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



New Position: Director, Partnerships & Community, Stanford PACS

Stanford PACS is looking for an experienced, strategic and entrepreneurial individual to serve as its Director, Partnerships & Community. This role...

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DCSL Bids Farewell to Outgoing Postdoctoral Fellows

The Digital Civil Society Lab would like to extend a warm farewell to our outgoing postdoctoral fellows: Samantha Bradshaw, David...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

How can we defend human rights in the digital age?

Watch this discussion on the power balance and risks between digital tech, society and humanity with:

➡️@ginasue @MCTDCambridge
➡️@gabramosp @UNESCO
➡️Elizabeth Renieris @hackylawyER @EthicsInAI

“For too long, oppressed peoples have asked, demanded, and even pleaded for a seat at the table. The reality, however, is the table was designed by a select few, for a select few.” @AidaMariam writes about creating sacred spaces for gathering and creating.

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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

Global Determinants of Education Reform, 1960-2017

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

Stanford University & University of Toronto

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2022

The Annual Industry Forecast by Lucy Bernholz

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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