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.

Forging Partnerships to Fight HIV/AIDS in the United States

Forging Partnerships to Fight HIV/AIDS in the United States

Vignetta Charles   |   June 2, 2011

Too often, I hear AIDS referred to as the "forgotten epidemic." With more than one million people living with HIV in the U.S., nearly 60,000 new infections occurring each year, and nearly 640,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, now is not the time for forgetting.....

Young Kids Need to Learn About Social Entrepreneurship

Young Kids Need to Learn About Social Entrepreneurship

Lisa Novick   |   May 18, 2011

Who among us hasn't looked at a child and wondered, "What will she be when she grows up?" And who hasn't also thought, "What can we do so our kids get the education, resources, and life experiences they need to discover their life's calling?..."

The Vital Role of Business in Addressing Societal Challenges

The Vital Role of Business in Addressing Societal Challenges

Robert L. Smith   |   May 3, 2011

Eli Lilly and Company is changing the way we think about corporate responsibility. In the past, we generally focused our efforts on a set of financial obligations, primarily cash and product donations. However, our approach is changing, and for the better....

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Tiziana C. Dearing   |   March 17, 2011

Statistics about poverty in the United States are alarming. And given the recent history of intergenerational progress among the poor, foundations and philanthropists alike should be asking, "Where's the impact?"...

Philanthropy's Role in Supporting Young Adults

Philanthropy's Role in Supporting Young Adults

Peter Kleinbard   |   March 5, 2011

Private philanthropy has long addressed gaps in our nation's social safety net, funding new work that later shapes changes in how public dollars are spent. Perhaps no aspect of these efforts is more consequential than support to help young adults transition to....

Six Key Trends Transforming Jewish Philanthropy

Six Key Trends Transforming Jewish Philanthropy

Lisa Eisen   |   February 11, 2011

Today, with the benefit of hindsight and a slowly rebounding economy, it is clear that while the financial crisis had a painful impact on giving, it did not provoke an abrupt reversal of course. Rather, it accelerated tectonic shifts already well under way in philanthropy....

Achieving Real Justice: Funding Criminal Justice Reform

Achieving Real Justice: Funding Criminal Justice Reform

Timothy Silard   |   January 18, 2011

An ambitious, multiyear plan to reduce the number of women behind bars...a major push to expand job opportunities for Californians with past convictions by advocating with major businesses and state government to change hiring practices....

Volunteering to Change the World

Volunteering to Change the World

Michelle Nunn   |   November 18, 2010

At the Points of Light Institute we believe in tapping into the power of people through service. At the core of this theory of change is our conviction that supporting the participation of young people in volunteering and service is critical....

How Better Data Will Shape the Future of Social Problem Solving

How Better Data Will Shape the Future of Social Problem Solving

Andrew Wolk, Colette Stanzler   |   November 11, 2010

We are on the brink of a sea change in how we generate and use data to address social problems and change is exactly what we need. Although significant data on social issues exist, much of it is either not publicly available or is not action oriented. Indeed, quality information about nonprofit performance is scarce and not typically standardized to make it possible to compare organizations working on the same social issue. As a result, we don't know whether the billions of dollars invested annually in nonprofit organizations by the public and private sectors is achieving the desired results or even any results at all....

Opera's Continued Growth

Opera's Continued Growth

Melanie Feilotter   |   October 29, 2010

Opera is not a quiet endeavor, particularly during National Opera Week, when companies take to the streets with events such as "Pop-Up Opera," free dress rehearsals open to high-school students, and performances in libraries....

Defending Civil Liberties for Generations to Come

Defending Civil Liberties for Generations to Come

Donna McKay   |   September 15, 2010

Five years ago, in response to an unprecedented assault on civil liberties by the Bush administration that made a mockery of the Constitution and the rule of law through such practices as torture, indefinite detention, and illegal government spying....