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.

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....

Trends and Transitions in Education Reform and Philanthropy

Trends and Transitions in Education Reform and Philanthropy

Janet Lopez   |   May 26, 2019

The most recent Benchmarking Survey from Grantmakers In Education highlights an important and difficult question, writes Lopez: How will we navigate the challenge of sharing power with those who have historically had little, especially on occasions when their ideas differ from our own?...

The Privilege and Peril of Becoming a Foundation CEO

The Privilege and Peril of Becoming a Foundation CEO

Julia Lopez, Tom David   |   May 15, 2019

Securing and promoting a "name brand" CEO may be an accepted business strategy in our celebrity-obsessed culture, write Lopez and David, but the benefit to a philanthropic foundation is difficult to gauge....

Notre-Dame de Paris: What Can Philanthropy Learn?

Notre-Dame de Paris: What Can Philanthropy Learn?

Lauren Bradford   |   May 8, 2019

The philanthropic response to the catastrophic fire at the iconic, eight-hundred-year-old cathedral is an opportunity, writes Bradford, for "greater self-reflection, education, and transparency in philanthropy"....

Taxes, Inequality, and the Public Good

Taxes, Inequality, and the Public Good

Mark Rosenman   |   May 2, 2019

Because our economic system depends on Americans having confidence in its fairness and equity, writes Rosenman, nonprofit leaders must do what they can to ensure that wealthy Americans pay their fair share of taxes....