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 Teams Up With Institutional Investors to Fight Climate Change

Philanthropy Teams Up With Institutional Investors to Fight Climate Change

Tracey Durning   |   September 18, 2017

Tracey Durning, executive director of the Planet Heritage Foundation, argues that as governments become less willing to bankroll transformative change, innovative funding mechanisms will be a critical component of our efforts to address climate change....

The Long Haul: Lessons From Charitable Responses to Previous Disasters

The Long Haul: Lessons From Charitable Responses to Previous Disasters

Michael Seltzer   |   September 12, 2017

Michael Seltzer shares lessons learned from the responses to disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti about the importance of small acts of kindness, investing in both relief and rebuilding efforts, supporting community-based organizations, and addressing underlying factors that contribute to a disaster's destructive impact....

Mobilizing Community College Students to Protect Our Democracy

Mobilizing Community College Students to Protect Our Democracy

Catalina Ruiz-Healy   |   August 24, 2017

Ruiz-Healy, vice president at the Rappaport Family Foundation, calls for mobilizing students in their communities to ensure that government and other institutions are accountable to everybody — not just the privileged few....

Colombia's Peace Accord: Philanthropy Must Not Miss the Boat

Colombia's Peace Accord: Philanthropy Must Not Miss the Boat

Juan David Ferreira, Merybell Reynoso   |   August 4, 2017

Juan David Ferreira and Merybell Reynoso, consultants for Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales y Familiares-AFE Colombia and the SDG Philanthropy Platform, call on funders to play a leading role in helping create the conditions needed to forge a lasting peace in Colombia....

What Is at Stake, and Why Philanthropy Must Respond

What Is at Stake, and Why Philanthropy Must Respond

Gary Bass, Mark Rosenman   |   July 28, 2017

Gary D. Bass and Mark Rosenman argue that more support is needed to counter actions that undermine democratic norms, roll back safety-net protections, and end efforts to protect the health of the nation and the planet....

Funders Taking on Mass Deportation and Mass Incarceration

Funders Taking on Mass Deportation and Mass Incarceration

Timothy Silard   |   June 30, 2017

Timothy P. Silard, president of the Rosenberg Foundation, calls on funders to fight back against the narrative that paints immigrants as criminals and instead lift up who they really are — neighbors, family members, and friends who add tremendous value to our country and our communities....

President's Budget Proposal Targets Foundations

President's Budget Proposal Targets Foundations

Tim Delaney   |   June 14, 2017

Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, argues that the White House budget blueprint silently, yet effectively, targets private philanthropy as the fallback subsidy for government programs that would be downsized or eliminated....

A Call for Inflection Point Funding

A Call for Inflection Point Funding

Peter Sloane   |   May 31, 2017

Peter Sloane, chairman and CEO of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, argues that inflection point funding enables the philanthropic community to identify, fix, and/or strengthen broken rungs on the ladder out of poverty....

Nonprofits, Partisan Politics, and Tax Policy

Nonprofits, Partisan Politics, and Tax Policy

Mark Rosenman   |   May 18, 2017

Mark Rosenman, a professor emeritus at the Union Institute & University, argues that repeal of the Johnson Amendment is not in the interest of either the charitable sector or the nation....