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.

Support Children and Youth to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Support Children and Youth to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Neil Ghosh   |   May 28, 2020

It's too early to say what the social, economic, and psychological damage caused by this pandemic will be, writes Ghosh, but we do know that children and youth are integral to a full recovery....

Why Philanthropy Can't Forget About CBOs in a Public Health Crisis

Why Philanthropy Can't Forget About CBOs in a Public Health Crisis

Carmen Perez, Jasmine Dellafosse   |   May 21, 2020

The president and CEO and the senior regional organizer at The Gathering for Justice urge grantmakers to think of community-based organizations as not only as vital community resources but as thought partners who know what vulnerable populations want and need....

The Nonprofit Sector and the 'Shake Shack Effect'

The Nonprofit Sector and the 'Shake Shack Effect'

Deepa Iyer, Frances Kunreuther   |   May 11, 2020

According to Iyer and Kunreuther, foundations can do more to address the racial disparities laid bare by the pandemic by scaling organizations that are most proximate to needs in vulnerable communities while increasing their support for organizing and power-building strategies....

Philanthropy's Moment: Advocating for and Funding What's Essential

Philanthropy's Moment: Advocating for and Funding What's Essential

Andrew Wolk   |   May 6, 2020

The CEO of Root Cause urges foundations to communicate their commitment to maintaining funding for grantees over an extended period of time and to even tap endowments to provide support for frontline responders and direct service providers....

4 Design Essentials to Spark Lasting Change

4 Design Essentials to Spark Lasting Change

Jessica Anderson, Talia Milgrom-Elcott   |   April 6, 2020

Many of the challenges we face are too large and too complex to be solved by any individual organization working alone, write Milgrom-Elcott and Anderson, but most funding flows to individual organizations; this mismatch is a key reason why progress too often stalls....

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....