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.

Ensuring Sustainability for Philanthropic Investments With Data

Ensuring Sustainability for Philanthropic Investments With Data

Verna Eggleston   |   December 22, 2015

Bloomberg Philanthropies' Verna Eggleston explains how the recently launched Equal Footing portal can boost the impact of philanthropic investments and ensure the sustainability of development efforts in Central Africa....

Raising the Next Generation of Givers

Raising the Next Generation of Givers

Ami Nahshon   |   November 10, 2015

Creating a legacy of shared family giving is one of the best available ways of preparing future generations for leadership roles in their communities, writes nonprofit consultant Ami Nahshon....

Consortial Leadership to Scale and Sustain Innovation

Consortial Leadership to Scale and Sustain Innovation

Anne W. Bezbatchenko, Loni M. Bordoloi   |   October 6, 2015

Scaling change. Short- and long-term impact. Indicators of success. Dissemination. Effect. Sustainability. Foundation officers frequently utter these phrases. In most cases, these words reflect a heartfelt concern for change in the desired area, and, to be sure, big bucks often are put behind such efforts....

Change Management From the Inside Out

Change Management From the Inside Out

Susan Danish   |   August 20, 2015

I have been thinking a lot about change lately. It's no secret that external change is often the enemy of an organization's long-term impact. Think changes in public policy. Trends in fundraising. Challenges to mission. Shifts in consumer sentiment....

Corporate Social Responsibility: Empowerment Is Key

Corporate Social Responsibility: Empowerment Is Key

Sophia Stransky   |   August 17, 2015

Businesses understand the importance of giving back to their communities; research has shown that in order to earn trust in the communities where they work, corporations should start by doing "good business that has a positive societal impact".... 

Why Venture Philanthropy Is the Future of Giving

Why Venture Philanthropy Is the Future of Giving

Bruce Dewar   |   August 13, 2015

For decades, the formula has remained unchanged: donors give to charities, nonprofits, and other social purpose organizations...and organizations, in turn, use those donations to run their programs and offer services in their communities....

Philanthropy's Difficult Dance With Inequality

Philanthropy's Difficult Dance With Inequality

Bradford K. Smith   |   July 7, 2015

America's foundations do not easily use the word "inequality." This may seem surprising in the wake of the Ford Foundation's recent announcement that it will refocus 100 percent of its grantmaking on "inequality in all its forms," but perhaps it shouldn't....

Restoring Eyesight: Leveraging Tech to Empower People

Restoring Eyesight: Leveraging Tech to Empower People

Jennie Phillips, Kate Maguire, Shirley R. Steinberg, Shujaat Wasty   |   June 30, 2015

Jadi Begum Bi lives in a small mud house near Sargodha, Pakistan. She may never meet Shakil Khan, a member of a displaced community near Syedpur, Bangladesh, or Raju Sharma, a laborer in Patna, India. They all have one thing in common, though....