Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

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 scholars, 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 shared intellectual space where scholars and practitioners publish interdisciplinary and cross-sector research and ideas to advance social change. 

Stanford PACS has relationships with five Schools (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 post-doctoral fellows, PhD fellowships, and financial support for undergraduates completing honors thesis work. Additionally, Stanford PACS sponsors a monthly public speaker series and other symposia and salons that include speakers who are well known academic, foundation or nonprofit leaders.  

For more information on Stanford PACS and its programs for practitioners and scholars,  visit the PACS website