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


Decoding Digital Democracy in Africa

The Digital Civil Society Lab is delighted to be partnering with Democracy in Africa to host an event bringing together scholars...

June 16th, 2021

Leading Together 2021: Digital Dependencies, Discrimination, and Democracy: What are Philanthropy’s Roles?

Every aspect of public life depends on digital systems. Awareness and adaptation to the potential harms of digital systems is...

June 16th, 2021

How Social Science Advances Our Understanding of Pandemics

Scientific research, innovation, and evidence have contributed to COVID-19 mitigation and response. As parts of the globe emerge from a...

June 23rd, 2021


Call for High-Earning Individuals to Participate in Research

A team of researchers at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) is studying the ways that high-income...

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PACS Postdoctoral Scholars 2021-22 Announced

Stanford PACS is excited to announce our new cohort of Postdoctoral Scholars for the academic year 2021-22. These researchers come...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

Join us at @rightscon shortly as @stanfordccsre and @StanfordPACS fellows share how to build a better future with racial justice as a design principle of tech with @samirkdoshi @JulieOwono @TechnologyLiz and @hqu hashtag #racialjustice

Check out our Program on Democracy and the Internet’s partner @stanfordio work and impact in this report as the center turns two and maps out future plans.

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