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Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

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The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society and effect social change. Stanford PACS connects students, scholars and practitioners and publishes the preeminent journal Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

Stanford PACS is a research center for students, scholars and practitioners to explore and share ideas that create social change. Its primary participants are Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and nonprofit and foundation practitioners.

As publisher of Stanford Social Innovation Review, Stanford PACS informs policy and social innovation, philanthropic investment and nonprofit practice. SSIR is a shared intellectual space where scholars and practitioners publish inter-disciplinary and cross sector research and ideas to advance social change. The journal is complemented by a website, blog, conferences, webinars and podcasts.

Stanford PACS has relationships with five schools at Stanford University (Humanities & Sciences, Engineering, Education, Business, and Law) and twenty departments, and we leverage the intellectual assets of a diverse, world-class faculty across the University. This provides a unique platform to share our work with the nonprofit and for profit community in Silicon Valley and globally.

Stanford PACS offers postdoctoral fellowships, PhD fellowships and financial support for undergraduates completing honors thesis work. Additionally, Stanford PACS sponsors a regular public speaker series and other symposia and salons that include speakers who are well known academic, foundation or nonprofit leaders.

September 21, 2018

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 philanthropy intermediaries and advisors find new resources and collaborators, and allow funders of this field to gain a better understanding of the landscape of the donor support ecosystem.


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