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.

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....

Bringing More Buffetts to the Table

Bringing More Buffetts to the Table

Carla E. Dearing   |   July 24, 2006

Warren Buffett's historic $31 billion gift to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation raises urgent questions about what the Third Sector can do to engage more wealthy individuals....

Defusing the Child Obesity Bomb

Defusing the Child Obesity Bomb

C.T. O'Donnell II   |   May 26, 2006

Ask a thousand doctors what the single greatest health challenge facing America's children today is and most won't need to think twice: Childhood obesity. In the past twenty years, the number of overweight children has tripled, and epidemiologists warn of an impending epidemic of obesity-related problems....