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.

Philanthropy's Role in Creating Tomorrow

Philanthropy's Role in Creating Tomorrow

Trista Harris   |   May 18, 2016

Minnesota Council on Foundations president Trista Harris argues that to create the future we want for our communities, foundations need to "stop loving the problem," "look" ahead to anticipate and prepare for change, and "go" forth and pilot new ideas....

Invest in Community College Students; Transform Our Communities

Invest in Community College Students; Transform Our Communities

Catalina Ruiz-Healy   |   April 27, 2016

Rappaport Family Foundation VP Catalina Ruiz-Healy argues that targeted investments in community colleges can help move the needle on social justice issues such as immigration reform, educational equity, racial and economic inequality, health care reform, and community revitalization....

A Cure for HIV: Cracking the Code

A Cure for HIV: Cracking the Code

Kevin Robert Frost   |   April 1, 2016

After years of incremental progress, we have reached a critical juncture in our quest to find a cure for HIV, one of the most deadly viruses of our time, writes Kevin Robert Frost, chief executive officer at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research....

Expanding the Social Impact Toolbox

Expanding the Social Impact Toolbox

Maya Winkelstein   |   March 24, 2016

In 1964, the Beatles famously sang, "Money can't buy me love." In philanthropy, the refrain frequently goes: "Money can't buy me impact." Like love, impact — the tangible outcomes we seek as philanthropists — isn't something that can be bought....

Mind the Gap – How Philanthropy Can Address Gender-Based Economic Disparities

Mind the Gap – How Philanthropy Can Address Gender-Based Economic Disparities

Aleyamma Mathew, William Cordery   |   March 15, 2016

March 15 marks the 107th observance of International Women's Day. But we'll have to wait until the 150th observance, write the Surdna Foundation's William Cordery and the Ms. Foundation for Women's Aleyamma Mathew, for the wage gap between men and women to be closed for good....

If Philanthropy Won’t Take Risks, Who Will?

If Philanthropy Won’t Take Risks, Who Will?

Lateefah Simon   |   March 9, 2016

Lateefah Simon, program director at the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation, argues that true equity and social justice cannot be achieved without serious investments by social justice funders in risky ideas and ventures....

Disaster Philanthropy: What Matters

Disaster Philanthropy: What Matters

Brad Smith   |   January 25, 2016

Few foundations think of themselves as disaster funders...until the next disaster strikes. Their desire to be strategic and have impact leads them to shun program areas and ways of working that are reactive in nature....

For-Profit Prison Industry Not a Smart Investment

For-Profit Prison Industry Not a Smart Investment

Daniel Zingale   |   January 11, 2016

If there's an adjective that defines our era, it's "smart." Smartphones, smart cars, smart policy, you name it. We live in a time when people expect and demand that everything in their lives operate intelligently, transparently, and with an adherence to common sense....

Ensuring Sustainability for Philanthropic Investments With Data

Ensuring Sustainability for Philanthropic Investments With Data

Verna Eggleston   |   December 22, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies' Verna Eggleston explains how the recently launched Equal Footing portal can boost the impact of philanthropic investments and ensure the sustainability of development efforts in Central Africa....