Philanthropy University

Case Study

Philanthropy University

Empowered 5,000 nonprofits to impact 100 million lives.


Aiming to impact the lives of 100 million people across the world, Philanthropy University emerged as the first-of-its-kind online upskilling ecosystem in 2016. It is the world’s largest trainer of social impact organizations. With a free online learning platform to democratize education for social impact, the University has the vision to become a catalyst for long-term systemic change by introducing measurable efficiency to the frontlines.

The Challenge

“The solution is meant to measurably improve 5,000 local nonprofits by 2020,” Connor Diemand-Yauman, CEO Philanthropy University shared while explaining the scope of the challenge.

With over 75,000 academics, development professionals and local experts from 180 countries enrolling for courses at any given time, it was a real challenge to implement a scalable, technology-driven capacity-building solution which enabled the stakeholders for open collaboration without the constraints of geographical boundaries.

"We hired Edly for an incredibly ambitious, far-reaching project. We wanted to build a proprietary learning & community platform to train hundreds of thousands of nonprofit leaders around the world."

Connor Diemand-Yauman

CEO, Philanthropy University

"Their engineering product is top-notch, as is their client relations and account management. From the beginning, they felt like members of our own team—true partners rather than vendors. They have been an invaluable partner in our efforts to build a proprietary learning platform."

Connor Diemand-Yauman

CEO, Philanthropy University

The Solution

After evaluating the scope of the project and the level of expertise it required, Philanthropy University took Edly on board to build a proprietary learning and community platform for the frontline practitioners.

With 6 years of experience of creating Open edX communities, Edly set out to create a top-notch user experience between NodeBB and Open edX – integral to spark peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, for a user demographic that desperately lacked the resources and data infrastructure.


The project involved designing, creating, and executing a responsive learning experience for the instructors and learners alike. Edly was able to create another success story by crafting a robust technology platform which:

  • facilitated a seamlessly integrated knowledge-based community
  • offered high performance, end-end services
    furnished multi-lingual support
  • supplied responsive web & mobile apps leveraged for compromised data connectivity conditions
  • provided real-time, data-driven, actionable insights to architect a perfect adaptive learning experience.


Currently, Edly and Philanthropy University are in their fourth year of partnership with the former acting as the latter’s all-in-one technology partner. By blending expert instruction and engaging content on an easy-to-use digital learning platform, across different geographies and sectors, Philanthropy University is harnessing technology to spark change across the globe and Edly is a proud enabler of this transformation.

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