Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

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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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Race and Digital Civil Society Lightning Talks & Lunch

Bias in government automated decision systems, the future of farmwork, digital literacy, algorithms in bail decisions, and more. The 2020...

January 27th, 2020

Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

+1 Speaker Series – Catherine Sandoval

The Comm230X +1 Speaker Series highlights evolving perspectives at the intersection of the social sector, digital technology, and contemporary society....

February 4th, 2020

Building 200, Room 203, Lane History Corner

Victoria Baines – Rethinking Citizen Engagement in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity professionals are trained to counter threats and vulnerabilities in people, process and technology. In the last twenty years, we...

February 11th, 2020

Building 200, Room 203, Lane History Corner


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Digital Civil Society Lab announces 2020 cohort of Non-Resident Fellows

The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) are pleased to...

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Stanford PACS Advisory Board member Kathy Kwan awarded “Outstanding Philanthropist” for 2019 at the Silicon Valley National Philanthropy Day

Since 2005, Kathy Kwan has granted more than $43million through the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation. Of this, 85% of the funding...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

At the 2019 NMI conference, @ChristianSeelos discussed the “innovation pathologies” that can derail an organization's best intentions. Listen to his talk on the @SSIReview podcast to learn how orgs can avoid these threats by blending innovation w/ scaling:

Are foundations playing it too safe with their grant making and endowment investments? Paul Brest & Mark Wolfson highlight common pitfalls in social impact investing and share strategies for improved risk management, in the latest issue of @SSIReview:

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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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