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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Throughout PACS’ seventeen-year history, our research and programs have sought to examine, critique and address both entrenched and emerging issues influencing and defining philanthropy and civil society, and increasingly, democracy. Every donation, large or small, provides vital support to our continued operations towards expanding the body of research, increasing the pipeline of scholars, practitioners, & leaders, and informing practice and action on pressing Issues.

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Our Work


Digital Civil Society Speaker Series: Data Driven

Join us for a monthly gathering that explores critical insights on the intersections and implications of digital dependencies with democratic...

December 7th, 2023

Encina Commons 119

Film Screening: UnCharitable

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, in collaboration with the Center for Social Innovation, presents a special screening of...

December 7th, 2023

Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building

Digital Civil Society Speaker Series: Shifting the Frame: The Labors of ImageNet and AI DataDigital Civil Society Speaker Series:

Join us for a monthly gathering that explores critical insights on the intersections and implications of digital dependencies with democratic...

January 11th, 2024

Encina Commons 119


Making the Biggest Difference You Can

The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) is committed, above all, to supporting wise stewardship of resources. With the many human...

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Polarization and Social Change Lab Announces Field Test Grant Winners

The Polarization and Social Change Lab (PaSCL) at Stanford PACS is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural Bridging...

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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

Decolonizing Data, One Language At A Time

Claudia Magallanes Blanco, Sabelo Mhlambi, Nanjala Nyabola, Nick Couldry, Toussaint Nothias, Kathleen Siminyu

Professions and Wealth: The Philanthropy of High-Earning Professionals

Micah McElroy, Associate Director of Research, Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative, with contributions from Rebecca Shamash, Megan Farwell, Taylor Stephens, and Vera Michalchik

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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