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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Reviving Africa’s Endangered Civic Spaces

As threats to digital rights continue, it is important to protect civil society actors who are increasingly embracing digital spaces...

April 28th, 2021

2021 Tech and Racial Equity Conference: Anti-Racist Technologies for a Just Future

May 19-20 Rapidly developing technologies can be an unprecedented force for good, but too often codify and amplify existing forms...

May 19 - 20th, 2021

Recent Event

Education for Philanthropy Professionals

Stanford PACS’ Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) is excited to announce its next Education for Philanthropy Professionals program, a virtual, executive-style...

April 15 - 30th, 2021


GIIL scholar’s research helps steer award-winning organization

Community Solutions, an organization working to measurably end homelessness throughout U.S. communities, received a $100 million dollar grant from the...

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Statement of Solidarity with AAPI Community

Today we stand together in pain and loss, in solidarity with our Asian American colleagues, friends, family, fellow citizens and...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

In our latest #JustDigitalFuture episode, we talk with the brilliant @TechnologyLiz in a powerful conversation on roles & responsibilities of government in tech, the ethical implications of technology, & the long game of advocacy work. @digHBS @StanfordPACS

Our @erinnandrews joined @Bloomberg with experts from @UBS Private Wealth Management, @Authentifi and @siliconvalleycf to share how advisors can navigate the evolving world charitable giving for their clients. Learn more:

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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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