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.

Change Management From the Inside Out

Change Management From the Inside Out

Susan Danish   |   August 20, 2015

I have been thinking a lot about change lately. It's no secret that external change is often the enemy of an organization's long-term impact. Think changes in public policy. Trends in fundraising. Challenges to mission. Shifts in consumer sentiment....

Corporate Social Responsibility: Empowerment Is Key

Corporate Social Responsibility: Empowerment Is Key

Sophia Stransky   |   August 17, 2015

Businesses understand the importance of giving back to their communities; research has shown that in order to earn trust in the communities where they work, corporations should start by doing "good business that has a positive societal impact".... 

Why Venture Philanthropy Is the Future of Giving

Why Venture Philanthropy Is the Future of Giving

Bruce Dewar   |   August 13, 2015

For decades, the formula has remained unchanged: donors give to charities, nonprofits, and other social purpose organizations...and organizations, in turn, use those donations to run their programs and offer services in their communities....

Philanthropy's Difficult Dance With Inequality

Philanthropy's Difficult Dance With Inequality

Brad Smith   |   July 7, 2015

America's foundations do not easily use the word "inequality." This may seem surprising in the wake of the Ford Foundation's recent announcement that it will refocus 100 percent of its grantmaking on "inequality in all its forms," but perhaps it shouldn't....

Restoring Eyesight: Leveraging Tech to Empower People

Restoring Eyesight: Leveraging Tech to Empower People

Jennie Phillips, Kate Maguire, Shirley R. Steinberg, Shujaat Wasty   |   June 30, 2015

Jadi Begum Bi lives in a small mud house near Sargodha, Pakistan. She may never meet Shakil Khan, a member of a displaced community near Syedpur, Bangladesh, or Raju Sharma, a laborer in Patna, India. They all have one thing in common, though....

The Future of 'Community' for Community Foundations

The Future of 'Community' for Community Foundations

Emmett D. Carson   |   June 15, 2015

Community foundations have existed for more than a hundred years by adhering to a simple proposition: they exist to serve their local communities. Today, this proposition is being challenged by an increasingly global, twenty-first century mindset....

Narrowing the Excellence Gap Requires a Multifaceted Approach

Narrowing the Excellence Gap Requires a Multifaceted Approach

Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn   |   May 20, 2015

Changing demographics means we will be able to tap the most diverse workforce in the history of the world....However, we continue to overlook one of our most promising talent pools: high-achieving, low-income students....

Calling the Piper's Tune

Calling the Piper's Tune

Mark Rosenman   |   May 1, 2015

Nonprofit endorsements for sale? That might be the takeaway when more than thirty charities in the District of Columbia write to government regulators in support of a popularly opposed regulatory action sought by a local funder....

Want To Improve Health?  Help People Use and Share Their Data

Want To Improve Health? Help People Use and Share Their Data

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey   |   April 10, 2015

In 1823, a young French physician, Pierre Charles Alexandre Louis, published a controversial article urging doctors to compile, share, and study statistics about their patients. He said that by recognizing larger trends across a community, physicians could more effectively treat individual patients....

Why 'Crowdfunding' Government Is a Bad Idea

Why 'Crowdfunding' Government Is a Bad Idea

Mark Rosenman   |   March 11, 2015

Increasingly, government is competing with charities for private-sector donations using crowdfunding and other individual donor-focused techniques. That's a problem not just for nonprofits, but for all who depend on government to address our shared needs....

Shifting the Discourse Around Black Men and Boys

Shifting the Discourse Around Black Men and Boys

Rashid Shabazz   |   February 26, 2015

In February 2015, the Open Society Foundations officially spun off the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) with a five-year seed grant aimed at realizing a long-term commitment to addressing a multi-generational problem....