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.

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....