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.

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....

How We Can Uncover Childhood Health Outcomes Over a Lifetime

How We Can Uncover Childhood Health Outcomes Over a Lifetime

Kerry Anne McGeary   |   October 4, 2016

Kerry Anne McGeary, a senior program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, argues for the development of a national birth cohort study that would support efforts to address the social determinants of health....

Generation Indigenous: Why Native American Youth Can't Wait

Generation Indigenous: Why Native American Youth Can't Wait

Edgar Villanueva   |   September 1, 2016

Edgar Villanueva, vice chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy, urges funders to support efforts to empower Native youth through employment, access to a quality education, and tribal capacity building....

Foundation Transparency: Game Over?

Foundation Transparency: Game Over?

Brad Smith   |   July 6, 2016

Foundation Center president Brad Smith argues that the release by the Internal Revenue Service of foundation 990-PF (and 990) tax returns as machine-readable open data will fuel greater collaboration between peer organizations, innovation, the merging of previous disparate bodies of data, better philanthropy, and a stronger social sector....

Investing in Black Men and Boys Strengthens Our Cities

Investing in Black Men and Boys Strengthens Our Cities

William C. Bell, Clarence Anthony, and William A. Bell, Sr.   |   June 30, 2016

Casey Family Programs CEO William C. Bell, the National League of Cities' Clarence Anthony, and Birmingham mayor William A. Bell, Sr. call on philanthropies to focus their resources and influence on the neighborhoods where our most vulnerable citizens live....

Mission-Driven Architecture

Mission-Driven Architecture

Sharon Davis   |   June 17, 2016

Sharon Davis, founding principal of a firm committed to mission-driven architecture, argues that communities in developing countries would be better served if architects and their NGO partners thought differently about how projects are budgeted....