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.

Coronavirus Highlights the Gaping Holes in Our Healthcare and Labor System

Coronavirus Highlights the Gaping Holes in Our Healthcare and Labor System

Carol Barton   |   March 19, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 in the United States, writes Barton, is about to bring us face-to-face with a simple fact: only fair wages, a strong social safety net, and universal paid family and medical leave will protect Americans from the worst consequences of the virus.... 

Addressing Student Debt Through Philanthropy

Addressing Student Debt Through Philanthropy

Will Abele   |   February 27, 2020

The chair of the Abele Family Foundation, who recently made an $11 million gift to Ursinus College for scholarships, urges philanthropists to think about the costs today's college students face and how they can pay forward the rewards they have received from their own education....

Looking Back on the Quest to Eliminate Trachoma

Looking Back on the Quest to Eliminate Trachoma

Danny Haddad   |   February 24, 2020

Haddad, chief of programs at Orbis International, a global nonprofit that works to transform lives through the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness, recounts how a young medical student trained in Europe ended up dedicating his life to eliminating the scourge of trachoma....

Five Things Your Agency Can Do to Deliver Results for Families

Five Things Your Agency Can Do to Deliver Results for Families

Frances Sykes, Marjorie Sims   |   January 29, 2020

The president of the Pascale Sykes Foundation and the managing director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute share five things human services agencies can do to deliver results for children in low-income families by adopting a two-generation (2Gen) approach....

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....