Event Archive

Scaling Impact event

Monday, April 21, 2014
Paul Brest Hall, Stanford Law School

Market-based solutions have the potential to provide goods, services and jobs for the global poor at scale. 

Learn more »

Jeff Raikes: Wealth, Philanthropy, Inequality

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Cubberley Auditorium 485 Lasuen Mall

Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, will be in conversation with Ethics in Society Program Director Rob Reich. Program begins at 7:00pm.

Learn more »

China Scholar Workshop in Philanthropy and Civil Society

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Stanford Center at Peking University

Panelists to include:

Paul Brest

Kim Meredith

Xueguang Zhou 

Please check back soon for more details - this event by invitation only.

21st Century Perspectives on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Monday, March 17, 2014
PKU-Stanford Center

21st Century Perspectives on
Philanthropy and Civil Society 

Monday, March 17, 2014
The Stanford Center at Peking University
The Lee Jung Sen Building
Langrun Yuan

Fay S. Tom Memorial Lecture Hall, Mezzanine Level
No.5 Yiheyuan Road
Haidian District
Beijing, P.R. China 100871 (click here for map)

11:30 am-12:30 pm: Arrival& lunch buffet
12:45 pm-5:30 pm: Workshop, discussion, Q&A
5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Reception hosted by Stanford PACS

You are invited to join an audience of Chinese and U.S. scholars, leaders, and practitioners for a workshop hosted by Stanford PACS at the Stanford Center at Peking University. This half-day workshop builds on knowledge creation and knowledge sharing from Stanford PACS in China. Attendees and speakers will spend the day hearing from leading-edge scholars and practitioners about key trends and issues in the field of philanthropy, and also have the opportunity to interact informally throughout the day. The agenda will conclude with a one-hour reception.


Assemble in Lecture Hall

Welcome and Opening:
Kim Meredith, Stanford PACS Executive Director

Strategic Philanthropy:
A Decade of Outcome Oriented Philanthropy
Professor Paul Brest, Stanford PACS Faculty Co-Director and Dean Emeritus, Stanford Law School; 
Dr. Maria Rendon, Senior Development Counselor and USAID Representative, American Embassy
Discussant: Professor Linxiu Zhang, China Science Academy and REAP China Faculty Director

Tea/Coffee Break

The Emergence of Digital Civil Society and Big Data:
Promise and Peril

Dr. Lucy Bernholz, Stanford PACS Visiting Scholar; Pei Bin, Program Director, Gates Foundation; Liu Xiaogang (Alice Lau), Secretary General, Alashan SEE Foundation

Archiving Chinese Social Organizations:
Implications and Impact

Dr. Yan Long, Stanford PACS Post Doctoral Fellow; Cheng Gang, China Foundation Center; Assistant Professor Meng Zhao, Moscow School of Management Skolkovo – Beijing

Closing and Wrap-Up: Kim Meredith

Reception: All guests



Social Innovators for the Public Good

Monday, March 10, 2014
Tresidder Oak Lounge (2nd Floor Tresidder Memorial Union), Stanford Campus


Join us to hear the story of Social Innovators for the Public Good and meet visionary Ashoka Fellows who are devoted to advancing women’s rights and improving lives around the world.

RSVP for this event here...

What is Impact?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanties Center

Impact Investing is an emerging strategy that is both exciting and confusing for investors and advisors. Join the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Bay Area Impact Investing Initiative to take a deep dive into what is impact, how we can measure it, and how and where we can it add impact through investment portfolios.

RSVP for this event...


PPT Scholar Workshop 2

Friday, February 21, 2014
Stanford University

A group of scholars were invited to Stanford for three discrete workshops, one in early 2013, and the others in 2014. The workshops are directed toward the production of an edited volume on the topic of Philanthropy and Policy. All participants will contribute a chapter. These chapters will be intensively workshopped during the three formal workshop meetings, and the introduction will be the product of multiple group conversations and reviews of text drafted by the co-editors, Rob Reich and Lucy Bernholz.

Explore the project - click here

Download the reports (free online)





Ethics of Data Charrette

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tressidor Union

Planning meeting for the Ethics of Data Conference.

Next Gen Philanthropy

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Encina Hall, Stanford, CA

Next Gen Philanthropy: Cash Transfers to the Extreme Poor 

How can a new generation of philanthropic innovators help empower extremely poor people to improve their lives? Is it as simple as just giving them money? This panel discussion will highlight the results-driven approach taken by three entrepreneurial “Next Gen” leaders. Learn how they think about philanthropy, how they evaluate the impact they’re having, and how their technology-based approach is alleviating extreme poverty in Africa, one dollar at a time. 


Learn more »

Collective Impact in the Environment

Monday, November 4, 2013
Cantor Arts Center Auditorium, 328 Lomita Dr. at Museum Way

Doors 5:00 pm

Program 5:30-7:00 pm


The Morgan Family Foundation co-founded the Northern Sierra Partnership in 2007 to conserve the natural resources, including valuable water sources, in an area from south of Lake Tahoe to Mt. Lassen and down to about 3,000 feet altitude. It is one of the only partnerships in the United States that has successfully joined five successful nonprofits­—The Nature Conservancy, Truckee-Donner Land Trust, The Trust for PublicLands, Feather River Land Trust and Sierra Business Council­—into apartnership to develop strategies and working relationships to solve complex problems.

Using the success of the Northern Sierra Partnership as a case study, this panel discussion will highlight the power of philanthropy to encourage “collective impact”—i.e., broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations with different agendas. After five years, the Morgan Family Foundation and its partners have both incredible successes and lessons learned through the Northern Sierra Partnership that they can share with the broader public and nonprofit community.


Lucy Blake, President, Northern Sierra Partnership

David Edelson, Sierra Nevada Project Director, The Nature Conservancy

Jim Morgan, Chairman, Morgan Family Foundation

Curt Riffle, Program Officer, Conservation and Science, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Host: Kim Meredith, Executive Director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Moderator: Buzz Thompson, Perry L. McCarty Director and Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; and Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law