We are an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS). Our work is made possible with the ongoing support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the progressive financial firm Liquidnet, and Knight Foundation.
A core capacity of nonprofits and foundations is managing and governing digital data in ways that advance their mission and respect the rights of the people they serve. To support this capacity, we:
As both assets and liabilities, digital data hold tremendous promise but also raise new challenges for civil society. It’s time to manage digital data safely, ethically, and effectively to help ensure a higher impact social sector.
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.
The Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS investigates the challenges and opportunities facing civil society organizations in the digital age, and develops resources to help organizations use digital data and infrastructure safely, ethically, and effectively. The Lab aims to shape the future of civil society globally by fostering the creation of new mechanisms for using, governing, and donating digital assets for public benefit.
In addition to advancing the work of social sector practitioners and policymakers through the Digital Impact program, the Lab supports scholars and academics through workshops, research and publications, university student networks, and postdoctoral and non-resident fellowships. The Digital Civil Society Lab is led by Lucy Bernholz, senior research scholar at Stanford PACS, and Rob Reich, faculty co-director of Stanford PACS.