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.

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Tiziana Dearing   |   March 25, 2008

I recently became president of a $40 million social service agency in eastern Massachusetts. Six months into the job, I have come to a conclusion....

Strengthening Communities and Democracy in the Digital Age

Strengthening Communities and Democracy in the Digital Age

Alberto Ibargüen   |   October 10, 2007

Media is all around us, yet communities are challenged to deliver news and information to defined geographic areas. If that sounds suspiciously like what newspapers do in a community, it's not an accident....

To Integrate Society, Re-Engage the Community

To Integrate Society, Re-Engage the Community

C. Eugene Steuerle   |   July 17, 2007

Louisville, Kentucky, is a nice town. I'm biased — I grew up there. It's not South, North, East, or West, but a bit of all four. It is home to horse racing and bourbon, but also to the world's largest producer of Braille books and the Louisville Slugger baseball bat....

To Alleviate Poverty, Is It Better to Lend Than to Give?

To Alleviate Poverty, Is It Better to Lend Than to Give?

Bart Victor   |   June 28, 2007

Recent news highlights an apparent paradox at the heart of the relationship between business and poverty. Pawnshops, payday lenders, and other "fringe" lenders to the poor are often considered predatory at worst and vaguely unsavory at best....

Modern Philanthropy: The Challenge of Effectiveness

Modern Philanthropy: The Challenge of Effectiveness

Maxwell King   |   May 18, 2007

One hundred years ago, Andrew Carnegie famously declared that a person who died rich, died disgraced. Then he proceeded to change the nature of philanthropy in America and the Western world....

Beyond Optimism: Success in Our Lifetime

Beyond Optimism: Success in Our Lifetime

William C. Bell   |   May 11, 2007

If asked, most of us in the human services field would likely suggest that we are optimists. It is hard to imagine any of us dedicating our professional careers to improving child and family outcomes if we thought the situation was hopeless....

Crumbs for Children?

Crumbs for Children?

C. Eugene Steuerle   |   April 20, 2007

Kids are a priority in almost every family's budget. From the moment we hold our newborns in our arms, feeding, clothing, housing, and educating them trumps everything else. But in the federal budget, the reverse is true....

Helping Indigenous Peoples Benefit From Philanthropy

Helping Indigenous Peoples Benefit From Philanthropy

Rebecca Adamson   |   March 27, 2007

Indigenous Peoples have a combined population that is greater than that of the entire United States and live in more than ninety countries, yet they are invisible to most of the developed world....

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....