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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After the exploration of content policy through different angles – from the moderation of dangerous organizations, to challenges faced by...

May 26th, 2022


Recent Event

Disrupting Big Tech: Independent, Community-Rooted AI Research focused on Africa & the African diaspora

The Center for African Studies (CAS) is excited to host Timnit Gebru for this year’s annual lecture. In this talk,...

May 4th, 2022

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Decolonizing Data, One Language at a Time.

At a time of growing anxiety about the ubiquity of digital technologies, the idea that we are witnessing the age...

March 28th, 2022

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Stanford PACS Selection for 2022-2023 Ph.D Fellows 

Stanford PACS is excited to share our selection for 2022-2023 PACS Ph.D Fellows: Erik Santoro, Hesu Yoon, Heitor Santos, Ruth Appel,...

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The Guide to Effective Philanthropy for Latin America

We are pleased to share this Spanish-language adaptation of EPLI’s Guide to Effective Philanthropy, which is entitled La Guía de Filantropía Efectiva...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

How can we make #ESG metrics more trustworthy?

Paul Brest, Faculty Director of our EPLI, and co-author Colleen Honigsberg outlined a framework for improved reporting of corporations' environmental, social, and governance performance, via @StanfordLaw.

a delight to interact with a fantastic group to rethink and enact partnering across sectors. so happy to see our keynotes and discussion with @laurap18 and Ioan Fazey online. speacial thanks to @DomenicoDenton2 for orchestrating. GIIL @StanfordPACS @thehertieschool

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

To advance, educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and practice-based knowledge.

Recent Publications

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2022

The Annual Industry Forecast by Lucy Bernholz

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.

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