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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The Color of Money: Racial Equity & Inclusion in FinTech

November 12th, 2020

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Recent Event

Election Debrief

The US 2020 elections have been fraught with challenges, including the rise of “fake news” and threats of foreign intervention...

November 4th, 2020

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Democracy in Action

Dear Friends and Colleagues, As a community of scholars, we are tempted to begin examining the 2020 election even as...

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Stanford PACS Welcomes Carla Eckhardt as Executive Director

Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is thrilled to announce the appointment of Carla Eckhardt as executive director.  With...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

“System work is not about solutions; it’s about discovering and steering local pathways for change,” says our own @ChristianSeelos in his @SSIReview feature “Changing Systems? Welcome to the Slow Movement.”

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If you are interested in political polarization; framing, messaging, and persuasion; political dimensions of inequality; social movement mobilization; and online political behavior - come and work with our faculty codirector @RobbWiller and his @pascl_stanford lab!

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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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