A message of solidarity

June 3rd, 2020

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...

Donor Advised Funds Webinar – Most Frequently Asked Questions

May 28th, 2020

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...

A Message from Kim Meredith

April 29th, 2020

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...

Stanford and MIT Launch Joint Initiative to Support Healthy Elections

April 10th, 2020

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...


Update from Stanford PACS Regarding COVID-19

March 21st, 2020

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...

New Report Charts Path Forward for Digital Civil Society

January 27th, 2020

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...

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

January 14th, 2020

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,...

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

December 18th, 2019

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...

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

December 17th, 2019

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...

Stanford PACS Faculty Co-Director Robb Willer co-authors an op-ed for the New York Times

December 16th, 2019

In a recent NYTimes article, Robb Willer and Jan Voelkel explain why progressive candidates’ policies must be consistent with widely held values like family, security, and the American Dream in order to build support beyond their base in #Election2020.