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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Recent Event

[Webinar] Findings on Giving Vehicle Use Among Bay Area Donors

Presentation Slides: Full report here [Past] Event Info Join the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) for a public webinar exploring...

February 25th, 2021

Online via Zoom Webinar

Recent Event

I Was Still Black When He Gave Me 200k: Transnational Frictions, Class, and the Tech Entrepreneurial Life

Please join the Center for African Studies and Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab for a workshop discussion of a...

February 17th, 2021

Recent Event

Pre-Conference Session: Syndemic Crises, Philanthropy and Civil Society – A Discussion Of Blueprint 2021

Lucy Bernholz, director of the Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab, has been writing an annual Blueprint on Philanthropy since...

February 16th, 2021

Online webinar via Zoom


Stanford PACS 2020: A Special Progress Report

As a research center with a mission to develop and share knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society, and address...

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Stanford PACS China Social Innovation Summit 2020: New Connectivity Creating New Momentum

The 9th annual China-based Social Innovation Summit, hosted by Stanford PACS and the Leping Foundation, took place in November 2020,...

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