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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Paper submissions due for Special Issue on “Nonprofits, Public Policy, and Climate Change” in Nonprofit Policy Forum

Guest edited by Jennifer A. Kagan, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Patricia Bromley, Stanford University  

March 30th, 2023

Recent Event

EPP Reunion 2022

The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) at Stanford PACS is delighted to welcome back its EPP alums to Stanford for...

November 18th, 2022

Virtual Event

Recent Event

May Farid, University of Hong Kong

Co-Sponsored with the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR) Dr. May Farid is a political scientist studying civil society, policy...

November 14th, 2022



What’s Worrying the Global Elite in Davos

Bloomberg news discusses research by Shawn Pope and Patricia Bromley showing an evolution both in the gender composition a focus...

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Digital Civil Society Lab Announces 2023-24 Cohort of Practitioner Fellows

Five social sector leaders to develop research and tools to benefit global civil society The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL)...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

Join us Tuesday with @davidlazer and host @persily for a one hour seminar on how the online information ecosystem is evolving.

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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

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2023

The Annual Industry Forecast by Lucy Bernholz

Global Determinants of Education Reform, 1960-2017

Patricia Bromley, Jared Furuta, Rie Kijima, Lisa Overbey, Minju Choi & Heitor Santos

Stanford University & University of Toronto

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.

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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