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DCSL Names Practitioner Fellows 2021-22

 The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) and Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) are pleased to announce the 2021 cohort of practitioner fellows which comprises of fourteen exceptional social sector leaders working on ideas to benefit civil society. This year’s fellows are working on a range of topics and tools in the realm of digital civil engagement that will help protect civil...

Game changer: Stanford scholar shows how soccer can tackle prejudice, bias

Under the right conditions, a diverse soccer team can pull off the ultimate hat trick: It can reduce prejudice, build trust and increase tolerance among players from opposing sides of a conflict. These are just some of the findings to emerge from research by Salma Mousa, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), a research...

PACS 2020 Faculty recommended reading list

If you, like everyone else, have been oscillating between the growing need to achieve personal growth during a pandemic and a desire to hide under a warm blanket with a good book, we’ve got you covered!  With a wide-ranging purview, PACS faculty and leadership have curated a reading list to inform and enrich our work in the field while stoking...

Open Postdoctoral Fellowships with Stanford PACS

We are inviting promising new scholars to apply to our Postdoctoral Fellowship programs! If you are interested in algorithmic bias, the impact of the internet on election campaigns and voting, or using digital technologies to support rather than subvert democracy, apply for a postdoc fellowship with the Program on Democracy and the Internet. Passionate about fostering a thriving and independent digital civil society...

Democracy in Action

Dear Friends and Colleagues, As a community of scholars, we are tempted to begin examining the 2020 election even as the electoral map is still in flux. Some results are clear, but before either President Trump or Vice President Biden reach the magical number of 270 in the Electoral College, it is premature to look backward in analyzing the election...

Stanford PACS Welcomes Carla Eckhardt as Executive Director

Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is thrilled to announce the appointment of Carla Eckhardt as executive director.  With more than 25 years of leadership experience in nonprofit, academic, and for-profit settings, Carla brings deep expertise and commitment to her role in guiding the Stanford PACS and SSIR community in its cross-sector work to strengthen philanthropy and civil society...

Civic Life of Cities adds Singapore to the Global Research Study

The Civic Life of Cities is excited to announce the addition of Singapore to the ongoing global research study. The addition of the Singapore region marks the 7th city to join this study. The research team is lead by Winnie Jiang, Assistant Professor at INSEAD. Winnie is working alongside Ling Han and Chengpang Lee.  Jiang shares the team’s vision for...

PACS Names 2020-21 PhD Fellows

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is pleased to welcome the Ph.D. fellows who will be joining us for the 2020-21 academic year. Our fellows will spend the academic year participating in a year-long research workshop, engaging in discussions with featured faculty,  and contributing to other parts of academic life at the Center. Fellows will gain new knowledge across...

Practitioner Fellowship for Social Sector Leaders Application Opened

Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) launched a Practitioner Fellowship application to support social sector leaders interested in developing ideas to benefit civil society. They will be looking to support projects that include: designing tools to protect civil society actors and advance racial justice, developing policy frameworks to govern the...

Designing Healthy Polling and Voting in Partnership with Nate Persily

The Stanford Design School has just launched a healthy polling place guidebook and poll worker training materials as part of the joint Stanford-MIT project on Healthy Elections that brings academics and election administration experts together to assess and promote best practices for the 2020 election in the wake of the challenges we face due to COVID-19. The project is being...

PACS Postdoctoral Scholars Announced

Stanford PACS is pleased to welcome our incoming Postdoctoral Scholars for the 2020-21 academic year: Samantha Bradshaw, James Chu, Soojong Kim, and Ashley Lee.   Dr. Bradshaw received her Ph.D. from the Oxford Internet Institute where she studied the producers and drivers of computational propaganda. Her fellowship research will examine the gender dimensions of disinformation, and how harassment and misogyny...

A message of solidarity

Sadness, anger, resolve. We are living through one of the most trying periods we have faced as a nation. It is as if the United States is experiencing a combination of the 1918 pandemic and the tumultuous and violent 1968 election year all at once, and all while levels of trust in government are at record lows and with a...

Donor Advised Funds Webinar – Most Frequently Asked Questions

By Paul Brest and Erinn Andrews, Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative, Stanford PACS Thank you to the 1,127 participants of our DAF webinar on May 14! We greatly appreciated the quality as well as quantity (almost 250) of your questions, and will respond to some of them here that we couldn’t answer during the live event. As background, the webinar was...

A Message from Kim Meredith

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I hope you are safe and well. This global pandemic is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. Associated health and economic crises have shed further light on the incredible depth of need in our communities, calling each of us to do what we can to contribute to our collective societal good.   It is with...

Stanford and MIT Launch Joint Initiative to Support Healthy Elections

Stanford and MIT launched the “Stanford-MIT Project on a Healthy Election,” a joint initiative to address the unprecedented and ongoing threat that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the 2020 Election. The project will be co-led by Professor Nathaniel Persily, the James B. McClatchy Professor Law at Stanford, Co-Director of the Program on Democracy and the Internet at Stanford PACS and...

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Update from Stanford PACS Regarding COVID-19

Dear Friends and Colleagues, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well as we grapple with the spread of COVID-19 worldwide. This week a “shelter in place” mandate was put into effect in six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by a statewide directive, to combat the worst pandemic most of us have faced in...

New Report Charts Path Forward for Digital Civil Society

Civil society organizations need targeted support and learning platforms to enable them to advocate effectively on the digital policy issues that shape modern societies. So finds a new report from Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, released today. The report offers a roadmap that meets organizations where they are and proposes ways to help them develop their capacity and build coalitions....

Digital Civil Society Lab announces 2020 cohort of Non-Resident Fellows

The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) are pleased to announce a new joint cohort of Non-Resident Fellows. The cohort includes, for CCSRE: Elizabeth Adams, Renata Avila, Samir Doshi, and Hong Qu. For DCSL: Beatrice Martini, Mutale Nkonde, Julie Owono, Tawana Petty, Zara Rahman, and ‘Gbenga Sesan. Topics covered by...

Stanford PACS Advisory Board member Kathy Kwan awarded “Outstanding Philanthropist” for 2019 at the Silicon Valley National Philanthropy Day

Since 2005, Kathy Kwan has granted more than $43million through the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation. Of this, 85% of the funding was directed towards Bay Area organizations and programs in education, job training, and safety net sectors. Kathy believes that skill-building, career planning, and leadership development improves employment opportunities. She is interested in building capacity in both the non-profit and philanthropic...

“Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2020” is now available!

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2020 is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit in the digital age. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to big ideas that matter, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect important breakthroughs in the coming year.  ...