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.

On the Road to an Aging America

On the Road to an Aging America

Robin Talbert   |   March 16, 2007

We've arrived in the twenty-first century living longer, healthier lives than ever before, which is cause for celebration. It means we've put science and technology to good use....

It's Time to Reassess Venture Philanthropy 2.0

It's Time to Reassess Venture Philanthropy 2.0

Susan Herr   |   February 28, 2007

During the heady days of the Internet Revolution, venture philanthropy became a darling of the business press. Pierre Omidyar was lauded on the cover of Forbes  and Christine Letts was keynoting corporate CEO gatherings across the country....

America's Growing Poverty Crisis Must Become a National Priority

America's Growing Poverty Crisis Must Become a National Priority

Larry Snyder   |   January 25, 2007

The promise of America has been that if you work hard, you can provide a better life for yourself and your family. Unfortunately, too many people in this country are working hard but falling further behind with the dream of a better tomorrow deferred....

Nonprofits at the Nexus of Free Speech and Public Policy

Nonprofits at the Nexus of Free Speech and Public Policy

Tiziana Dearing   |   December 21, 2006

With Election Day 2006 now history and the future fraught with possibility, it's time for nonprofits and foundations to consider their position with respect to the nexus of free speech, public policy, and tax-exempt status....

Framing Foundations' Future in the 110th Congress

Framing Foundations' Future in the 110th Congress

Steve Gunderson   |   November 29, 2006

If one word can define the new Congress's attitude toward our sector it is "partnership." When Congressman Becerra spoke to the Community Foundations Conference in Boston earlier this fall, he conveyed the message that legislators will help philanthropy grow if...

Grantmakers, Nonprofit Boards Can Help Prevent Executive Burnout

Grantmakers, Nonprofit Boards Can Help Prevent Executive Burnout

Julie Rogers   |   November 9, 2006

Even under the best circumstances, serving as the executive director of a nonprofit organization is a challenge. Executive directors are expected to have programmatic expertise, fundraising skills, and financial acumen....

What Recent Tax Law Reforms Mean for Art Donors

What Recent Tax Law Reforms Mean for Art Donors

Bill Fleming   |   October 25, 2006

Over the past several years, Congress has grown increasingly concerned about "loopholes" in charitable contribution deductions. These concerns have been fueled, in part, by IRS audit results and articles in the mainstream press....

Corporate Funders Should Entrust Arts Funding to Their Employees

Corporate Funders Should Entrust Arts Funding to Their Employees

Mary Pickard   |   October 18, 2006

Corporate philanthropy serves shareholders, employees, customers, and communities. Supporting the cultural heritage of the company's hometown and embracing the way in which one's community is changing are key to building goodwill....

Empowering the Arts for America's Future

Empowering the Arts for America's Future

Christopher Schram   |   October 10, 2006

At some point in their childhood, artists exhibit specific talents or express an interest in developing one. Parents go to work finding teachers, schools, and summer camps that provide training and nurturing....

Marrying Culture and Commerce in Today's Museums

Marrying Culture and Commerce in Today's Museums

Patricia Mooradian   |   September 28, 2006

Museum leaders today must fight a two-front war — the well-known mission battle and the financial stability and growth battle. Finding a balance between the two requires uniting culture and commerce....

Katrina, One Year Later: What Have We Learned?

Katrina, One Year Later: What Have We Learned?

Tiziana Dearing   |   August 29, 2006

Some anniversaries are decidedly inauspicious but must be observed anyway. Such is the case with Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast a year ago, killing more than 1,600 people and causing economic losses approaching $140 billion....

Nonprofit 2.0: Advancing Philanthropy Online

Nonprofit 2.0: Advancing Philanthropy Online

Keith Taylor   |   August 27, 2006

It sometimes seems as though the Internet impacts virtually every aspect of our lives. We bank, we shop, we socialize, and now we donate online. Over the past few years, the nonprofit community has embraced the Internet to reach more donors and has effectively used technology to make giving easier and more convenient....