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.

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....

Hearing Health: Changing Perceptions From Ho Hum to "Code Red"

Hearing Health: Changing Perceptions From Ho Hum to "Code Red"

Christa S. Nuber, Daniel Graham   |   May 19, 2006

Hearing loss can profoundly affect one's experience of life, from the ability to communicate with others to the enjoyment of nature and one's environment. Many donors have experienced firsthand the frustration and isolation associated with hearing loss, as well as the relief and life-changing benefits of timely, quality treatment....

Social Workers in Health Care Are Not Expendable

Social Workers in Health Care Are Not Expendable

Elizabeth J. Clark   |   May 19, 2006

In March 2005, the National Association of Social Workers and six major social work organizations held a Congress of Social Work that convened four hundred of the profession's top leaders to discuss what was happening with social services in the U.S....

My Road to Help Combat HIV/AIDS in Kenya

My Road to Help Combat HIV/AIDS in Kenya

Dannette Hill   |   May 19, 2006

World Health Day meant more to me this year than it ever has. Having just returned to the U.S. after spending six months in Kenya as a Pfizer Global Health Fellow, it was a reminder of how little I knew, before I left for Nairobi, about the public health challenges the developing world faces....

Meeting in the Middle: Creating the Biomedical Workforce of the Future

Meeting in the Middle: Creating the Biomedical Workforce of the Future

Peter J. Bruns   |   May 12, 2006

Biomedical science is advancing at a record pace and undergoing fundamental changes along the way. Divisions between various branches of biology are weakening, while connections between biology and physical science, engineering, and mathematics are strengthening....

Mother's Day Can Be a Day of Mourning in the World's Poorest Countries

Mother's Day Can Be a Day of Mourning in the World's Poorest Countries

Anne Tinker, Charles MacCormack   |   May 12, 2006

It is life's most basic relationship: a mother and her newborn. Yet, as we celebrate Mother's Day in the United States, how many of us fully understand the needless tragedy that so many mothers face every day around the world the loss of their babies due to preventable causes or the lack of basic health care?...

Uzbekistan: Democratization or Business as Usual?

Uzbekistan: Democratization or Business as Usual?

Jeff Erlich   |   May 5, 2006

Shortly before being expelled from Uzbekistan, I visited the government-run AIDS center in Termez, on the border with Afghanistan. Virtually everything of value in the center's decrepit Soviet-era office bore the insignia of USAID....

We Must Finish the Job We Started

We Must Finish the Job We Started

Nancy Brinker   |   May 5, 2006

When my sister Suzy was losing her battle against breast cancer, I promised her I would do everything within my power to end the kind of suffering she and so many other women were experiencing because of breast cancer....

Time To Stop Gambling With America's Health

Time To Stop Gambling With America's Health

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey   |   April 26, 2006

I don't believe in gambling, but some days I think our leaders in Washington, D.C., do. Despite decades of warnings about the toll rising healthcare costs and the growing number of uninsured are taking on our collective health and nation's economy, our leaders continue to leave the issue of the uninsured to chance.... 

Going the Distance: The Case for Charitable Reform

Going the Distance: The Case for Charitable Reform

Diana Aviv   |   April 21, 2006

Creating major congressional reform can seem like a marathon race. Fashioning and passing comprehensive reform is an arduous process in which patience and pacing succeed where sprinting fails.... 

Early Childhood Education: Today's Investment, Tomorrow's Hope

Early Childhood Education: Today's Investment, Tomorrow's Hope

Alba Martinez   |   March 27, 2006

The verdict is in: high-quality early childhood education matters. It prepares children for success in school and in life. It can make a difference not only for the children enrolled but also for their families, for neighborhoods, for the economic viability of our region, and our state, for all of us....

Wanted: A New Delivery Mechanism for International Aid

Wanted: A New Delivery Mechanism for International Aid

Charles William Maynes   |   January 18, 2006

The recent coalition of the European Union, the United States, and Bulgaria to establish a fund to support hundreds of Libyan children infected with HIV while under the care of six Bulgarian nurses is a fascinating example of what might be possible in dealing with international problems....