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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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

Recent Event

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

Recent Event

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


Digital Civil Society Lab Fellow’s Work Nominated for New York Emmy Award

Digital Civil Society Lab Practitioner Fellow Mutale Nkonde has had a news piece she worked on nominated for a New...

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Stanford University Press Launches Stanford Social Innovation Review Books

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), the pre-eminent publication of Stanford PACS, is pleased to announce the creation of a new...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

“It’s giving intellectual respectability to an otherwise insane, anti-democratic argument,” says @persily to @NewYorker about Republican state legislatures’ overruling of the popular will.

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Can vaccine promotion from Republican leaders make a difference?

@RobbWiller and @DG_Rand show that it can, citing research from @pascl_stanford and the Human Cooperation Laboratory.

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