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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Advisors in Philanthropy Annual Conference Speaking Engagements

Join Advisors in Philanthropy “as we elevate the philanthropic conversation and create a trusted network of professionals with a shared philanthropic passion.” ...

September 20 - 21st, 2021

National Center for Family Philanthropy, Trustee Education Institute Speaking Engagement

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the important legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing...

September 28 - 30th, 2021

Effective Philanthropy for Advisors

This interactive workshop is designed for advisors who would like an efficient, immersive training on the core principles and practices...

September 29 - 30th, 2021


Book Release: SYSTEM ERROR

Where Big Tech Went Wrong And How We Can Reboot Authored by Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami & Jeremy M. Weinstein...

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Program on Democracy and the Internet Launches New Content Policy & Society Lab (CPSL)

Palo Alto, CA – Harmful content circulates widely on the internet, exploiting policy and technical vulnerabilities on every platform. The...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

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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.

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