Stanford PACS

History

Stanford PACS was founded in 2006 by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen and faculty co-directors Woody Powell & Debra Meyerson. The Center welcomed our first cohort of four PhD Fellows the same year.

Stanford PACS is led by Kim Meredith, its Executive Director who came to the Center with deep nonprofit sector experience, and by Faculty Co-Directors who teach a quarterly PhD graduate student workshop in addition to their ongoing research, speaking and publishing:

Woody Powell, Professor of Education and by courtesy Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Communication; and

Rob Reich, Associate Professor of Political Science, Faculty Director of the Program on Ethics in Society and, by courtesy, of Philosophy and the School of Education.

Paul Brest, Professor of Law, Emeritus and Former Dean of Stanford Law School.

Overview

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 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 offers post-doctoral fellowships, 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.

Dr. Powell’s Research Initiatives at PACS

Metrics and Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector

Our goal is to document the sources and types of nonprofit evaluation, and explain how the proliferation of evaluation is reshaping organizational behavior and its broader social impacts in the United States and internationally.

Dr. Powell’s Workshop at PACS

New Postdoc opportunity at PACS

The Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) is a research center promoting knowledge creation and knowledge sharing on the role and impact of nonprofit, philanthropic and non-governmental organizations. The Center creates a shared intellectual space for generating original research from across disciplines to examine the ways in which philanthropic institutions, nonprofit organizations and other key elements of civil society work to define and address public interests, both in the United States and globally.

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