Our goal is to ignite students' interest and participation in philanthropy.


Come hang out with us at the Ambassadors Conference!

June 22-25, 2023 in Dallas, Texas


Tony Shu, Former Philanthropy Lab Ambassador, Named to Forbes 30 Under 30


Diary of a Budding Philanthropist

Emory Ambassador, Ian Wang, reflects on last year's Ambassadors Conference




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Grant Map

Click below to view all grants awarded by students in Philanthropy Lab courses since 2010.

Giving Goals

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have called for the most affluent people in the world to demonstrate philanthropic leadership by committing to give away a large amount of their wealth to charitable causes. Many of these high net worth individuals and couples make their pledges public in order to inspire others’ personal giving commitments. As college students who have not yet embarked upon a career, now is the time to thoughtfully consider your own philanthropic ideals in a Giving Goal.

Grant Evaluations

Through the evaluation of past grants, we hope students further challenge their assumptions about giving, thoughtfully reflect on their grant-making decisions and initial goals for providing the grants, and contribute to future students’ learning.

What People Are Saying

I learned that engaging in philanthropy is not exclusive to the wealthy or powerful. Impacting a community, whether local or international, begins with the individual drive to partake in collective change.

Ximena De La CruzUniversity of Texas

I learned that it's better to fund those proximate to the issues and let them take the reigns.

Spencer WangEmory University

This challenging class presented a multi-layered thought experiment. Not only did I think about the consequences of giving money to the different causes but also about a life dedicated to philanthropic activity.”

Sonal GoyalStanford University

I’ve learned the importance of giving strategically—understanding the needs and constraints first and also supporting leaders who are able to connect the brain to the heart.

Rosie ZhangHarvard

This course made me realize that although philanthropy is an inherently personal experience, great results can be achieved through collaboration and collective action.

Meredith GreeneNorthwestern University