Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF.org), a private operating foundation with a mission to educate, empower and engage people to actualize their philanthropic potential. Operating as a philanthropic innovation lab, LAAF creates and disseminates philanthropic resources and programs that advance the educational, individual and institutional fields of philanthropy and increase philanthropic impact. Launching Fall 2013, LAAF aims to use technology innovations to globally scale philanthropy education. Founding initiatives include: ProjectU, a portfolio of open-source educational resources providing all a professor needs to teach philanthropy courses; Giving 2.0 Chapter Network, a national network of college clubs dedicated to learning about and practicing strategic philanthropy; and – coming in Summer 2014 – a philanthropy MOOC (massive open online course) teaching givers globally how to invest time, money and expertise more effectively.
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 created and has taught Stanford Graduate School of Business’ (Stanford GSB) first course on Strategic Philanthropy since 2000 and has developed Stanford University’s first courses on philanthropy focusing on social innovation, design thinking, collaborative grantmaking and technology.
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 partners’ financial, intellectual and human capital to make a measurable impact in the Silicon Valley community. SV2 has built a portfolio of 41 grantees, 400 investors, and it won the 2008 Silicon Valley Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropic Organization of the Year.
Her New York Times bestselling book, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2011), empowers individuals of all backgrounds, ages and passions to make their giving matter more. Laura is also a contributing author to Worth Magazine, the Huffington Post, SSIR and the book, Local Mission, Global Vision. Laura has been profiled in Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair and Barrons.
Laura is the President of the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation. She is a director of the Arrillaga Foundation and a board member of Sand Hill Foundation. She is a former trustee of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Hoover Institution, Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Castilleja School, Menlo School, Eastside Preparatory School and San Francisco Art Institute.
Laura holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MA in Education from Stanford School of Education and a BA and MA in Art History from Stanford University. Among numerous other philanthropy awards, Laura is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Points of Light Foundation.
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SV2 has deeply influenced all of my philanthropy. Its experiential education in grantmaking has been instrumental in how I shape many of my own grants, and I learn something new from the SV2 'mind trust' at every meeting.
SV2 Founder and Chairman Emeritus