Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Scholars. Practitioners. Leaders.
The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) is a global interdisciplinary research center and publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). Stanford PACS develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society, and address societal challenges. By creating a shared space for scholars, students, and practitioners, Stanford PACS informs policy and social innovation, philanthropic investment, and nonprofit practice.
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Civil Society and Sustainability Conference
Civil society actors are central to achieving sustainable development. Nonprofits and activists, for example, influence public policy, corporate practices, and...
May 25 - 26th, 2023
Stanford University campus
Transit Talks at Villanova University
The Waterhouse Family Institute Transit Talks is the marquis collaborative lecture series with Temple University, bringing visiting scholars and game...
April 20th, 2023
Villanova University, Driscoll Hall 134
Computing the News: Data Journalism and the Search for Objectivity
April 17th, 2023
McClatchy Hall, Room 101A
Spring 2024 Small Grants Recipients
Anaïs Voşk is a quadrilingual PhD student in Environment & Resources (E-IPER) at Stanford University. Building on her prior work...Read More
Stanford PACS 2022: A Special Progress Report
2022 was a momentous year for Stanford PACS. Like many other organizations in our ecosystem, we were fine tuning a...Read More
Stanford PACS on Social Media
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2023
The Annual Industry Forecast by Lucy Bernholz
Global Determinants of Education Reform, 1960-2017
Patricia Bromley, Jared Furuta, Rie Kijima, Lisa Overbey, Minju Choi & Heitor Santos
Stanford University & University of Toronto
Toward a Better Understanding of Social Origins Theory: A Historical Narrative of Vienna’s Civil Society Organizations
by Florentine Maier, Michael Meyer, and Berta Terzieva
Announcing: Australian Edition of the Toolkit
The Australian Toolkit
EPLI has partnered with Perpetual Asset Management Australia to create an Australian version of the Toolkit available for free online here.
Alternative Organizing with Social Purpose: Revisiting Institutional Analysis of Market-Based Activity
Mair, J., & Rathert, N. 2021. Socio-Economic Review. Online First: DOI: 10.1093/ser/mwz031.
The Virus And The Vote: Administering the 2020 Election In A Pandemic
A Compendium of Research from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide for Smart Philanthropy, Second Edition (2018)
Paul Brest and Hal Harvey
Serve or Conserve: Mission, Strategy, and Multi-Level Nonprofit Change During the Great Recession
Aaron Horvath, Christof Brandtner, and Walter W. Powell
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