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.

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....

Saving the Affordable Care Act

Saving the Affordable Care Act

Jake Williams   |   May 15, 2017

Jake Williams, executive director of Healthier Colorado, writes that this an opportune moment to mobilize a movement around the belief that every American deserves the chance to lead a healthy life....

Support Girls of Color by Listening First

Support Girls of Color by Listening First

Jody Myrum   |   May 9, 2017

Jody Myrum, director of the NoVo Foundation's Advancing Adolescent Girls' Rights Initiative, shares what she and her colleagues learned from a year-long listening tour about funding for girls and young women of color....

The Role of Philanthropy in Preventing Health Care Harm

The Role of Philanthropy in Preventing Health Care Harm

Tejal K. Gandhi   |   May 4, 2017

Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation, calls on foundations and other funders to support a coordinated national effort to safe care delivery across all aspects of the healthcare system....

Changing the Political Climate

Changing the Political Climate

Mark Rosenman   |   April 21, 2017

Mark Rosenman argues that nonprofits and charities are in the best position to do something about the polarized political climate....

The Future of African-American Philanthropy

The Future of African-American Philanthropy

Gasby Brown   |   April 12, 2017

Gasby Brown, a co-founder of Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, notes that if African Americans, who have a tradition of giving generously, weren't a fixture on nonprofits' donor rolls in the past, it may be because no one thought to ask....

Philanthropy's Responsibility to Listen

Philanthropy's Responsibility to Listen

Maxwell King   |   March 8, 2017

Maxwell King, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, argues for directly engaging, and listening to, youth involved with the juvenile justice system when developing prevention and diversion programs....

With Smart Philanthropy, Anything Is Possible

With Smart Philanthropy, Anything Is Possible

Aaron Dorfman   |   February 15, 2017

Aaron Dorfman, president and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, argues that there are no limits to what philanthropy can accomplish if we dream big, take risks, and set aside our egos and look for ways to work collaboratively....