The flow of philanthropic dollars is larger than ever: for-profit companies are pursuing social bottom lines, nonprofits are employing business metrics, and large philanthropies are partnering with government to stimulate innovation. In short, the blurring of the boundaries between states, for-profits, and nonprofits, overlaid by rapid technological advancements, is fundamentally altering the how and where of social change, and who makes it happen. However, all of these twenty-first-century changes are taking place within a twentieth-century public policy framework. The Philanthropy, Policy and Technology project of our GOS grantee, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, will map and document these changes in philanthropy, their causes, and their possible effects. It will also propose policies that will support and stimulate a sustainable, diverse, vibrant and equitable independent sector as it faces these changes.
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Grants to this Grantee
for a new paradigm for utility wildfire safety in California
The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment’s mission is to produce breakthrough environmental knowledge and solutions that sustain people and planet today and for generations to come. This grant supports the institute’s ability to identify more effective utility wildfire safety solutions in California, which is critical to achieving both wildfire resilience and climate goals. (Substrategy: Wildfire)
for the Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons project
Former secretary of state George Shultz’s Toward a World Free of Nuclear weapons project has renewed and catalyzed worldwide interest in reestablishing the vision of, and taking steps toward, significant reductions in global nuclear arsenals and their ultimate elimination. In the coming year, Secretary Shultz, renowned physicist Sidney Drell, and former Ambassador James Goodby plan to enlist the support of countries that have nuclear weapons capabilities and those that are potential nuclear weapon states to encourage step-by-step progress toward a reduction in the role of nuclear weapons worldwide. Such steps could include beginning joint aerial monitoring for nuclear weapons testing and developing methods to encourage active participation of the nine nuclear weapons states in accelerating disarmament.
for the Woods Institute Leopold Fellowship
This grant to the Woods Institute at Stanford University would provide communication training to outstanding scientists working in a broad range of environmental fields. The goal is to impart the skills necessary for scientists to translate their knowledge in non-academic settings in a manner that is understandable to decision makers, media, and the public.