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.

Uniting to protect and empower women Is everyone's responsibility

Uniting to protect and empower women Is everyone's responsibility

S. Mona Sinha June 24, 2020

The board chair of Women Moving Millions calls for trust-based investment in grassroots organizations led by women who are proximate to the issues rooted in gender discrimination as the only long-term, sustainable answer to centuries of patriarchy and white privilege....

The solution for saving mom-and-pop businesses

The solution for saving mom-and-pop businesses

John Hamilton June 9, 2020

The vice president of economic opportunity at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund calls for mobilizing private capital to help small businesses — especially those led by women and people of color — and urges impact investors to look to CDFIs....

COVID-19 is prompting a global response from impact investors

COVID-19 is prompting a global response from impact investors

Giselle Leung June 5, 2020

Leung, a managing director of the Global Impact Investing Network, argues that the global post-pandemic recovery will require the full spectrum of capital, from philanthropic to commercial, and blended-finance structures — long noted for their potential to bring different types of investors together to address urgent challenges — could rise to a new level of prominence....

Why Philanthropy Can't Forget About CBOs in a Public Health Crisis

Why Philanthropy Can't Forget About CBOs in a Public Health Crisis

Carmen Perez, Jasmine Dellafosse May 21, 2020

The president and CEO and the senior regional organizer at The Gathering for Justice urge grantmakers to think of community-based organizations as not only as vital community resources but as thought partners who know what vulnerable populations want and need....

The Nonprofit Sector and the 'Shake Shack Effect'

The Nonprofit Sector and the 'Shake Shack Effect'

Deepa Iyer, Frances Kunreuther May 11, 2020

According to Iyer and Kunreuther, foundations can do more to address the racial disparities laid bare by the pandemic by scaling organizations that are most proximate to needs in vulnerable communities while increasing their support for organizing and power-building strategies....

Philanthropy's Moment: Advocating for and Funding What's Essential

Philanthropy's Moment: Advocating for and Funding What's Essential

Andrew Wolk May 6, 2020

The CEO of Root Cause urges foundations to communicate their commitment to maintaining funding for grantees over an extended period of time and to even tap endowments to provide support for frontline responders and direct service providers....

4 Design Essentials to Spark Lasting Change

4 Design Essentials to Spark Lasting Change

Jessica Anderson, Talia Milgrom-Elcott April 6, 2020

Many of the challenges we face are too large and too complex to be solved by any individual organization working alone, write Milgrom-Elcott and Anderson, but most funding flows to individual organizations; this mismatch is a key reason why progress too often stalls....

Coronavirus Highlights the Gaping Holes in Our Healthcare and Labor System

Coronavirus Highlights the Gaping Holes in Our Healthcare and Labor System

Carol Barton March 19, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 in the United States, writes Barton, is about to bring us face-to-face with a simple fact: only fair wages, a strong social safety net, and universal paid family and medical leave will protect Americans from the worst consequences of the virus.... 

Addressing Student Debt Through Philanthropy

Addressing Student Debt Through Philanthropy

Will Abele February 27, 2020

The chair of the Abele Family Foundation, who recently made an $11 million gift to Ursinus College for scholarships, urges philanthropists to think about the costs today's college students face and how they can pay forward the rewards they have received from their own education....

Looking Back on the Quest to Eliminate Trachoma

Looking Back on the Quest to Eliminate Trachoma

Danny Haddad February 24, 2020

Haddad, chief of programs at Orbis International, a global nonprofit that works to transform lives through the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness, recounts how a young medical student trained in Europe ended up dedicating his life to eliminating the scourge of trachoma....