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.

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....

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....