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.

With Social and Emotional Learning, All Kids Have a Chance to Thrive

With Social and Emotional Learning, All Kids Have a Chance to Thrive

Jennifer Buffett   |   November 29, 2016

As school administrators begin to understand that teaching at students is not enough, more and more of them, writes the NoVo Foundation's Jennifer Buffett, are embracing social and emotional learning (SEL) as a proven strategy for improving student performance.... 

Advancing Women's Economic Security

Advancing Women's Economic Security

Cynthia Nimmo   |   October 7, 2016

Cynthia Nimmo, president/CEO of the Women's Funding Network, introduces an Economic Security Digital Storytelling Platform that highlights the powerful stories of the leaders, programs, and organizations that are driving positive change for women....

How We Can Uncover Childhood Health Outcomes Over a Lifetime

How We Can Uncover Childhood Health Outcomes Over a Lifetime

Kerry Anne McGeary   |   October 4, 2016

Kerry Anne McGeary, a senior program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, argues for the development of a national birth cohort study that would support efforts to address the social determinants of health....

Generation Indigenous: Why Native American Youth Can't Wait

Generation Indigenous: Why Native American Youth Can't Wait

Edgar Villanueva   |   September 1, 2016

Edgar Villanueva, vice chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy, urges funders to support efforts to empower Native youth through employment, access to a quality education, and tribal capacity building....

Foundation Transparency: Game Over?

Foundation Transparency: Game Over?

Brad Smith   |   July 6, 2016

Foundation Center president Brad Smith argues that the release by the Internal Revenue Service of foundation 990-PF (and 990) tax returns as machine-readable open data will fuel greater collaboration between peer organizations, innovation, the merging of previous disparate bodies of data, better philanthropy, and a stronger social sector....

Investing in Black Men and Boys Strengthens Our Cities

Investing in Black Men and Boys Strengthens Our Cities

William C. Bell, Clarence Anthony, and William A. Bell, Sr.   |   June 30, 2016

Casey Family Programs CEO William C. Bell, the National League of Cities' Clarence Anthony, and Birmingham mayor William A. Bell, Sr. call on philanthropies to focus their resources and influence on the neighborhoods where our most vulnerable citizens live....

Mission-Driven Architecture

Mission-Driven Architecture

Sharon Davis   |   June 17, 2016

Sharon Davis, founding principal of a firm committed to mission-driven architecture, argues that communities in developing countries would be better served if architects and their NGO partners thought differently about how projects are budgeted....

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 educational equity, racial and economic inequality, and community revitalization....