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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Throughout PACS’ seventeen-year history, our research and programs have sought to examine, critique and address both entrenched and emerging issues influencing and defining philanthropy and civil society, and increasingly, democracy. Every donation, large or small, provides vital support to our continued operations towards expanding the body of research, increasing the pipeline of scholars, practitioners, & leaders, and informing practice and action on pressing Issues.

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Our Work


Recent Event

Effective Philanthropy for Advisors Workshop

Join us for an interactive workshop with Stanford University on their latest tools designed specifically for advisors and clients interested...

June 20 - 21st, 2024

Recent Event

Digital Civil Society Speaker Series: Where Does Change Come From? Cases of Conservative Innovation

Register here to join us in-person. Join us for a monthly gathering that explores critical insights on the intersections and...

June 6th, 2024

Encina Commons, Room 119

Recent Event

Civil Society and Sustainability Conference

Solving the world’s greatest sustainability challenges depends on active engagement by civil society actors. Nonprofits, philanthropies, and advocacy groups play...

June 3 - 5th, 2024

Terrace Room, Stanford University


How Trust Works and To Whom It Is Owed

PACS Associate Directors of Research Aaron Horvath and Micah McElroy published “How Trust Works and To Whom It Is Owed”...

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Pre-doctoral Research Fellow in Organizational Sociology and Social Innovation

Supervisors: Christof Brandtner (emlyon business school) and Woody Powell (Stanford University) Timeline: Starting in summer or fall 2024. The InvEnt...

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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

Could AI Speak on Behalf of Future Humans?

By Konstantin Scheuermann & Angela Aristidou

Professions and Wealth: The Philanthropy of High-Earning Professionals

Micah McElroy, Associate Director of Research, Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative, with contributions from Rebecca Shamash, Megan Farwell, Taylor Stephens, and Vera Michalchik

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.  

The Virus And The Vote: Administering the 2020 Election In A Pandemic

A Compendium of Research from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project


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