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.

Strategic Collaboration: Leveraging Dollars for Impact

Strategic Collaboration: Leveraging Dollars for Impact

Elaine E. Katz   |   March 22, 2018

While foundations have warmed up to the idea of public/private partnerships, too many programs still depend on uni-dimensional funding models that fail to produce meaningful change, writes Katz....

Building City Leadership to Combat Human Trafficking

Building City Leadership to Combat Human Trafficking

Catherine Chen   |   February 22, 2018

Catherine Chen, director of investments at Humanity United, explains what her organization will be doing to help three U.S. cities — Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis — address the problem of human trafficking....

At What Cost 'Mission'?

At What Cost 'Mission'?

Mark Rosenman   |   January 24, 2018

In his latest, frequent contributor Mark Rosenman asks whether we should support exempt organizations' single-minded pursuit of funding for their mission if comes at the expense of the public good....

Thoughts on 'As the South Grows'

Thoughts on 'As the South Grows'

Allen Smart   |   January 9, 2018

Allen Smart, a former vice president at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Rapides Foundation, shares his thoughts on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's As the South Grows report and the need for more and better philanthropic investments in the region....

Now More Than Ever, Foundations Need to Step Up for Democracy

Now More Than Ever, Foundations Need to Step Up for Democracy

Mark Rosenman   |   December 21, 2017

Mark Rosenman, a professor emeritus at the Union Institute & University, calls on nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to build "people power" through democratic action, with robust support for democratic institutions and civic engagement....

The Worst Tax Reform That Money Can Buy

The Worst Tax Reform That Money Can Buy

Mark Rosenman   |   November 22, 2017

The House and Senate tax bills working their way through Congress are an unmitigated disaster for the social sector, argues Mark Rosenman, and charities and organized philanthropy need to speak out now — before it's too late....

SPARCC: Rewriting the Playbook on Equitable Infrastructure Investment

SPARCC: Rewriting the Playbook on Equitable Infrastructure Investment

Amy Kenyon, Chris Kabel, Sharon Z. Roerty   |   October 19, 2017

The Kresge Foundation's Chris Kabel, the Ford Foundation's Amy Kenyon, and RWJF's Sharon Z. Roerty highlight the aims of the Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge, a collaborative effort to create opportunities for low-income people and communities of color....

Once and for All: Lead-Free, Healthy Kids

Once and for All: Lead-Free, Healthy Kids

Ruth Ann Norton   |   October 11, 2017

Ruth Ann Norton, president and CEO of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, explains why community leaders and elected officials need to make lead poisoning prevention a priority....