PACS at Peking University


Taking Philanthropic Exploration Global

On the Leading Edge of Philanthropy & Civil Society in China


March 18-20, 2013 - The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) celebrates the first anniversary of its presence in China wit a workshop series and celebratory events. "Leveraging Social Change: China’s Quest to Adopt Electric Vehicles" is a workshop focused around the topic of electric vehicles in China. The audience included representatives from the automobile industry, NGOs community, academia, and government. Using the example of electric vehicles, the conversation stimulated forward-looking conversations about the environmental challenges and opportunities of development. "Leveraging Social Change…" began with brief remarks from the Stanford PACS’ Executive Director, Kim Meredith. Then, Christopher Marquis, Associate Professor Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School, presented to the group on China’s efforts to adopt electric vehicles – a topic he explores in depth in the recent article "China's Quest to Adopt Electric Vehicles," which appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s 10th Anniversary Issue. Following his presentation, Dr. Marquis engaged in a discussion with Feng An, President and Executive Director, Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation; Zincong Xie, Vice Director, China High-tech Industrialization Association New Energy; Tao Zhao, BMW China Product Communications; and Guobao Ning, High Technology Research and Development Center, Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China. The discussion will be moderated by William Wang, Professor of Euromed Management, China Area Manager.

On March 20, "The Promise of Philanthropy in China…" welcomed an audience of Chinese and U.S. scholars, leaders, and practitioners for a day-long event, reception, and dinner hosted by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) at the Stanford Center at Peking University and at the Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel. Attendees and speakers spent the day gaining new knowledge from leading-edge scholars and practitioners about key trends and issues in the field of philanthropy, and also had the opportunity to interact informally throughout the day. Participants included:

Johanna Mair, Academic Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Christian Seelos, Visiting Scholar, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Woody Powell, Faculty Co-Director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society 

Jar-Der Luo, Profressor of Sociology, Tsinghua University, and Chairman, Chinese Network for Social Network Studies

Susan Liautaud, Visiting Scholar, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Cheng Gang, President, China Foundation Center, and Tao Ze, Vice President, China Foundation Center

Wayne Silby, CEO, Calvert Foundation

Joy Cheng, Torch of Love Foundation

Crystal Ding, LGT Venture Philanthropy

Ian Zhu, Tsing Capital

Elliott Donnelley, Managing Partner, White Sands Group


March 21, 2012 - PACS Executive Director Kim Meredith officially opened an all-new Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Peking University, taking the Center’s groundbreaking work on philanthropy and civil society global.

The new center resides within the new Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU). Like the home office on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, the new Stanford PACS-PKU is a research center for students, scholars and practitioners to explore and share ideas that create social change. 

Stanford PACS-PKU will primarily serve Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and nonprofit and foundation practitioners visiting or conducting research in China. The Center will also host knowledge-sharing events and engage with the Chinese philanthropic community.

To launch Stanford PACS-PKU in Beijing, PACS hosted a series of signature events, including a grand opening presentation on “Historical and Emerging Perspectives on Philanthropy in China” with Steven C. Rockefeller III and Dr. Meng Zhao. Click here to download a PDF of the opening presentation from this event.

Stanford PACS-PKU also hosted a dinner honoring prominent Chinese venture philanthropist Joy Cheng, Founder and President of the Torch of Love Foundation (download a PDF event program).


Kim Meredith spoke on Building Corporate Trust through Philanthropy at the American Chamber of Commerce - China on March 19,2012. Click here to download a PDF of her presentation.