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.

Think Medical Research, But Think Smart

Think Medical Research, But Think Smart

Margaret Anderson   |   November 2, 2011

We all know that philanthropic capital is uniquely positioned to play a powerful role in medical research. But fewer of us are aware of the importance of appropriately leveraged capital in creating impact and advancing promising research....

Mobile Giving: From Grassroots Beginnings to a Promising Future

Mobile Giving: From Grassroots Beginnings to a Promising Future

Jim Manis   |   August 26, 2011

Every year, in late August, many of us in the nonprofit community are reminded of the tragedy that struck our nation on August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana and caused catastrophic damage to the Gulf coastline....

Business, Poverty, and a New Value Equation

Business, Poverty, and a New Value Equation

Barbara Dyer   |   July 18, 2011

In many communities, economic recovery feels very far away. Millions of Americans see little hope of joining, or rejoining, the economic mainstream. Part of the solution to their predicament requires a reformulation of how businesses define value.....

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....