10 Years of Impact

Since its inception in 2006, as a project within the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), Stanford PACS has worked with a diverse group of educators and practitioners to transform the philanthropic space. Over the course of the last ten years, Stanford PACS has brought together people from across Stanford University, the social sector, and the world. And, we look forward to continue developing and exploring new ideas that create social change and inspire action.

2006

2006

January

In late spring 2006, Debra Meyerson and Woody Powell create a fellowship program for PhD students interested in research on civil society, social movements, and the influence of foundations. With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Woody and Debra award four fellowships for 2006-07, and a dozen other graduate students register for the first-ever interdisciplinary workshop on philanthropy and civil society.
Since 2006, 105 PhD and undergraduate students have participated in the yearlong interdisciplinary PhD Workshop. Students consistently participate for multiple years over the course of their research, contributing to the interdisciplinary perspectives of students across campus.
2008

2008

January

Rob Reich joins Stanford PACS as a faculty co-director with Debra Meyerson and Woody Powell.
2009

2009

June

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen founds the Stanford PACS Advisory Board with inaugural members, Roberta Denning, Susan Ford Dorsey, Laura Fisher, John Goldman, Russ Hall, Peter Hero, Leslie Hume, Burt McMurtry, Bill Meehan, and Maddy Stein.
2009

2009

July

Kim Meredith joins Stanford PACS as the inaugural executive director
2010

2010

September

Stanford PACS acquires Stanford Social Innovation Review from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with the charge to make it a sustainable social enterprise, which was achieved under the leadership of Stanford PACS.
2011

2011

October

Stanford PACS hosts the book launch of Giving 2.0, written by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Stanford PACS Board Chair and Lecturer at Stanford GSB. According to Melinda Gates, "Giving 2.0 empowers everyone - from volunteers to donors to advocates - to get the most out of their giving and themselves."
2011

2011

June 11

Rob Reich delivers his Stanford Commencement Class Day Lecture, "The Promise and Peril of the New Social Economy," which led to the Stanford PACS Philanthropy, Policy, and Technology research project, now known as the Digital Civil Society Lab.
2011

2011

June

The Rockefeller Foundation, as part of their centennial year, funds a Stanford PACS research project, "Organizational Capacity to Continuously Innovate," led by Johanna Mair and Christian Seelos. This project is now entering its third phase and has resulted in numerous SSIR articles as well as a book, "Innovation and Scaling for Impact" (release date: October 2016).
2012

2012

January 3

Faculty Co-Director, Woody Powell, and his team of Stanford PhDs and Post-docs present their paper "Co-Exist , Colonize, or Combine: Discourse Patterns of Nonprofit Evaluation" and are invited to speak on the topic at six prestigious international conferences.
2012

2012

March 1

Stanford PACS hosts the first workshop "Historical and Emerging Perspectives on Philanthropy in China," and features the SSIR cover article "The Social Enterprise Emerges in China." This inaugural work on and in China has led to five years of programming, full support of three post-doctoral fellows studying civil society in China, and the launch of a groundbreaking project to create a digital archive of Chinese NGOs.
2012

2012

March 3

Kim Meredith and Bruce Sievers, Visiting Scholar at Stanford PACS, are invited to present at the California Senate Committee informational hearing.
2012

2012

September

Paul Brest joins Stanford PACS as a faculty co-director with Woody Powell and Rob Reich, broadening the interdisciplinary and cross-sector reach of Stanford PACS.
2013

2013

September 12

Stanford PACS hosts the inaugural Philanthropy Innovation Summit, "Passion + Impact," with the goal of inspiring philanthropists towards more impactful giving. This event marks the beginning of Stanford PACS donor education initiatives led by faculty co-director Paul Brest.
2013

2013

September

Aaron Horvath and Christof Brandtner, Stanford PACS PhD Fellows, join Woody Powell's research project, The Stanford Project on the Evolution of Nonprofits, which uses a unique sociological approach to assessing the evolution nonprofits and philanthropic foundations across more than a decade.
2014

2014

October 15

Stanford PACS, collaborating with the Haas Center for Public Service and the Stanford Career Center, launches the inaugural Social Impact Careers Fair, welcoming hundreds of students and social enterprises and foundations to connect on building socially-minded careers.
2014

2014

June 19

Inaugural Junior Scholars Forum
2014

2014

October

With the "Ethics of Data" conference, Rob Reich and Lucy Bernholz's "Philanthropy, Policy, and Technology" project evolves into the Digital Civil Society Lab. Following the successes of the DCSL, Lucy Bernholz is appointed Senior Research Scholar and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab.
2014

2014

May 2014

Stanford PACS moves into its permanent home at the "Center for Centers" at 559 Nathan Abbott Way in the Stanford Law School
2015

2015

September

Paul Brest and Nadia Roumani launch the Effective Philanthropy Lab, which works at the intersection of human centered design, strategic philanthropy, and the behavioral sciences, to design and test methods, messages, products and services to increase donor impact.
2016

2016

March 9

Rob Reich named among Most Influential Scholars in Shaping Education Policy
2016

2016

May 3

SSIR, under the direction of SSIR Academic Editor Johanna Mair, launches a new global conference, Frontiers of Social Innovation: A Forum for Global Leaders. This complement their successful suite of annual conferences including The Nonprofit Management Institute and Data on Purpose.
2016

2016

September

Faculty co-director Rob Reich, senior research scholar Lucy Bernholz, and former Stanford PACS post-doc Chiara Cordelli publish Philanthropy and Democratic Societies, an edited volume that includes contributions from faculty co-directors Paul Brest and Woody Powell as well as PhD Fellow Aaron Horvath.
2016

2016

October

Stanford PACS celebrates its tenth anniversary, highlighting ten years of research and programming at Stanford PACS and SSIR.