Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen



Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (, a private operating foundation with a mission to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more. Operating as a philanthropic innovation lab, LAAF uses technology innovations to globally scale philanthropy education–creating and disseminating resources and scaling programs that advance the educational, individual and institutional fields of philanthropy to increase impact. Founding initiatives include: Giving 2.0: The MOOC (massive open online course) that is teaching over 25,000 givers around the world how to strategically invest time, money and expertise; ProjectU, a portfolio of open-source educational resources providing all that an educator needs to teach philanthropy courses; Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World, a New York Times bestselling book that empowers all givers to give their time, money, networks and expertise—in any amount—in a way that matters more.

Laura created and has taught Stanford Graduate School of Business’ (Stanford GSB) first course on Strategic Philanthropy since 2000 and has developed and teaches Stanford University’s first courses on strategic philanthropy; philanthropic entrepreneurship; design thinking to create social impact; grantmaking; as well as technology’s disruption of the social sector. 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 award-winning 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 people of all backgrounds, ages and passions to make their giving matter more. Laura has written for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Worth Magazine, the Huffington Post, SSIR and Measuring The Networked Nonprofit. Laura has been profiled in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Forbes and Vogue. She has been featured on Charlie Rose, CNN with Erin Burnett, MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan and CNBC Power Lunch. 

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). She is a former trustee of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Hoover Institution, Castilleja School, Menlo School, Eastside Preparatory School and San Francisco Art Institute. 

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. In total, Laura holds five degrees from Stanford including Bing Nursery School where she graduated with honors by consuming vast quantities of Play-Doh under the crafts table. 

In addition to numerous California philanthropy awards, Laura was a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute; was awarded the 2005 President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Points of Light Foundation; was honored with the World Affairs Council’s Global Philanthropy Forum 2011 Global Citizen Award, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Club Distinguished Citizen Award. 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.

Academic Degrees

  • MA in Art History, Stanford University, 1999
  • MA in Education, Stanford University, 1998
  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1997
  • BA in Art History, Stanford University, 1992

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2001
  • Lecturer in Public Policy, Stanford University, 2003-present
  • Lecturer in Education, Stanford School of Education, 2003-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Haas Center for Public Service, 2005-2008
  • Public Affairs Fellow, Hoover Institution, 1996-1997

Professional Experience

  • Founder and Board Chairman, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, 2006-present
  • Founder, Chairman Emeritus and Former Chairman, SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund), 1998-present
  • Co-founder and President, Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation, 2011-present
  • Director and Treasurer, Arrillaga Foundation, 1995-present
  • Director, Sand Hill Foundation, 2006-present
  • Various executive positions, Mercury Interactive Corporation, 1992-1994

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguised Citizen Award, Commonwealth Club, 2014
  • Global Citizen Award, World Affairs Council, 2011
  • Outstanding Silicon Valley Philanthropist, Children and Family Services, 2009
  • President's Award for Volunteer Service, Points of Light Foundation, 2005
  • Henry Crown Fellow, Aspen Institute, 2005
  • Silicon Valley Philanthropist of the Year, 2000


Journal Articles

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen. Stanford Social Innovation Review. 2012, Vol. 10, Issue 1.


Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Jossey-Bass, 2011.


Degree Courses


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Stanford Case Studies

The Rockefeller Foundation: Innovation in Social Finance | SI142
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray2017
The Thiel Foundation: Contrarian Philanthropy | SI143
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen2017
Guidestar: Data as a Tool for Nonprofit Transformation | SI130
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray2016
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation: Technology Enables Social Impact | SI127
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray2016
Good Ventures: The Power of Informed Decisions | SI124
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray2015
Palantir Philanthropy Engineering: Software to Improve Lives | SI125
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray2015
Gap Inc. Corporation Philanthropy and the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. Program | SI123
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray2014 How Technology Facilitated a New Funding Model | SI128
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray2014
Brett Family Foundation | SI113
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen2013
John and Marcia Goldman Foundation | SI112
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2013
SV2-Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund | SI80
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2013
John and Marcia Goldman Foundation | SI112
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2013
Bert and Mary Meyer Foundation and the Southern Partners Fund | SI118
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2010
Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation and The Meth Project | SI114
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2009
Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation and The Meth Project | SI114
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2009
Altman Foundation | SI84
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
Blended Value | SI76
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
Global Fund for Women | SI62
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | SI75
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
Robin Hood | SI86
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
Sand Hill Foundation | SI56
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
Skoll Foundation | SI67
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
The Broad Education Foundation | SI70
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
The September 11th Fund | SI61
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Dave Hoyt2007
Transatlantic Community Foundation Network | SI78
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
Altman Foundation (2007) | SI84
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2007
2006 Program-Related Investments Conference Summary | SI85
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Joshua Spitzer2006
Cisco Corporate Philanthropy | SI58
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, David Hoyt2006
Community Foundation Silicon Valley | SI60
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, David Hoyt2006
The Annie E. Casey Foundation | SI74
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2006
The McKay Foundation | SI68
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, David Hoyt2006
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation | SI63
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2006
2004 Venture Philanthropy Summit Overview | SI73
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, David Hoyt2005
An Introduction to Social Return on Investment | SI65
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, David Hoyt2003
Corporate Philanthropy | SI64
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, David Hoyt2003
Philanthropy in America, An Historical and Strategic Overview | SI66
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, David Hoyt2003
Interplast | SI57
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang2002

Stanford University Affiliations

Service to the Profession

Board of Directors

  • Current, Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation
  • Current, Arrillaga Foundation
  • Current, Sand Hill Foundation
  • Former, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Former, Hoover Institution

Advisory Board

  • Current, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Former, Stanford University School of Education


  • Former, Castilleja School
  • Former, Eastside College Preparatory School
  • Former, Menlo School
  • Former, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Former, Children's Health Council

Insights by Stanford Business

March 7, 2017
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen says giving is about more than just writing checks.
November 30, 2011
Don't just feel good about philanthropic gifts, says Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen in her book Giving 2.0. Put your mind to work as well as your heart.