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.

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....

Raising the Next Generation of Givers

Raising the Next Generation of Givers

Ami Nahshon   |   November 10, 2015

Creating a legacy of shared family giving is one of the best available ways of preparing future generations for leadership roles in their communities, writes nonprofit consultant Ami Nahshon....

Consortial Leadership to Scale and Sustain Innovation

Consortial Leadership to Scale and Sustain Innovation

Anne W. Bezbatchenko, Loni M. Bordoloi   |   October 6, 2015

Scaling change. Short- and long-term impact. Indicators of success. Dissemination. Effect. Sustainability. Foundation officers frequently utter these phrases. In most cases, these words reflect a heartfelt concern for change in the desired area, and, to be sure, big bucks often are put behind such efforts....

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....