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Digital Impact: Reflections from Mumbai

In India, scale is everything. An organization that serves more than one million meals per day to schoolchildren reaches only 1% of the eligible population. Its newly-implemented Aadhaar system, with more than 1 billion registrants, is the largest biometric database controlled by a nation, but only the second largest such database in the world, falling behind Facebook’s in scale. As...

Digital Impact: Reflections from Medellin

   Digital Impact Medellin was the final international stop on the Digital Impact World Tour before we wrap things up in Kansas City in May. It also offered a fun twist – for the first time on the tour, we partnered not only with local host MAKAIA but with a global thematic ally, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) of the...

Press Release: Glasnost! Nine Ways Facebook Can Make Itself a Better Forum for Free Speech and Democracy

  Read Full Article Here.  Press Release  Glasnost! Nine Ways Facebook Can Make Itself a Better Forum for Free Speech and Democracy Facebook could make nine “incremental” changes to ensure it becomes a better forum for free speech and democracy, according to a new report by academics at the University of Oxford in the UK and Stanford University in the...

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The Program on Democracy and the Internet joins Kofi Annan Foundation Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

The Program on Democracy and the Internet will join the Kofi Annan Foundation to convene the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age to “examine and review the opportunities and challenges for electoral integrity created by technological innovations”.  The foundation named Stephen Steadman, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) and deputy director of the Center on...

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Available Now: Philanthropist Resource Guide (PRG)

The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) launches the Philanthropist Resource Guide (PRG). The PRG comprises of approximately 200 organizations across the United States that work to support the philanthropic activities of high net worth (HNW) donors. The tool will enable HNW donors to discover new sources of support for their philanthropic journey, help...

Why Women Stay Out of the Spotlight at Work

“Organizations can take three steps to make it easier for women to be seen and promoted: Value unconventional forms of leadership, fight implicit bias, and balance women’s second-shift responsibilities,” former Stanford PACS Ph.D fellow, Priya Fielding-Singh, and her colleagues advocate.  Featured in the Harvard Business Review, Fielding-Singh and her co-authors articulate three primary reasons women’s contributions are systematically overlooked: avoiding...

Spotlight Series: Claire Dunning

Claire Dunning is Stanford PACS September featured scholar.  Claire Dunning recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford PACS, studying how and why small nonprofit organizations are at the forefront of American antipoverty movements. She uses a historical approach  to review the past sixty years of government policy, philanthropic grantmaking, and community activism. Her research uncovers that the government plays a...

Johanna Mair, Christian Seelos receive AOM 2018 ONE Book Award

Johanna Mair and Christian Seelos, co-authors of Innovation and Scaling for Impact: How Effective Social Enterprises Do It, receive the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division (ONE) of the Academy of Management (AOM) Book Award.  On August 13, 2018 AOM held its annual conference in Chicago, where Mair and Seelos were recognized for their work on how social sector organizations create value....

Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better by Rob Reich

| Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy? Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better by Rob Reich investigates the ethical and political dimensions of philanthropy, and considers how giving might better support democratic values and promote justice.  Though we may laud wealthy individuals who give away their money for society’s...

Lucy Bernholz: NFPs Face Critical Crossroads in an Age of Data

Lucy Bernholz, director of the Digital Civil Society Lab, is featured in Generosity Magazine with a piece on the risks of digital data management for nonprofit organizations. She argues that civil society may hold the potential solution to alleviate the burden.  The digital age has made the work of nonprofits tremendously efficient, as collecting and sharing is only a click...