Groundbreaking Research is Recognized

Co-directors, Johanna Mair and Christian Seelos, from the Global Innovation for Impact Lab at Stanford PACS, have won the Terry McAdam Book Award. Their groundbreaking research highlighted in their book, Innovation and Scaling for Impact: How Effective Social Enterprises Do It, reviews how innovation can successfully be enacted in social enterprises and provides guides for action as well as recommendations to build knowledge...

More Data. More Lessons.

Caitriona Fay, National Manager of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Services at Perpetual Ltd., shares her thoughts on the data challenges to nonprofits after the Digital Impact World Tour stop in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in July. This year’s visit from the team from Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) saw the consolidation of lessons around how the power of digital is changing not only our non-profit sector...

Business Gurus Shortlisted for Oscars of Management Thinking

We’re excited to announce that Johanna Mair and Christian Seelos, co-authors of the book, Innovation and Scaling for Impact, have been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Innovation Award, which recognizes thinkers who have contributed the most to our understanding of innovation over the last two years. The event celebrates the very best in global business leaders! You can read the full list of...

Rob Reich among the most influential in shaping education policy

The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., released its annual list of 200 national education scholars who are contributing most substantially to discussions on schools and schooling policy and practices. Among them was Stanford PACS Faculty Co-Director Rob Reich. Twenty scholars from Stanford, including 15 from the Graduate School of Education, are among those recognized. LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND, professor emerita of education,...

Video: Social media and social change

Civil society is challenged to demonstrate its impact. Network and linguistic analyses of webpages reveal intense struggles among governments, businesses, and nonprofits to define effectiveness. Watch the video of this lecture by Stanford PACS faculty co-director Woody Powell.    

Christian Seelos on innovation

Will innovation kill us? Our visiting scholar Christian Seelos discussed this question on the radio show Philosophy Talk on November 15, 2015 to discuss this question.     Listen to this show for free here: 

Getting Beyond Better audio

The audio recording from Getting Beyond Better with Sally Osberg is now available.

Philanthropy Summit videos

Selected Summit videos are now available on the PACS website. You can watch videos and explore Summit-related content and new videos and transcripts will be periodically added to this page. Visit the Summit recap page here.

Stanford PACS hosts Sally Osberg

Stanford PACS will launch the book Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works with a public event featuring Sally R. Osberg on October 13

Paul Brest discusses impact investing

Social impact investing takes many forms these days. Investors can bring capital to worthy causes that otherwise wouldn’t be funded by investing in privately held businesses, or engage with other shareholders to put pressure on less socially motivated companies. They, too, can make so-called “sacrificial” investments in innovative social enterprises by accepting below-market, risk-adjusted returns as the price for doing...