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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Our Work


Making a difference without millions: How Americans give now

Join our distinguished panelists for a dynamic discussion on Lucy Bernholz’s new book, How We Give Now: A Philanthropic Guide...

November 4th, 2021

Online event

Effective Philanthropy for Advisors

This interactive workshop is designed for advisors who would like an efficient, immersive training on the core principles and practices...

November 15 - 16th, 2021

2021 China Social Innovation Summit

The 2021 China Social Innovation Summit will be held virtually November 17-18, 2021 Beijing Time (November 16-17 Eastern & Pacific...

November 16 - 17th, 2021



Stanford PACS Announces Fall 2021 Small Grant Winners

Stanford PACS is excited to share our four Small Grant winners: Erik Santoro, Catherine Sirois, Katherine Clayton, and Alexander Landry....

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Perpetual launches Australian Philanthropy Toolkit with Stanford

Perpetual Private has launched an Australian Philanthropy Toolkit (the Toolkit) as part of its ongoingpartnership with the Stanford Center on...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

On November 4, join @p2173 for a conversation on #giving and making a difference without millions, featuring @tiffani, @MariaDautruche, @Sarilomvel and @EdenStiffman, and hosted by @ConversationEDU, @Philanthropy, and @AP.

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#D4GX 2021 India Empworment Challenge Update | We have received an overwhelming response from diverse NGOs working across rural & urban India and would like to thank everyone for displaying such great enthusiasm and participating in large numbers.
Stay tuned for more updates!

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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

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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