Commentary and Opinion

Philanthropy News Digest invites opinion and commentary on topics of importance to the philanthropic sector. For more information, contact Kyoko Uchida, PND's features editor, at kyu@foundationcenter.org.

Fit to Fund: Who Should Pay to Raise Standards for Good Financial Grant Practice?

Fit to Fund: Who Should Pay to Raise Standards for Good Financial Grant Practice?

Michael Kilpatrick   |   December 11, 2019

Funders have a right to expect that their nonprofit grantees have systems and structures in place to manage grants effectively and ethically, writes Kilpatrick. Does that also mean they have a responsibility to invest in the grant management capabilities of they organizations they entrust with funds?

When Less Is More: Cities Unlock the Potential of Micro-Philanthropy

When Less Is More: Cities Unlock the Potential of Micro-Philanthropy

Myung J. Lee, Ras J. Baraka   |   December 5, 2019

The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and the executive director of Cities of Service argue that a citizen-led microgrant program allows for a more accurate identification of the challenges that people in a community want to see addressed....

Building the Community We'd Like to See

Building the Community We'd Like to See

Patrick M. McCarthy   |   August 15, 2019

McCarthy, who retired in December as president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, explains why the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund represents a commitment to the that city's most important resource: its young people....

Open Educational Resources: A Viable Alternative in a Changing Landscape

Open Educational Resources: A Viable Alternative in a Changing Landscape

Ryan Erickson-Kulas   |   August 6, 2019

Erickson-Kulas, a program officer at the Michelson 20MM Foundation, explains how the consolidation of publishers could drive up textbook prices and calls on philanthropic funders to invest in open educational resources (OER) — freely licensed materials such as textbooks, tests, and software that reside in the public domain....