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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Civic signals: The qualities of flourishing digital spaces

Talia Stroud is a Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism and Director of the Center for Media Engagement at the University...

May 12th, 2021

2021 Tech and Racial Equity Conference: Anti-Racist Technologies for a Just Future

May 19-20 Rapidly developing technologies can be an unprecedented force for good, but too often codify and amplify existing forms...

May 19 - 20th, 2021

Toward a Pluriverse of Care: Messaging Transnational Indigenous Protest

Scholars of social media and social protest have established that social media simultaneously layers a digital means of communication over...

May 19th, 2021


Stanford PACS Announces Spring 2021 Small Grant Winners

Stanford PACS excited to share our three Small Grant winners: Matt Brown, Helena Roy, and Adrian Blattner. The Small Grants...

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SSIR Launches Global Development Podcast

Stanford PACS’s Stanford Social Innovation Review is launching a new podcast Uncharted Ground: Journeys in Social Innovation. Hosted by award-winning...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

Join us Tuesday, May 18 from 9-10am for our new EPLI event, “Philanthropy in Times of Uncertainty: A guide to effective giving in Latin America,” where we will hear from our Paul Brest and @ErinnAndrews.

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Join us this Thurs & Fri for our first Unconference with @StanfordEthics!

Tune in to hear our @robreich in conversation with @SusanLiautaud about her new book 'The Power of Ethics' or hear from @NothiasT & Ashley Lee on #equity in tech education.

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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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