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.

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....

Finding Our Place in a Post-Election Society…or, To Live Together, We Must Give Together

Finding Our Place in a Post-Election Society…or, To Live Together, We Must Give Together

Felicia Herman, Joelle Asaro Berman   |   January 20, 2017

Felicia Herman, executive director of Natan and founder and incoming advisory board chair of Amplifier, and Joelle Asaro Berman, executive director at Amplifier, argue that at fraught national moments like these, giving circles can help us find meaning in our lives by empowering us to give with others in ways that reflect our values....

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....