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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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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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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Civic Life of Cities adds Singapore to the Global Research Study

The Civic Life of Cities is excited to announce the addition of Singapore to the ongoing global research study. The...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

“This is the most full-throated defense of the independent state legislative doctrine that we’ve had from the Supreme Court since the concurrence of Bush v. Gore,” said @persily on the court’s refusal to extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots.

ELECTION DEBRIEF with our @persily and @robreich, and @MarietjeSchaake, @alexstamos, @noUpside and @GrottoAndrew. Join us for a day-after look at the role of digital tech.

Organized by @StanfordCyber @StanfordHAI and Stanford PACS

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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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