Free Online Education

Published May 27, 2020
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We have gathered resources internally and from members of the community to help provide guidance on what you can do to look out for yourself amidst this coronavirus pandemic. The full list is here. (Updated regularly)

This article is 4 of 4 in which we address needs that have arisen as a result of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic may be restricting us from going outdoors, but the internet can be a great source of education and entertainment. Many are using this time to learn new things; whether to gain new skills to further their careers, or to dive into hobbies they normally put aside. All of the sites listed below offer free courses, but in some cases there are options for payment in order to receive a certification.

1Philanthropy University

Great for NGO, Nonprofit, or CBO workers, Philanthropy University breaks the mold of e-learning platforms by offering the first-of-its-kind online learning ecosystem for social impact organisations. They bring free courses, communities and funding all together in one place with the goal to facilitate learning moments that build critical competencies and long-lasting working relationships. 

Philanthropy U offers courses in everything related to your NGO and CBO work and careers, from developing an operating budget and fundraising, to program management and monitoring and evaluation, to capacity building and advocacy. In light of the COVID-pandemic and its effect on the work NGOs are doing, there are many new courses being offered to support organisations during this changing climate.

Peruse the course catalog and sign up for a class here:


edX ( is a trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX offers 2500+ courses from over 140 of the top ranked universities in the world. Covering everything from languages to business management, there is something for everyone. 

One course you may be interested in, is the Human Rights Defenders class, a free online human rights course offered by Amnesty International. 

Sign up for the class or see what else they offer at edX here:

3Future Learn

Future Learn offers a diverse selection of free courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

The University of Leeds offers a course titled “How to Create Great Content Online”, teaching learners how to create engaging content that meets their goals. The course is also supported by industry professional who teach students, amongst other things, how to approach content creation for different platforms.

Learn more about the course here:


Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. 

They offer many courses which may be useful to your nonprofit careers including “Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Leadership and Governance”.

See these courses, as well as hundreds more, at Coursera: