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.

Funders Taking on Mass Deportation and Mass Incarceration

Funders Taking on Mass Deportation and Mass Incarceration

Timothy Silard   |   June 30, 2017

Timothy P. Silard, president of the Rosenberg Foundation, calls on funders to fight back against the narrative that paints immigrants as criminals and instead lift up who they really are — neighbors, family members, and friends who add tremendous value to our country and our communities....

President's Budget Proposal Targets Foundations

President's Budget Proposal Targets Foundations

Tim Delaney   |   June 14, 2017

Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, argues that the White House budget blueprint silently, yet effectively, targets private philanthropy as the fallback subsidy for government programs that would be downsized or eliminated....

A Call for Inflection Point Funding

A Call for Inflection Point Funding

Peter Sloane   |   May 31, 2017

Peter Sloane, chairman and CEO of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, argues that inflection point funding enables the philanthropic community to identify, fix, and/or strengthen broken rungs on the ladder out of poverty....

Nonprofits, Partisan Politics, and Tax Policy

Nonprofits, Partisan Politics, and Tax Policy

Mark Rosenman   |   May 18, 2017

Mark Rosenman, a professor emeritus at the Union Institute & University, argues that repeal of the Johnson Amendment is not in the interest of either the charitable sector or the nation....

Saving the Affordable Care Act

Saving the Affordable Care Act

Jake Williams   |   May 15, 2017

Jake Williams, executive director of Healthier Colorado, writes that this an opportune moment to mobilize a movement around the belief that every American deserves the chance to lead a healthy life....

Support Girls of Color by Listening First

Support Girls of Color by Listening First

Jody Myrum   |   May 9, 2017

Jody Myrum, director of the NoVo Foundation's Advancing Adolescent Girls' Rights Initiative, shares what she and her colleagues learned from a year-long listening tour about funding for girls and young women of color....

The Role of Philanthropy in Preventing Health Care Harm

The Role of Philanthropy in Preventing Health Care Harm

Tejal K. Gandhi   |   May 4, 2017

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation, calls on foundations and other funders to support a coordinated national effort to safe care delivery across all aspects of the healthcare system....

Changing the Political Climate

Changing the Political Climate

Mark Rosenman   |   April 21, 2017

Mark Rosenman argues that nonprofits and charities are in the best position to do something about the polarized political climate....

The Future of African-American Philanthropy

The Future of African-American Philanthropy

Gasby Brown   |   April 12, 2017

Gasby Brown, a co-founder of Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, notes that if African Americans, who have a tradition of giving generously, weren't a fixture on nonprofits' donor rolls in the past, it may be because no one thought to ask....