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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Effective Philanthropy for Advisors

**This event, originally scheduled for November 15-16, 2021, has been moved to January 25-26, 2022.    This interactive workshop is...

January 25 - 26th, 2022


Recent Event

Seattle Arts & Lectures with Lucy Bernholz

In How We Give Now, Lucy Bernholz shows that philanthropy is more than writing a check and claiming a tax deduction....

December 8th, 2021

Online event

Recent Event

The Political Life of an Epidemic: Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe

This talk will focus on the the social politics of inequality in Africa, through an examination of disease, public health,...

December 1st, 2021

Online event


Stanford PACS’ Digital Civil Society Lab to House Dark Patterns Tip Line for Identifying Deceptive Digital Designs

Palo Alto – The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) at Stanford PACS is thrilled to announce that it will provide...

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Stanford PACS Announces Fall 2021 Small Grant Winners

Stanford PACS is excited to share our four Small Grant winners: Erik Santoro, Catherine Sirois, Katherine Clayton, and Alexander Landry....

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

Today (12/8) at 12pm PT: @p2173 joins @crojasphd and @NonprofitAF for a conversation on #HowWeGiveNow, hosted by @SeaArtsLectures and @CaseyGrants.

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🔖 The Program on Democracy and the Internet's new initiative with @StanfordCDDRL, Digital Technologies in Emerging Countries: Impacts and Responses (DTEC) is soliciting papers to be published in a special issue in 2023.

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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

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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