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.

Trends and Transitions in Education Reform and Philanthropy

Trends and Transitions in Education Reform and Philanthropy

Janet Lopez   |   May 26, 2019

The most recent Benchmarking Survey from Grantmakers In Education highlights an important and difficult question, writes Lopez: How will we navigate the challenge of sharing power with those who have historically had little, especially on occasions when their ideas differ from our own?...

The Privilege and Peril of Becoming a Foundation CEO

The Privilege and Peril of Becoming a Foundation CEO

Julia Lopez, Tom David   |   May 15, 2019

Securing and promoting a "name brand" CEO may be an accepted business strategy in our celebrity-obsessed culture, write Lopez and David, but the benefit to a philanthropic foundation is difficult to gauge....

Notre-Dame de Paris: What Can Philanthropy Learn?

Notre-Dame de Paris: What Can Philanthropy Learn?

Lauren Bradford   |   May 8, 2019

The philanthropic response to the catastrophic fire at the iconic, eight-hundred-year-old cathedral is an opportunity, writes Bradford, for "greater self-reflection, education, and transparency in philanthropy"....

Taxes, Inequality, and the Public Good

Taxes, Inequality, and the Public Good

Mark Rosenman   |   May 2, 2019

Because our economic system depends on Americans having confidence in its fairness and equity, writes Rosenman, nonprofit leaders must do what they can to ensure that wealthy Americans pay their fair share of taxes....

How Philanthropy Can Catalyze Private Investment in Opportunity Zones

How Philanthropy Can Catalyze Private Investment in Opportunity Zones

Jane Campbell, Rhett Buttle, Tammy Halevy   |   March 25, 2019

Whether you're an optimist or skeptic, Opportunity Zones are here to stay, write the authors, and now is the time for philanthropy to step up and demonstrate how this new source of private capital can shape the evolving market landscape and positively impact communities in need of a boost....

Building the Power of Immigrants and Youth of Color

Building the Power of Immigrants and Youth of Color

Maricela Gutiérrez   |   January 24, 2019

Maricela Gutiérrez, the executive director of Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN), highlights the political power of new immigrant and youth voters as seen in the 2018 midterm elections and the need for ongoing community organizing, policy advocacy, and voter engagement among immigrant youth and youth of color....

Labor Trafficking — an Immigration Issue

Labor Trafficking — an Immigration Issue

Yanin Senachai   |   January 9, 2019

Yanin Senachai, a staff attorney working in the impact litigation unit at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, explains how labor trafficking is another form of exploitation enabled by glaring defects in the U.S. immigration system and why systematic reform is urgently needed....

The Migrant Crisis Isn’t Just About Migrants

The Migrant Crisis Isn’t Just About Migrants

Jeremy Ziskind   |   December 27, 2018

At their core, fights over immigration, housing policy, criminal justice reform, gun control, and tax policy are fights over who is seen and who matters, writes Ziskind. But by investing in movement-building strategies that bridge differences, funders can help create a more inclusive society that is responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable.... 

Rooted Communities: Placemaking, Placekeeping

Rooted Communities: Placemaking, Placekeeping

Andrea Caupain Sanderson   |   December 14, 2018

Andrea Caupain Sanderson, CEO of Byrd Barr Place, describes how community land trusts can help mitigate the negative impact of gentrification and displacement on African-American communities....

The Power of the Arts to Heal

The Power of the Arts to Heal

John Mullaney   |   November 29, 2018

John Mullaney, executive director of the Nord Family Foundation, highlights the role arts programming can play in addressing the trauma and sense of isolation suffered by children who have had Adverse Childhood Experiences and help them build resilience....

Philanthropy Delivers an Outcome — and Its Name Is Brett Kavanaugh

Philanthropy Delivers an Outcome — and Its Name Is Brett Kavanaugh

Bradford K. Smith   |   October 19, 2018

The foundation supporters of the Federalist Society seem to have achieved something monumental by going back to basics, writes Foundation Center president Bradford K. Smith: find an effective organization that shares your goals and provide it with steady, unrestricted, long-term support so it can do its work....