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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Consider making a donation to support Stanford PACS in its mission towards a more robust and integrated civil society creating positive social change. 

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.

Thank you for making a gift online today and supporting the future of PACS and a thriving civil society.

Our Work


Recent Event

Civil Society and Sustainability Conference

Civil society actors are central to achieving sustainable development. Nonprofits and activists, for example, influence public policy, corporate practices, and...

May 25 - 26th, 2023

Stanford University campus

Recent Event

Transit Talks at Villanova University

The Waterhouse Family Institute Transit Talks is the marquis collaborative lecture series with Temple University, bringing visiting scholars and game...

April 20th, 2023

Villanova University, Driscoll Hall 134

Recent Event

Computing the News: Data Journalism and the Search for Objectivity

April 17th, 2023

McClatchy Hall, Room 101A


Spring 2024 Small Grants Recipients

Anaïs Voşk is a quadrilingual PhD student in Environment & Resources (E-IPER) at Stanford University. Building on her prior work...

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Stanford PACS 2022: A Special Progress Report

2022 was a momentous year for Stanford PACS. Like many other organizations in our ecosystem, we were fine tuning a...

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Stanford PACS on Social Media

(2/2) Stanford PACS Education for Philanthropy Professionals
April 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 (9am-2pm)
Cost: $4500
Application Deadline: March 1
Advanced course for donors, high-level advisors & staff at family offices/foundations.
Register here:

FYI: @StanfordPACS has 2 programs coming up for donors, wealth advisors, & philanthropy professionals
(1/2) Effective Philanthropy for Advisors
Feb 23-24
$500 (incl. @AIPtweets membership, CE credit, discounts avail for 2+ registering together)

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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

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2023

The Annual Industry Forecast by Lucy Bernholz

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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