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 kyoko.uchida@candid.org.

Participatory design approaches to impact investing

Participatory design approaches to impact investing

John Gaventa, Sean Hinton August 17, 2020

Sean Hinton, co-director of the Economic Justice Program at the Open Society Foundations and CEO of the Soros Economic Development Fund, and John Gaventa, a professor at the Institute of Development Studies, outline how an effective participatory approach could be integrated throughout the life-cycle of an impact investment....

60 percent of teens are not thriving: it's time to prioritize teen mental health and well-being

60 percent of teens are not thriving: it's time to prioritize teen mental health and well-being

Benjamin F. Miller, Denise Dougherty August 5, 2020

Miller, a psychologist and chief strategy officer of Well Being Trust, and Dougherty, a senior scholar in residence at AcademyHealth, call for promoting teen-focused health policies at all levels of government and enacting solutions that address existing gaps, from education and digital life to teen welfare and foster care....

Leading in solidarity to reshape the nonprofit ecosystem

Leading in solidarity to reshape the nonprofit ecosystem

Allandra Bulger, Donna Murray-Brown, Madhavi Reddy, Shamyle Dobbs, Yodit Mesfin Johnson July 29, 2020

Five women of color leading five organizations deeply embedded in the nonprofit ecosystem of Detroit and southeast Michigan share their insights into what it means to work in solidarity, starting with the recognition that the missions, needs, and survivability of community-based nonprofits are interconnected....

Uplifting the LGBTQ+ community in the nonprofit sector

Uplifting the LGBTQ+ community in the nonprofit sector

Viet VoPham July 24, 2020

VoPham, a marketing specialist at Candid, outlines some of the things organizations can do to support LGBTQ+ equality, racial and gender justice, and an America where all people, regardless of skin color or sexual orientation, can realize their full potential....

We need more than COVID charity; it’s time for systems change

We need more than COVID charity; it’s time for systems change

Laura Gerald, Rhett Mabry July 7, 2020

The presidents of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Duke Endowment call on foundations, government, and business leaders to continue to work together beyond the COVID-19 crisis to advance systemic changes and address disparities among communities of color, rural residents, elders, children, and families with low incomes, starting with access to quality, affordable health insurance and care....

Uniting to protect and empower women Is everyone's responsibility

Uniting to protect and empower women Is everyone's responsibility

S. Mona Sinha June 24, 2020

The board chair of Women Moving Millions calls for trust-based investment in grassroots organizations led by women who are proximate to the issues rooted in gender discrimination as the only long-term, sustainable answer to centuries of patriarchy and white privilege....

The solution for saving mom-and-pop businesses

The solution for saving mom-and-pop businesses

John Hamilton June 9, 2020

The vice president of economic opportunity at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund calls for mobilizing private capital to help small businesses — especially those led by women and people of color — and urges impact investors to look to CDFIs....

COVID-19 is prompting a global response from impact investors

COVID-19 is prompting a global response from impact investors

Giselle Leung June 5, 2020

Leung, a managing director of the Global Impact Investing Network, argues that the global post-pandemic recovery will require the full spectrum of capital, from philanthropic to commercial, and blended-finance structures — long noted for their potential to bring different types of investors together to address urgent challenges — could rise to a new level of prominence....

Why Philanthropy Can't Forget About CBOs in a Public Health Crisis

Why Philanthropy Can't Forget About CBOs in a Public Health Crisis

Carmen Perez, Jasmine Dellafosse May 21, 2020

The president and CEO and the senior regional organizer at The Gathering for Justice urge grantmakers to think of community-based organizations as not only as vital community resources but as thought partners who know what vulnerable populations want and need....

The Nonprofit Sector and the 'Shake Shack Effect'

The Nonprofit Sector and the 'Shake Shack Effect'

Deepa Iyer, Frances Kunreuther May 11, 2020

According to Iyer and Kunreuther, foundations can do more to address the racial disparities laid bare by the pandemic by scaling organizations that are most proximate to needs in vulnerable communities while increasing their support for organizing and power-building strategies....

Philanthropy's Moment: Advocating for and Funding What's Essential

Philanthropy's Moment: Advocating for and Funding What's Essential

Andrew Wolk May 6, 2020

The CEO of Root Cause urges foundations to communicate their commitment to maintaining funding for grantees over an extended period of time and to even tap endowments to provide support for frontline responders and direct service providers....