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Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Faculty Directors: Debra Meyerson, Rob Reich, Walter Powell

Managing Director: Malka Kopell

Office: 562 Salvatierra Walk

Mail Code: 94305-8620

Phone: (650) 723-72599


Web site:

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society was established in September 2006 as a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, a unit of the School of Humanities and Sciences. The center's goal is not to build a separate field of study, but to draw on current research by Stanford faculty, Ph.D. students, and advanced undergraduates on civil society and the public sphere and to infuse these topics into the core disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, while building on expertise located in the professional schools. The center's mission, therefore, is to engage students, faculty, and practitioners in examining ways in which philanthropic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and other key elements of civil society work to define and address public interests in the United States and abroad.

To pursue these goals, the Center offers Ph.D. fellowships, support for undergraduates writing honor's theses, seminar series and dialogues, undergraduate classes, and a Ph.D. workshop. Additionally, the center links theory and practice by engaging practitioners in the philanthropic and civil sector. By connecting students and faculty with practitioners through workshops, presentations, and structured conversations, the center is building a community of scholars and practitioners working to effect social change.

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