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 kyoko.uchida@candid.org.

Supporting the South's small businesses is supporting an equitable recovery

Supporting the South's small businesses is supporting an equitable recovery

Beth Bafford, Jennifer Gadberry April 17, 2021

Beth Bafford, vice president of syndications and strategy at Calvert Impact Capital, and Jennifer Gadberry, vice president of asset management at the Heifer Foundation, explain why support for small buinesses is key to the post-pandemic recovery in the South....

To save lives, fund syringes

To save lives, fund syringes

Zachary Ford April 12, 2021

A spate of grim statistics underscores the need for the U.S. to adopt evidence-based drug policies that can save lives and improve outcomes for people who use drugs, writes Ford, a senior program manager at AIDS United, where he oversees the Syringe Access Fund....

Climate philanthropy beyond the check: holding banks accountable

Climate philanthropy beyond the check: holding banks accountable

Jill Soffer March 11, 2021

The co-founder of Our Part, a foundation that funds climate and democracy work, calls on foundations and high-net-worth donors to help advance the climate action movement by demanding that their banks not to finance the fossil fuel projects their grantees are fighting to stop....

The Audacity of Joe Biden

The Audacity of Joe Biden

Neil Ghosh February 11, 2021

Ghosh, chief executive officer of SOS Children's Villages USA and founder of the Global Youth Initiative, urges Americans to reclaim their civic courage....

Prioritize public education in our philanthropic COVID-19 response

Prioritize public education in our philanthropic COVID-19 response

Rachel Levin, Ana Ponce January 27, 2021

The executive director of Great Public Schools Now and the president of Fundamental outline how philanthropy can encourage and support educators and school district leaders to take the longer view that will be needed to recover from the pandemic even as they struggle to manage a seemingly endless list of day-to-day challenges....

DAF donors showed us who they were in 2020

DAF donors showed us who they were in 2020

Eileen Heisman January 24, 2021

DAFs are sometimes called the "rainy day funds" of philanthropy, writes Heisman, because DAF donors actively use their DAFs to support urgent charitable priorities while saving for future needs, and in 2020 they did just that....

3 ways to decolonize philanthropy right now

3 ways to decolonize philanthropy right now

Geoffrey Thige, Jailan Adly January 14, 2021

The incoming and outgoing CEOs of RefuSHE share three ways to decolonize philanthropy; and we look back at the most popular posts on the blog in 2020....

Challenging ableism through language justice

Challenging ableism through language justice

Rachele Tardi, Zachary Turk December 28, 2020

The director and a program officer with the Youth Exchange at the Open Society Foundations share lessons learned about what it means in practice to apply language justice to all stages of grantmaking, centering disabled people in those processes....

Being bold in a time of uncertainty

Being bold in a time of uncertainty

Peter Sloane December 17, 2020

If there has ever been a time when we need to embrace bold solutions in education, especially to the challenges faced by the underserved, writes Sloane, now is the time...