The Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) announced on Tuesday its acquisition of the award-winning Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). I serve as faculty co-director of PACS, a center that has seen huge growth since its founding several years ago. Bringing SSIR into our fold will bring us a much wider reach.
Full press release beneath the fold.
Stanford Partnership Bridges Research and Innovation in the Social Sector
October 5, 2010 – Stanford, CA.
We are pleased to announce the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is now part of the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). This strategic acquisition unites the scholarly research expertise of PACS with the innovative cross-sector voice of SSIR to serve the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in thoughtful, new ways. Together, PACS and SSIR create a global center offering knowledge, innovative ideas, and accessible best practices for the social sector.
“By uniting the strengths of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society with the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Stanford University continues as a world leader in research and innovation,” said Kim Nyegaard Meredith, executive director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. “The philanthropic community has aligned in support of this strategic opportunity, demonstrating the importance of the role we play – which will be even stronger as we join together.”
The acquisition was made possible through support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation as well as contributions from individual philanthropists and on-campus supporters including the Office of the President.
As Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, founder, chairman emeritus, and former chairman of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and cofounder and Advisory Board chairman of the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, says, “Effective philanthropy relies on groundbreaking research, practice innovation, and cross-sector collaboration. That is what this partnership and our future is all about—creating an intellectual hub for philanthropy and social innovation.”
“Stanford Social Innovation Review is committed to partnering with the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society to bring forward the best cross-sector ideas, practices, and research that will support social change leaders around the world in their important work,” said Regina Starr Ridley, publishing director for SSIR. “This is a natural fit for us.”
The acquisition is effective immediately and PACS and SSIR together are working to refine and enhance existing programs to serve the philanthropic, nonprofit and socially responsible business sectors in innovative ways.
The Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society engages 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, both in the United States and globally. The Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) and was incubated at the Haas Center for Public Service.
Stanford Social Innovation Review is an award-winning magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues. Published at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, SSIR bridges academic theory and practice with ideas about achieving social change. SSIR covers a wide range of subjects, from microfinance and green businesses to social networks and human rights. Its aim is both to inform and to inspire. SSIR was incubated at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business