We aim to develop and disseminate knowledge to advance and improve the practice of philanthropy and social innovation in China


Stanford PACS’ China program was launched in 2012. It aims to serve and connect academics and practitioners focused on the social impact sector in China. Stanford PACS is an original anchor program of the Stanford Center at Peking University where we host an annual conference each spring to explore topics related to philanthropy and social innovation. Stanford PACS also conducts China-focused research, hosts China-focused postdoctoral fellows, provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in cross-cultural exchange, and hosts learning expeditions to Stanford for Chinese philanthropists, foundation and nonprofit leaders. We work with the Leping Foundation to produce a Chinese language version of the Stanford Social Innovation Review and have partnered with the East Asia Library at Stanford University to host the first ever digital archive of Chinese NGOs.



Stanford PACS is committed to its mission of expanding the body and reach of quality research on philanthropy and social innovation. Our China program supports dedicated research projects to advance the understanding of the nonprofit sector in China.



Stanford PACS hosts several convenings throughout the year at Stanford’s main campus in Silicon Valley, and at the Stanford Center at Peking University.




In addition to the SSIR Chinese language edition, Stanford PACS publishes research and articles that aim to inform and improve the social impact sector.




We offer opportunities for students, scholars and practitioners to encourage and support the pipeline of talent for the social sector in China.