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.

A Philanthropist Reviews 'The Philanthropist'

A Philanthropist Reviews 'The Philanthropist'

Diana Campoamor   |   July 31, 2009

I'm determined to give NBC's new show, The Philanthropist,a fair chance. Sure, I've seen the first episodes. Did it perfectly reflect the reality of the majority of the philanthropists we represent or work with? Probably not....

The Changing Role of Philanthropy and Aging

The Changing Role of Philanthropy and Aging

J. Barry Griswell   |   July 15, 2009

An estimated 77 million Americans are part of the "baby boom" generation. We are in our late fifties and early sixties, thinking about retirement but not wanting to retire from a life with purpose. We face a choice between "aging" and "saging"....

Challenge to Our Workforce: Young Adults and Low Literacy

Challenge to Our Workforce: Young Adults and Low Literacy

Peter Kleinbard   |   July 7, 2009

Nearly 70 percent of youth who drop out of school have poor literacy and other core skills. Indeed, this is the primary reason why they leave school. Yet most funding for dropouts is targeted to those who are most job ready.... 

Students Face Uncertainty After Graduation

Students Face Uncertainty After Graduation

Stacie Spector   |   June 5, 2009

As state funds for education continue to decline, public universities and community colleges increasingly must rely on supplemental funding....

Nonprofit Learnings From For-Profits

Nonprofit Learnings From For-Profits

Cass Wheeler   |   March 13, 2009

Even in these economically uncertain times, nonprofits can learn much from the business community. There are simple ways to apply beneficial for-profit principles while maintaining a nonprofit culture....

Why Charities Need to Start Thinking Beyond Donor-Advised Funds

Why Charities Need to Start Thinking Beyond Donor-Advised Funds

Susan Saxon-Harrold   |   December 19, 2008

These are tough times for charities. Part of the problem is that individuals with donor-advised funds (DAFs) have less to contribute. Others who have been contemplating the creation of DAFs are getting cold feet in the face of a slumping stock market....

Finding the Voice of Hope in the Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Finding the Voice of Hope in the Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Gary Cunningham   |   July 18, 2008

We've all seen the news stories and read the reports: People across the country are struggling to makes ends meet. It seems as though every month there are two or three studies or opinion polls that reaffirm what we at NAF have witnessed ourselves... 

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....