circle. Our donors (“Partners”) pool their skills, energy, ideas, and money ($5-25K annually) to make a bigger, more meaningful difference than any one person could make alone. Our 100 Partners together decide which cutting‐edge nonprofits will receive SV2’s 3-year grants ($100-150K each) in the areas of Education, Environment, and International Development. Embracing the “venture philanthropy” model, Partners select Grantees that have proven models and are at crucial inflection points in their organizational development, and Partners offer professional advising to help each Grantee build capacity and scale up, not just pay for current programs. Founded by Laura Arrillaga‐Andreessen in 1998, SV2’s mission stretches beyond helping Grantees - SV2 Partners become more strategic lifelong philanthropists as they select and advise Grantees, attend SV2 educational events, and learn from one another.

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