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.

Fit to Fund: Who Should Pay to Raise Standards for Good Financial Grant Practice?

Fit to Fund: Who Should Pay to Raise Standards for Good Financial Grant Practice?

Michael Kilpatrick   |   December 11, 2019

Funders have a right to expect that their nonprofit grantees have systems and structures in place to manage grants effectively and ethically, writes Kilpatrick. Does that also mean they have a responsibility to invest in the grant management capabilities of they organizations they entrust with funds?

When Less Is More: Cities Unlock the Potential of Micro-Philanthropy

When Less Is More: Cities Unlock the Potential of Micro-Philanthropy

Myung J. Lee, Ras J. Baraka   |   December 5, 2019

The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and the executive director of Cities of Service argue that a citizen-led microgrant program allows for a more accurate identification of the challenges that people in a community want to see addressed....

Building the Community We'd Like to See

Building the Community We'd Like to See

Patrick M. McCarthy   |   August 15, 2019

McCarthy, who retired in December as president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, explains why the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund represents a commitment to the that city's most important resource: its young people....

Open Educational Resources: A Viable Alternative in a Changing Landscape

Open Educational Resources: A Viable Alternative in a Changing Landscape

Ryan Erickson-Kulas   |   August 6, 2019

Erickson-Kulas, a program officer at the Michelson 20MM Foundation, explains how the consolidation of publishers could drive up textbook prices and calls on philanthropic funders to invest in open educational resources (OER) — freely licensed materials such as textbooks, tests, and software that reside in the public domain....

Youth Apprenticeship: Accelerating a Path to College and Career Success

Youth Apprenticeship: Accelerating a Path to College and Career Success

New America   |   July 8, 2019

The funders of the Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship, an initiative to promote more equitable and sustainable pathways to economic mobility, explain their collaboration with educators and employers to build more scalable long-term solutions that have been proven to help youth acquire the skills they need to navigate the rapidly changing world of work....